Rolls-Royce teases first image of new Phantom

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A week before its official unveiling, take a look at the latest automotive haute couture offering in the Rolls-Royce stable…

British luxury automaker Rolls-Royce has unveiled the first teaser image of the new Phantom VIII. While the still image reveals little, it does hint at a new front look courtesy of redesigned headlights. The latest iteration of one of the world’s most luxurious cars has been confirmed as the final Phantom for the brand’s highly anticipated ‘The Great Eight Phantoms exhibition’, which will also include Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Phantom VI State Limousine, The Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan’s Phantom IV, the Marshal Montgomery’s Phantom III, and the Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Phantom II Continental.

The new Phantom VIII will make its debut at ‘The Great Eight Phantoms exhibition’ at Bonhams in Mayfair, England on July 27.

 

 

Here’s What the Future of BMW and Rolls-Royce Might Look Like

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German car maker BMW is giving us a look at the future of automobiles with its latest video. Aptly-titled ‘A New Era’, the short film shows off BMW’s range of brands from BMW, Mini, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad and what we can possibly expect in the not very far future.

The BMW Motorrad concept motorcycle features a digitized visor that offers data right in your range of vision, while the BMW car is self-driving. The Rolls-Royce concept looks especially futuristic, with a ‘virtual chauffeur’ that spells the height of luxury. Lastly, the Mini concept is customizable.

Check out the video below and see what BMW envisions is the future…

 

 

 

Rolls-Royce premieres Spirit of Ecstasy film, the first in a new series

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London, 1904. The story of a legend begins. For more than 100 years, the Spirit of Ecstasy has been a guiding force for visionaries, pioneers and those who dream of reaching the impossible. A new must-watch film has been released to retell the incredible story of an automotive icon.

Luxury British carmaker Rolls-Royce has released the first short film in a new series that will highlight the evolution of the brand that has become the most coveted name in automotive. Aptly titled Spirit of Ecstasy – also the name of that hood ornament – the first clip is narrated by Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and brings the viewers back to the very beginning of the brand, introducing them to the founders and their muse.

The Spirit of Ecstasy has stood on the prow of every Rolls-Royce since 1911, representing the best of everything, whilst silently guiding through life those exceptional people who have made our world turn. This is a story that inspires greatness and needs to be told. Our worldwide search for the perfect voice of the Spirit of Ecstasy led us back to West Sussex, England, where both Kate Winslet and Rolls-Royce, two British icons reside. Kate Winslet brings her great talent to this role.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

Episode one charts the course of Rolls-Royce as it gains acclaim and recognition in the early 20th century for both its luxury as well as endurance capabilities. It also throws the spotlight on English actress Eleanor Thonton, the inspiration behind the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy.

The film series is in anticipation of the launch of the next generation of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, due out in 2018. Come into the beautiful world of Rolls-Royce.

The future of luxury mobility Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100

The Vision Next 100 has to be the most extreme concept ever built by Rolls-Royce since its founding in 1906. This exploration of an autonomous vehicle is perhaps most interesting for the design, and its clear inspiration from the most beautiful cars of the 1930s, while looking completely at home in the 2030s and beyond. Luggage storage is pleasantly retro as well, with two grand tourer cases that open up from a slot behind the floating front fender, where the engine would normally be.

Earlier, group mate BMW showed with a study model of the same name what it has in store for the future consumer. After the BMW Vision Next 100, the BMW group is today introducing the Rolls-Royce of the future to us.

In addition to the Vision Next 100 title in ALL CAPS, this concept has been given the name 103 EX in the tradition of the British brand (there were already the 101EX and 102EX). The more things change, the more they stay the same. Rolls Royce therefore wants to stick to the ideas of Sir Henry Royce.

In addition to the Vision Next 100 title in ALL CAPS, this concept has been given the name 103 EX in the tradition of the British brand (there were already the 101EX and 102EX). The more things change, the more they stay the same. Rolls Royce therefore wants to stick to the ideas of Sir Henry Royce.

Because the idea of ​​the Vision Next concepts lies more in sketching a picture of the future than in presenting concrete models to be introduced, it is very questionable what we will eventually see in return.

