Tyson Fury Arrives in Rolls-Royce Phantom British Might meets British Power. Tyson Fury arrives for the Official Weigh-In of his lineal Heavyweight Championship Fight in the pinnacle of Rolls-Royce excellence, a 2019 Phantom. The contest will be happening on Saturday, September 14th 10P/ET at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Tyson Fury will be defending his championship against Swedish boxer, Otto Wallin.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars revealed today the ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Collection,’ Inspired by the hills, sand and sea surrounding Pebble Beach, this year’s collection is the most colorful yet. The Collection includes 13 beautiful Bespoke Commissions offered exclusively for the clients attending Monterey Car Week 2019 and will be revealed at a series of exclusive activities hosted by the luxury brand throughout the week.
The collection is headlined by the brand’s flagship, Phantom. Rolls-Royce Bespoke designers have cloaked this Phantom in a shimmering Black Diamond and Gold Bespoke exterior. The interior features the Rolls-Royce Phantom Gallery, a feature available in no other motor car in the world, is designed to house personalized art making the Phantom an extension of its owners art and design collection. The ‘Best Car in the World’ raised the bar of luxury with the introduction of the new Rolls-Royce ‘Architecture of Luxury’ which delivers the ‘magic carpet ride’, defining Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Cullinan marks its second year at Pebble Beach with some of the most extensive Bespoke designs of in the ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Collection.’ The four vehicles on display during the week feature colors including, Burnout Grey, Black Green, Iced Gunmetal and Galilea Blue. The iced finish showcases one of the most popular innovations in surface finishes from the paint specialists at Rolls-Royce. The subtle finish offers the solid effect of matte colors with an elegant shine. Color finish innovations are nothing new to a design group that has built finishes using glass, silver, gold and even diamonds for Bespoke commissions.
The ‘Pebble Beach 2019 Pastel Collection’ – Black Badge goes beyond Black
Following recent years of alternating drought, fire and rain, the Monterey Peninsula this year is awash in seas of colorful wildflowers. Highlighting this year’s debuts are a trio of Bespoke motor cars showcasing the creative color capabilities of the Bespoke designers in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce. The Pastel Collection draws upon painter’s palette of colors this year’s ‘wildflower superbloom’ on the Monterey Peninsula. The collection includes three one-of-one Black Badge Commissions adding new colors to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke palate and reaffirming the idea that Black Badge Rolls-Royce don’t have to be black.
The collection starts with Black Badge Ghost in Light Green Solid, a new Bespoke exterior Finish. The pastel green represents the rebirth of the flora on the peninsula following the years of drought and fire. The hand-crafted leather interior is Black with a striking Serenity Green splash highlighting the iconic Black Badge technical fiber.
The drophead creation among the collection is Black Badge Dawn in Coral Solid which showcases the Bespoke finish that can only come after seven coats of paint and more than 9 hours of hand polishing in the Goodwood paint workshop. The new pastel color carries over to the Bespoke aero cowling giving the Dawn a colorful yet aggressive exterior. The Black Badge Dawn interior is finished in Artic White and Sunset carrying over the visual imagery of the blooming northern California hills and valleys.
The final piece of the trio is Black Badge Wraith in Semaphore Yellow, a bright and sunny finish for the most powerful member of the Rolls-Royce family. Black Badge Wraith features a Selby Grey and Lemon interior with the iconic Rolls-Royce Black Badge Starlight Headliner. The ‘Roll-Royce 2019 Pastel Collection’ presents Black Badge unlike you’ve ever seen before.
This collection showcases the alter ego of Rolls-Royce Bespoke as the brand highlights the potential of its Black Badge Bespoke offer. The combined skills of the Bespoke craftspeople from the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England, and the rebellious spirit of Black Badge has propelled the brand into the 21st century appealing to the risk-taker who is not afraid to embrace a bold and progressive statement of true and modern luxury, in an aggressive form. All Black Badge commissions feature a stunning technical fiber fascia and interior accents as well as custom Black Badge Bespoke Starlight Headliners and Bespoke ‘Pebble Beach 2019 – special commission’ treadplates.
