If you want a bespoke car, you can’t do much better than a Rolls-Royce. Designer Stefan Monro – who did his internship at the British company – thinks they’d be just as good at building luxury yachts as they are at building luxury cars. And his Rolls-Royce 450EX yacht concept is pretty good evidence.
The Rolls-Royce 450EX yacht was partially inspired by the Rolls-Royce Phantom, it even features the large, imposing rectangular grille and “Spirit of Ecstasy” ornament familiar to all Rollers. And while the concept is not officially associated with Rolls-Royce, Monro was assisted with the design direction during his internship. In short. If Rolls-Royce were to make a luxury yacht, then there’s a good chance it would look something similar to this.
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The Rolls-Royce Wraith is the coupe version of the Rolls Royce Ghost. It’s been previewed a couple of times ahead of its Geneva Motor Show Unveiling, but nothing of substance. And now here it is in all its leather-lined glory.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith is the most powerful car the company has ever built. And that power comes courtesy of a V12 engine which produces 624 horsepower, and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm). The transmission is an incredibly fancy piece of technology which uses GPS mapping to ensure the correct gear is always selected for the road ahead! Basically it knows if there’s a hill or a sharp corner coming up and if it should drop it down a cog to compensate. Now that’s clever. Eerie. But clever. Performance-wise the Rolls-Royce Wraith offers a 4.4 second 0-60 mph time. But I think most typical Rolls buyers will be more interested in the built-in ‘on-board valet’.
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Rolls-Royce today announced the launch of their next model. Called the Rolls-Royce Wraith, the new car will be revealed for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show on 5 March 2013. While the company have been careful not to give too much away before the car’s official unveiling. They have stated that the Wraith will be the most powerful and dynamic vehicle in the company’s history.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said of the Wraith: “Expect the boldest design, the most dramatic performance and the most powerful Rolls-Royce that has ever played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. We will present a model whose starting point is luxury, refinement and exclusivity, traits that have made Rolls-Royce the world’s pinnacle luxury good for the last 108 years. This is a car not only defined by a timeless elegance, but one that encapsulates a sense of power, style and drama.”
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Ugur Sahin Design is a Dutch company founded in 2007 which specialises in bespoke coachbuilt automobiles. Their fully-functional Soleil ANADI prototype, which was a development of their Chevrolet Corvette Z03 concept, was unveiled at the Top Marques Monaco show last year, so they have proven experience in transforming slick digital models into vehicles you can actually get in and drive.
The absurdly long-named Ugur Sahin Design Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II is a homage to the original Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe I, which was built in Belgium by Henri Jonckheere and his son Joseph in 1935. Sadly the car was destroyed during WW2. Later Jonckheere went on to make a name for themselves across Europe as manufacturers of bodywork for both cars and buses. Today the company still exists as VDL Jonckheere.
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The Rolls-Royce Ghost Six Senses Concept is a bespoke, ultra-luxurious Ghost which has been designed to stimulate the senses by using tactile materials, soothing sounds and comforting aromas.
The Ghost Six Senses concept takes the idea of the luxury chauffeur driven automobile to the next level of refinement – and price. To miss-quote the Bruce Willis movie “The Sixth Sense”, if you see one of these on the road you can most definitely say, “I see rich people”. Sorry, I thought up the rather obvious quip and then felt it needed to be crow-barred into the article. Rolls Royce haven’t actually provided a guide price for the concept. But that’s more than likely because its price is irrelevant to those few capable of buying it.
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At the Masterpiece London 2011 fair (June 29th – July 5th) Rolls-Royce will be displaying a one-off example of the Phantom Drophead Coupe.
At the Masterpiece London event, hundreds of exhibitors will be displaying and selling all kinds of artwork, antique furniture, expensive watches, and centuries-old literature. Just the kind of stuff you’d expect the typical Rolls-Royce owner to have laying around the house.
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