Looking towards the next 100 years, each and every Rolls-Royce will be a unique work of art. Shape, size and silhouette – you will be able to craft your vision entirely from the wheels up.

If it is up to Rolls-Royce, it is mainly due to the clientele of the brand. In the future, the brand mainly wants to work towards a much higher degree of personalization. The time of unique carriages will definitely be back in the future, according to Rolls Royce.

This 5.9 meter long Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 is more a spa than a car. The future vision of the British luxury brand is completely autonomous and has a ‘Virtual Assistant’ on board, named Eleanor. A nice hint to the past, because actress Eleanor Thornton once modeled for The Spirit of Ecstasy, the well-known image at the front of every Rolls-Royce. Yet it is not the only hint to the past, because the brand believes that personalization will continue much further in the coming years. There must be unique bodies, just like in the times when coachbuilders made unique ones.

The only thing the cars are going to share is the lightweight platform. Furthermore, each car will be assembled by hand and made completely to the customer’s wishes, both in terms of design and equipment. This even means that the customer can determine how long the car should be, because the wheelbase is also completely as desired. It always has a powerful electric powertrain.

No driver’s seat or steering wheel, but a two-seater sofa and a huge OLED screen across the entire width of the car. You also no longer do boarding with a doorman. No, the whole car folds open so you can walk in and take a seat. At the same time, you can make a large entrance by opening the entire car. This is supported by LED lamps, which project a kind of red carpet on the ground.

The personal assistant Eleanor is given a form of artificial intelligence. For example, it remembers the favorite routes, but also the taste of the passenger. This way the system knows exactly to which restaurant or gallery the car should be sent.

In the future, your luggage will no longer be in the trunk, but it will be neatly tucked behind a compartment in the side. Unload yourself? No, the car can do it itself, as Rolls-Royce puts it, ‘hand it to the doorman’.

Rolls-Royce sees a future for coachbuilding (again) and wants to be able to work out a concept proposed by the buyer in the form of a completely unique coach.

Raise your glass

Christmas shoppers desperate for a gift for the one who already has everything might be desperate, especially since the 25th is just around the corner. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is pleased to present a limited edition Cocktail ‘basket’ designed to satisfy the needs of customers who want to relax with something more than the traditional glass of champagne.

Life may be about the journey, but we can all make time for the finer things on the way. Inspired by the launch of Dawn, the Rolls-Royce Cocktail Hamper is the British carmakers most sociable accessory to date. With only 15 to be made, it’s also one of their most exclusive.

Everything they create at Rolls-Royce combines an equal measure of beauty and practicality. The same is true for the limited edition Rolls-Royce Cocktail Hamper. Expertly handcrafted from aluminium, carbon fibre, walnut and leather, the hamper contains everything needed to create and enjoy your favourite cocktails with friends.

As with their motor cars, the detail of each item has been meticulously thought through, from the fine cotton napkins, to the American walnut muddler, to the laser-cut cocktail strainer, engraved with our ‘RR’ monogram.

The enjoyment of a fine cocktail is undeniably enhanced by the quality of your glass. To create the unique glassware for the limited edition Cocktail Hamper, Rolls-Royce commissioned the world’s most renowned glassmaker and supplier of many of Europe’s Royal Courts, Theresienthal. Since 1836, their craftspeople have followed their time-honoured technique of blowing glass into beech wood moulds to guarantee an exceptionally smooth finish. Each glass is topped with a platinum halo.

Whether your guests prefer a classic Negroni or something more experimental, you’ll find a selection of the finest cocktail recipes in the Rolls-Royce Cocktail Collection. The collection is made in partnership with two experts from the Dorchester Collection’s London hotels, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane.

Finally, the basket comes with a glass tray that is discreetly housed under the integrated wooden cutting board, so drinks are presented to guests in consummate Rolls-Royce luxury.

Unfortunately, the cocktail kit is available in a very limited number, the British car manufacturer only makes 15 copies. Of course the cocktail baskets fit perfectly in the Ghost, Dawn and Phantom. As we have come to expect from Rolls-Royce, this exclusivity comes with a hefty price tag, for over £26,000 (around €30,000) this cocktail bar can be yours – and alcohol is not included. Come into the beautiful world of Rolls-Royce.