“Every year thousands of Rolls-Royce Owners come together for Monterey Car Week, It’s one of our most important family gatherings each year around the world, especially for our American owners. This year we present the largest offering of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars ever and in the most vivid Bespoke colors and configurations in history. Each and every commission has been created by the designers and craftspeople at Goodwood, home of Rolls-Royce working with the finest metal, leather, wood and precious materials. It’s thrilling to introduce the 2019 Pebble Beach Collection as the world gathers to view he classics the brand has created over the past 115 years.” Martin Fritsches, President of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America.
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● The House of Rolls-Royce marks 115 years of pinnacle luxury at event with Sotheby’s
● The two brands celebrated the occasion with a spectacular themed five-course dinner held in the newly expanded and re-imagined galleries at Sotheby’s headquarters in New York City
● Rolls Royce marked the occasion with the announcement of a one-of-a-kind 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom to be offered this fall in a Sotheby’s online-only auction in partnership with RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles
May 4th 2019 marks the 115th anniversary of the historic first meeting between the Honourable Charles Rolls and Sir Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, UK. This first gathering lead to the birth of what has become the most influential luxury brand in history, Rolls-Royce. To mark this occasion Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated the evening with an exclusive dinner at Sotheby’s in their newly expanded and re-imagined 90,000+ square foot galleries in New York City. The event was a gathering of two historic brands who combined possess nearly four centuries of experience in providing the word’s elite with luxury client service. During the immersive, interactive dinner, Rolls-Royce showcased its family of motor cars and announced an online-only auction of a custom Rolls Royce Phantom to be offered this fall.
The House of Rolls-Royce revealed initial sketches of a stunning Bespoke Phantom. While every Phantom that is delivered from Goodwood carries with it a significant level of Bespoke craftsmanship from marquetry, hand-worked leather to precious works of art within the Phantom’s unique Gallery, this one-of-one commission celebrating the 115th anniversary of Rolls-Royce includes an inspired color combination themed in red, including an original hand-crafted leather work of art within the Gallery.
“While Roll-Royce motor cars have a history of crossing the block at RM Sotheby’s, tonight we are looking to the future of the brand. The eight generation Phantom will carry the longest running name in luxury motoring into a new era. Built on the ‘architecture of luxury,’ this new Phantom commission offers one special owner the chance to enjoy a motor car that is bound to be a classic over the next 115 years,” said Martin Fritsches, President and CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas.
“We are honoured that Rolls-Royce chose to partner with Sotheby’s and RM Sotheby’s to offer this incredible Bespoke Phantom. It is far more than a car – it is a work of art. In a testament to our commitment to innovation, we are excited that it will be offered through our online-only auction platform, which continues to be a driving force of our business and the channel of choice for new bidders and buyers,” said David Goodman, Sotheby’s Chief Digital Development & Marketing Officer.
The new Phantom will be Sotheby’s offered this fall by Sotheby’s in an online-only auction on Sothebys.com and delivered though one of Rolls-Royce Motor Car’s 44 retail partners in the Americas. Last year the company delivered 4107 commissions for a record year of growing the family of clients. The Americas remains the largest global region for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars where about one-third of all commissions are delivered. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars develops and delivers the world’s ultimate luxury vehicles. Each Rolls-Royce Motor car is hand crafted at the Home of Rolls-Royce, the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Goodwood England.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Welcome to the House of Rolls-Royce here in Geneva!
Each year we come to Geneva to update you about our business and to share with you some truly special examples of our wonderful products.
And this year is no exception.
As the world’s pinnacle luxury brand, celebrating our 115th anniversary this year, we take great pride in these beautiful and precious items, lovingly handcrafted by the nearly 2000 people who work at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood.
This celebrated facility in West Sussex, is acknowledged as a global centre of luxury manufacturing excellence. It lies at the very heart of the Rolls-Royce success story.
Since 2003 every Rolls-Royce in the world has been created here.
Ladies and Gentlemen, at Rolls-Royce, our clients are our life-blood. They are our heroes and our friends and we are obsessively focused on providing for their needs and desires. For them, being within the warm embrace of the Rolls-Royce family is an unbelievable experience, like no other. And they are deeply appreciative of our hyper-centric attention to the smallest of details.
The Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood has become a must-visit destination for large numbers of our valued clients.
They come from around the world to specify their Rolls-Royces and to meet our designers, engineers and bespoke craftspeople.
Many return later to view their creation being built in our factory or to take delivery of their Rolls-Royce in our fully bespoke Customer Suite.
So, from Goodwood to Geneva, this year, we have brought some of the best examples of products for you view and to enjoy. They are all truly lovely!
We have our complete product offering on our stand today, led by the world’s most exclusive luxury product the Rolls-Royce Phantom, described by many of you in the media and by our customers as “the Best Car in the World”.
Phantom is at the core of our company’s success. It is a global expression of ultimate achievement and I am pleased to report that more and more of our younger customers are experiencing our Phantom short-wheelbase as a self-driver’s car.
Phantom is flanked by Ghost, now in its 10th year of production and still in strong demand around the world. Ghost is a global favorite among our powerful, entrepreneurial clients.
Then, we have brought from Goodwood examples of our two highly contemporary, seductive coupe models.
Wraith – here in its Black Badge guise – is the ultimate powerful and agile Grand Tourer. Edgy and menacing, Wraith appeals to our young clients who are trendsetting, cosmopolitan citizens of the world.
And then, Dawn, our truly beautiful sexy and seductive drophead coupe. Dawn is much loved by our more social, fun-loving customers who crave the sensual pleasure of open-air travel.
Finally, to complete our product line-up we are joined this year by our hugely successful Rolls-Royce Cullinan, our first SUV.
Cullinan was launched to great global acclaim last year and has received effusive headlines in the media and an enthusiastic welcome from our customers.
I am delighted to tell you that our forward orders for Cullinan stretch into the fourth quarter of this year.
We are in full production at our Goodwood factory and continue to make substantial investments, including the employment of an additional 200 associates, in order to meet this very pleasing customer demand.
I can confidently say today that Rolls-Royce is set on a continuous and successful growth trajectory.
And speaking of success, it is with great pride that I can tell you that 2018 was another exceptional year for Rolls-Royce.
We set an historic business record, achieving our highest annual sales in our marque’s 115-year history.
We delivered 4,107 cars to customers in over 50 countries around the world and in doing so achieved year-on-year sales growth in all regions. The Americas remained our largest market.
But at Rolls-Royce it’s not all about volume.
Our unique and successful business model focuses on preserving the rarity of our products, which is a key demand of our customers, while at the same time achieving record levels of profitability.
This, we believe, is the real hallmark of how a true luxury brand should be managed.
In this regard I am happy to report that the Rolls-Royce business generates pleasing profits and we continue to contribute to the bottom line of our shareholder, the BMW Group.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please take a close look at and enjoy all the fine Rolls-Royces on our stand. Each one contains unique and beautiful examples of our world- renowned Bespoke offerings.
No other manufacturer of luxury goods can equal customer personalization to this level.
Indeed, today more than ever, it is globally recognized that “Bespoke IS Rolls-Royce”.
To more fully understand our Bespoke offering, please do take a particularly close look at this beautiful Phantom Tranquillity.
Created for those who conceive and achieve the impossible, Tranquillity is an expression of Phantom’s standing as the rarest and most desired object in the luxury world.
The Tranquillity Collection is strictly limited to just 25 examples worldwide and I am pleased to tell you that they have already all been purchased by discerning Rolls- Royce collectors.
Look into the car and see the tasteful integration of wafer thin shavings of the Muonionalusta meteor that fell to earth in Sweden over a hundred years ago.
And enjoy the highly reflective stainless steel, 24 carat gold plating and space grade aluminium elements in the car.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is the contemporary Rolls-Royce of today – a 115 year old brand, completely relevant in the present and moving purposefully into the future. A vibrant, successful and sustainable business, providing the most discerning people in the world with the rarest and very best luxury products and service on Earth.
As for the future: well, as you can imagine, we are not standing still!
We are imagineering and already engineering an exciting future for Rolls-Royce. A future that will be fully electric, digital and technologically innovative while never overlooking our commitment to the custodianship of the great Rolls-Royce brand.
This is what our customers and the world expects of us and rest assured, this is what we will deliver.
But for now, thank you for listening and I invite you to join me and my colleagues on the stand for a closer look at our lovely cars.
CHANGE IS GOOD.
As of late, Rolls-Royce invited a slew of journalists and digital influencers from around the globe to test out their newly introduced SUV. Jackson Hole, Wyoming is notably recognized for it’s elite residents and celebrity visitors alike, including Kanye West, Sandra Bullock and Harrison Ford. Yet, this time around the Snow King Resort and one of its steepest slopes had become acquainted with the Cullinan. Not the largest rough diamond found in South Africa in 1905 but the manufacturer’s first-ever sport utility vehicle. Yes, we couldn’t conceive that a Rolls could ever climb a mountain but seeing is believing.
As we ascended to the top with the 6000 lb gem, she started to metamorphose from a stately Caterpillar into bodacious butterfly. We went over unpaved trails and ruts all the way to the summit (8010 ft above sea level) for pastries and coffee. On the way down with merely a switch of a button we descended with ease over gravel and dirt all while being enamored by the Spirit of Ecstacy with her wings throwing caution to the wind.
On the road, we felt every bit of 563 hp (627 lb-ft torque @ 1600 rpm) as we swiveled through the two-lane main road with minimal traffic. Just as graceful as her siblings and as celebrated as the Phantom we witnessed tons of townies gawk at her effortless design and styling. Her grill kept in line with the overall DNA of the brand but its standard 22″ part polished shadow wheels matched her midnight sapphire exterior nicely.
Our deep scarlet red leather interior was enunciated with the usual technology and innovation of their BMW iDrive-inspired infotainment system as seen in the Ghost; however, in the back we had separate seats and access to tablet-like screens which erupted by the touch of a button. Along the back top panels were buttons to dial up or down the 22-speaker bespoke sound system which mimicked an IMAX theater. We bopped around the back in comfort and chit chatted with no outside noise due to their 200 lbs of sound-deadening insulation and privacy glass which lurks behind your head.
Like most automobiles in this segment, her dual-pane sunroof opened up wide enough for you to want to hop up and cleave your head out while screaming all the way to prom. Our model didn’t feature the tailgate retractable seats; but nonetheless this vehicle will most likely end up at some stadium for playoffs with a chilled champagne bottle and scotch in the back middle console with custom etched snifters.
This vehicle’s MSRP is $325,000 but our model tested was approximately $400,000. Is the price worth it? Hell yes! After all, this is the first in its family, which can conform to most terrains and excursions. Go figure, the youngest in its batting order can be used to pick the kids up from school, off-road and be chauffeured to Rihanna’s Annual Diamond Ball. It’s highly probable you may see this truck at a Costco’s as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce’s next On The Run tour. Having said that, this is most decidedly one of Rolls-Royce’s more practical vehicles as it will and can be used on an everyday basis. With its dynamic all-terrain capabilities, safety features and height, you’ll have more command of the road that any of its tribe members.
Today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars marked a very special delivery to car collector Michael Fux. With the arrival of his tenth Bespoke commission in as many years, Mr. Fux added another Bespoke color to his personal collection. His Rolls-Royce ‘Phantom in Fuxia’ was unveiled by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars during the Monterey Car Week festivities. The Phantom Extended Wheelbase with a stunning exterior Fux Intense Fuxia Pearl, marked the seventh unique color named and reserved exclusively for Mr. Fux.
The Intense Fuxia Pearl exterior finish features a special pearl paint mixed with flakes of Fux Fuxia in seven layers, hand polished to a deep lustrous sheen with a glimmer of bright ‘Fuxia’. The interior of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase is trimmed is Fuxia and Arctic White trim making the ultra-luxurious individual seating configuration lavish and bright. The front compartment features an all-new Gallery, ‘Regatta Sails’ done in Bespoke Fuxia.
Mr. Fux’s Rolls-Royces are the highlight of his collection including over 140 of the world’s most unique and colorful motor cars. Arriving in the United States as a Cuban immigrant as a child, Mr. Fux built a series of successful businesses in the bedding and linen industry. Today, he strives to give something back to the communities he has worked in. Since establishing the Michael Fux foundation in 2006, he has donated millions of dollars to enrich the lives of children stricken with serious illnesses. In addition to building the Fux Family Center at the Miami Children’s hospital, Mr. Fux and his wife Gloria hold multiple events each year to sustain the center and entertain the children. The colorful collection of cars are used at fundraisers to raise money to benefit the needy.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has dozens of colors reserved for numerous clients around the globe. Among the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars he has commissioned, Mr. Fux ‘owns’ nine Bespoke colors, more than any other patron of the brand. These colors can only by used by or with the permission of the client.
· Fux Fuxia Pearl (Phantom)
· Fux Fuxia (Dawn)
· Fux Blue Candy (Dawn)
· Fux Intense Jade Pearl (Phantom)
· Fux Aequus Green Jade Pearl (Wraith)
· Fux White (Ghost)
· Fux Purple Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupe)
· Fux Red Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupe)
· Fux Yellow (Phantom Drophead Coupe)
Every day Rolls-Royce’s craftspeople and designers create unique, one-of-kind Bespoke commissions. A Bespoke color is only one of the many hundreds of features offered in Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce.
Ultimate Luxury on Wheels
By Shin Takei
We all know that Rolls-Royce has been defining the pinnacle of luxurious automobiles since 1904. But the comfort level of the first cars were, well, not even close to what it is today, rather a rough outing. The Phantom in its eighth iteration started in 1925 as a replacement for the Silver Ghost and since then has been the top model for Rolls-Royce, hence bearing the duty of being coined the phrase Best Car in the World.
The styling of the Phantom is an evolution of the series, carefully incorporating the DNA of the past into the elegant updated shape. For the first time, the signature grill is gently curved at the top and twin chrome strips run back to the A-pillars and surrounds the windshield. The rear end has been lightened up and a chrome C-pillar garnish defines the passenger compartment. The overall feeling is that it is magnificent and cannot be anything but a Rolls-Royce. We have written before about Bespoke and explained how the owner “tailors” the car to his exact preference and taste. Hence a Phantom is a personal statement of the owner and the owner is the most important aspect of the car because he/she alone determines how his or her Phantom gets built.
The all new twin turbo V12 produces 563bhp @ 5,000rpm with 664 lb ft of torque @ 1,700rpm, more than adequate to propel the 5754lbs car from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds. The ZF 8-speed automatic transmission is silky smooth and shifts are hardly noticeable. The new Architecture of Luxury incorporates an aluminum space frame that will be shared by all new vehicles hereafter including the Cullinan SUV coming later this year. With 4-wheel steering, Electronic Roll Control. GPS and optically monitored air suspension system reading what’s coming on the road ahead, the Phantom just glides through uneven pavement.
The new interior is something to behold. The Gallery is a glass panel that spans the entire dashboard and can display various art work or designs by commissioned artists. The instruments are displayed in front of the driver who sits holding a large diameter steering wheel that is retro in design. In fact the wood paneling, various knobs and rotary switches that operate vents, a/c and the infotainment system are elegant compared to touch panel controls. Every surface is covered in wood or leather and the aroma inside the cabin is heavenly. Enter the Phantom Suite which is now the name of the rear compartment for the Extended Wheelbase model which adds 8.6 inches to the wheelbase. The Suite is a Zen like sanctuary where it is quiet, serene and isolated thanks to 287 lbs of sound insulation making it 10% more quieter than Phantom VII. Here you can relax to multi-adjustable massage seats, gaze at the Starlight Headliner, watch the screens for movies or connect to the internet. Then open the refrigerated compartment, enjoy your chilled Champagne and drink it in the RR crystal glasses with your initials on them. If its congested outside and you’re about to miss a concert at the Met or Disney Hall, just crank up the Rolls Royce Bespoke Audio with 1300 WATTS of power and you won’t miss a thing
Peninsula Hotels, one of the must luxurious hotels in the world have been a partner with Rolls Royce by offering their guests pick up service in a Phantom. Some of the suites come with the use of a chauffeured Phantom when they stay there. Like pairing a fine wine to an exquisite dinner, the Peninsula and a Phantom are well suited for each other.
The 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom VIII is reserved for the top 1% and is a personal statement of the owner. It doesn’t come with autonomous driving feature because the ultimate auto pilot is your chauffeur. Please make mine with the Lalique crystal Spirit of Ecstasy.
For more information, please visit www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com
• First eighth-generation Phantom brought a winning bid of $780,000 at the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Auction
• Rolls-Royce Motor Cars reserved the very first of Phantom, the “Best Car in the World” as the centerpiece of the ‘Phantom Ultimate Power Lot for luxury, motoring and wine lovers.’
• Over past 15 years, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have fetched bids grossing more than $5.8 million for the auction with proceeds benefiting the Naples Children & Education Foundation
On Saturday January 27, 2018, a winning bid of $780,000 secured the honor of owning the very first eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom. Jon Mason and his wife Bonnie from Dover Ohio became the owner of the first Phantom to glide off the line at Goodwood, Home of Rolls-Royce in England. New Phantom offers a wholly new, contemporary design interpretation of Rolls-Royce Phantom DNA. The all-new aluminum ‘Architecture of Luxury’ underpinning the new Phantom is lighter, stiffer, quieter and more technologically advanced. The many years of engineering ensures the architectural and proportional lineage of Rolls-Royce while delivering a whole new level of ‘Magic Carpet Ride.’ All proceeds from the Festival support the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), which has supports more than 60 nonprofit agencies in Collier County Florida benefiting more than 200,000 children.
• New Phantom, the world’s ultimate luxury item, to be auctioned at the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival, the most successful international charity wine auction in the world.
• First standard wheelbase version of New Phantom to be built has been reserved as the centerpiece of the Phantom ‘Ultimate Power Lot’ for luxury, motoring and wine lovers.
• The Lot includes a slot at the coveted 2019 ROBB Report Car of the Year Competition and a curated selection of wine from Alpha Omega, whose handcrafted wines blend the Old World’s winemaking style with New World technology.
Patrons of the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the owner of a very special Rolls-Royce Phantom. The three-day event, founded by the Naples Children & Education Foundation, takes place January 26-28, 2018 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reserved the very first standard wheelbase Phantom as the featured luxury item in what is being heralded as the Phantom ‘Ultimate Power Lot.’ As the longest existing nameplate in motoring history, Phantom has defined British luxury craftsmanship for more than 92 years. Every modern Rolls-Royce is handcrafted exclusively at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England and the all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom marks a new chapter in Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ history.
Proceeds from the Festival’s annual live auction benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation and to round off the Lot, this special delivery, from the Home of Rolls-Royce, comes with the opportunity to participate in the 2019 ROBB Report Car of the Year event. The final component of the lot includes a curated collection of wine from Alpha Omega, a Napa Valley winery that blends the Old World’s European balanced style of winemaking with the New World’s technology to create elegant, Bordeaux-style wines. Paired with a 2018 Phantom in Belladonna Purple with Arctic White and Tailored Purple Bespoke interior, this Lot offers the ultimate in luxury experiences for the luxury, motoring and wine lover.
“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is honored to leverage our position as the world’s leading luxury brand to support the children who benefit from the proceeds of this event,” says Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA President Pedro Mota. “Our owners curate their collection of motor cars and wine alike. And there is no one item more sought after for our collectors than a one of a kind Bespoke Phantom.”
The 2019 ROBB Report Car of the Year judging event, held in Napa Valley in 2018, includes a seat on the Car of the Year judging panel plus accommodation and meals at top rated spots throughout the event. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the ROBB Report have shared a special relationship since the title first emerged as a newsletter for successful Rolls-Royce motor car owners decades ago.
To celebrate the all-new 6.75 liter Rolls-Royce V12 engine in the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Alpha Omega has created a special 6-liter bottle of the 2014 ERA flagship wine etched with the Rolls-Royce badge. The Lot also includes a 12-month, 2-bottle Alpha Omega Wine Club membership. Since the winner will be enjoying some of the best wines that Napa Valley has to offer, they will also have the opportunity to visit Alpha Omega winery for a private vineyard tour complete with lunch and wine pairings in its cave or vineyards for six guests along with a private Library Cellar tasting experience.
A few years ago, Rolls-Royce began noticing that they were in somewhat of a pickle. They’ve unarguably been building the ‘ultimate luxury car’ and have been the leader in that category for over 100+ years; but as of late, the company learned the thing that they do best – isn’t exactly what people want anymore.
The fresh wave of Rolls-Royce consumers are emerging ‘fast money’ elite within a global society whom demand more than just luxury from a brand that purely builds luxury cars. Not coincidentally, Rolls-Royce found a way to keep us in the dark about this, and in doing so created the ‘Black Badge’ edition to answer our cries.
The Ghost Black Badge in the short-wheel base platform is much more athletic and dare we say ‘naughtier’ than in standard configuration. On the exterior, nearly all of the traditional chrome has been blackened including the retractable spirit of ecstasy, window trim, wheels and grille. Although It might appear subtle to the common eye, it has a lot to say to the purist, so for the manufacturer this is a win-win.
The engineering team realized what their job was – keep the class, create the hustle and make it fearless. From the ground up, the frame has been recalibrated to make the Ghost feel like you’re floating on a cloud while cruising down Sunset Boulevard to driving on rails while sprinting across Mulholland Drive. Multi-layered carbon alloy composite 21-inch wheels were designed around the idea of exotic italian super cars from the 70’s era and the tires have low-rolling resistance characteristics. The brakes alone are an outstanding feature on this series and come well-outfitted with energy regeneration, dynamic/cornering control and a host of additional features.
For millennial investors, the Ghost Black Badge also receives an extra 50 or so horsepower pushing output to over 600hp. On the inside, performance and luxury is infused using technical weave on the dashboard; lambswool floor mats; a starlight headliner, which can blink you into a dream and a bespoke premium audio system pumping out 600 watts of youthfulness.
Our Ghost Black Badge arrived in piano black over an extremely irresistable cobalt blue interior with contrasting arctic white stitching which appeared better than the pinstripes on a Zegna suit. The individual seat configuration alongside a cutting-edge infotainment system, housing a 20.5GB hard drive disc for storing music files plus night vision.
The Ghost Black Badge will set you back a mere $416,605 USD, but considering that a Lamborghini will cost more and you can’t bring your friends along for the ride or even hang out in the back seat – it’s nothing short of astonishing. And to imagine, this is the first time we’ve witnessed Rolls-Royce show us their other hand!
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*All photos by Tyren Redd.