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Rolls-Royce Coachbuild

Back in the early day of the automobile, we weren’t talking about cars yet in the early 1900s, the art of coachbuilding was just about the only way people could get an automobile, manufacturers would build a rolling chassis and have it shipped to a coachbuilder who would create a bespoke body for the client, back in those days it was only the superrich that could afford an automobile anyway, so these were a very exclusive mode of transportation, and usually, the result was a one-off or a few-off at most.

Rolls Royce states back in 1904 there were 8,000 automobiles in the UK, compared to 500,000 horse carriages, but things quickly changed, and we hardly see any horse-drawn vehicles these days, albeit used or romantic city tours or during weddings, instead we now have millions of cars on the road, and we wouldn’t be talking about Rolls Royce, the ultimate luxury car builder, if they weren’t trying to go back to the good old days of building bespoke, unique cars for the ultra-high net worth individuals in the world today, those that have no problem taking a $600,000 base car from Goodwood and having it turned into their ultimate expression of individuality … at whatever cost.

Keep in mind we are talking about people that usually already have a massive amount of cars all over the world anyway, including several factory original Rolls Royce cars and most likely a super, or mega yacht … if you think about the fact such a water toy will cost more than $10,000,000 per year just in staff costs and maintenance, the idea of a multi-million, one-off Rolls Royce isn’t so far fetched, because make no mistake, to have a bespoke Rolls Royce coachbuilt just for you won’t just double the base price … it will grow several times over, and I’m sure people like this will still ask ‘how much?’, but I highly doubt they will even blink when they receive the invoice.

While real coachbuilding has been a very niche market for decades, the trend is making a comeback, and let’s not forget Rolls Royce is perfectly suited up for this task, we might have expected the art to die out when Rolls Royce replaced the Silver Cloud series with the Silver Shadow in October 1965, but don’t forget that until 1993 they were still building the classic Phantom VI, still using a separate chassis with coachwork supplied by Rolls-Royce subsidiary H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd.

When the Rolls Royce production moved to Goodwood in 2003, they incorporated the Bespoke option right from the start, but the requests a client could make were still limited by the base car, even with 44,000 different shades available, you can rest assured there will be one client that wants a different shade, and that was possible, but a completely different shape for ‘their’ Rolls Royce wasn’t really possible until recently when the current Phantom model was introduced.

For the first time in history they used their own, proprietary structure, it came down to the fact the chassis only had to have four fixing points at each corner … what’s between those points is customizable, which they made abundantly clear with the 2019 Cullinan and the 2020 new Ghost, and this flexibility with the chassis has opened the doors for further customization … or in Rolls Royce terms, coachbuilding, beyond what was already possible with the Bespoke department.

It would take Rolls Royce four years to have their first coachbuilt car ready for the new chassis, a request came from a client in 2013 to create a two-seater coupé with a massive panoramic roof, much in style with the coachbuilt models from the 1920s and 30s … four years later, in 2017, the world finally saw the Sweptail, with a raked real profile, the roof-line tapering in a sweeping gesture to a bullet tip that houses the center brake light. The coachbuilt bodywork wraps under the car with no visible boundary to the surfaces like the hull of a racing yacht. The underside of the motor car describes a progressive upward arc at the rear departure angle, producing the swept tail that gives the car its name.

Today Rolls Royce proudly presented the new Boat Tail, a unique coachbuilt commission, that clearly shows they intend to keep the option of a one-of-a-kind motorcar an option at Rolls Royce in the modern age, coachbuilding is back for good it seems, the Boat Tail is the result of a four-year partnership between Rolls Royce and three of their most ‘special’ customers.

Rolls Royce Coachbuild doesn’t just receive an order and starts working, each of their clients is closely involved in every step along the way to the creation of ‘their’ car, or a stated in the press release:

“Only the House of Rolls-Royce can offer its Coachbuild clients the inimitable opportunity to commission a product of future historical significance, that is as fundamentally unique as they are, and then participate in every detail of its creation. This is an authentic luxury. This is contemporary patronage in its truest form. This is Rolls-Royce Coachbuild.”

When you want to have some special options or a one-off color for your new Rolls Royce, you turn to their Bespoke department, but this new Coachbuild department takes things several steps further, if we look at the new Boat Tail, this means a total of 1,813 new parts had to be created, just for this car, it took eight months to create the aluminum spaceframe structure to support the large Boat Tail, just for the rear section five new ECU had to be made, taking another nine months of development so the aft deck lids to open to an appropriate 67-degree angle, incorporate a highly secure locking mechanism and integrate a total climate control system to the rear hosting suite to preserve any cuisine stowed on board.

And this new Rolls Royce Coachbuild Boat Tail isn’t a concept car, it is completely street legal with full homologation, she underwent rigorous testing just like a normal ‘production’ Rolls Royce, even high-speed testing, the car was tested at temperatures as high as 80°C to as low as -20°c, just to make sure the occupants and that special hosting suite would live up to the customer’s expectations … all of them insisted they intend to drive their Boat Tail once they receive her.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, concluded, “Boat Tail is the culmination of collaboration, ambition, endeavour, and time. It was born from a desire to celebrate success and create a lasting legacy. In its remarkable realisation, Rolls-Royce Boat Tail forges a pivotal moment in our marque’s history and in the contemporary luxury landscape.”

The Phantom Oribe

Once you get to a point in life where you can walk into a Rolls Royce dealership and buy one of their top of the line Phantom models, you should feel a sense of achievement I guess, and if you are even able to custom order one of these flagship models with the exact options you like, that feeling gets even better, you’ll have to wait for it to be built in the UK, but in the end, you’ll have YOUR Rolls Royce Phantom, and your bank account will see a check for several hundreds of thousands of dollars being cashed … but you’ll be the proud owner of a Rolls Royce, you’ve made it in life.

But just like the world of yachts, you’ll have different degrees, and most of the superyachts or megayachts will be fully custom build to the exact wishes of the client, so you’ll either be rich … or super-rich, depending on the size of the yacht, and the people that are able to have Rolls Royce build them a truly bespoke car, with the help from one of the most famous designers in the world, will probably own one or more megayachts too, now I don’t know for sure if Japanese entrepreneur, art collector and supercar enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa owns a megayacht, but he is the proud customer for this Phantom Oribe, created in collaboration between Rolls Royce and Hermès.

This one-off gets its own, bespoke two-tone MZ Oribe Green and cream exterior finish, which was inspired by shades found in Mr. Maezawa ‘s private collection of ancient Japanese ceramics, this luxury on wheels has been specifically commissioned to complement a private jet the customer recently added to his collection.

The Rolls Royce Phantom Oribe is a one-of-a-kind car for sure, combining two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage between them, the Oribe combines ancient and modern into one car, it shows unique stitching and upholstery techniques for the luxurious interior, while hand painting techniques were required for the stunning exterior.

The bespoke Oribe Green shade for this specific car has been created specifically for this single unit, matching the characteristic green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, and Rolls Royce even allowed the customer to use their bespoke paint mixture to be applied to his private jet, even after it took several months for the specialists in the Surface Finish Centre at Goodwood to match the lustrous, deep-green glaze that characterizes these 16th-century ceramics.

The Oribe style continues in the interior where it took Hermès designers and craftspeople in Paris, and the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers, and craftspeople at Goodwood in West Sussex many months to create the individual components to showcase the tradition of both houses, mainly finished in Hermès Enea Green leather with Hermès piping on the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space in this amazing interior.

As this was a collaboration between Rolls Royce and Hermès, the glove compartment lid proudly shows an embossed with Habillé par Hermès Paris signature, while Wooden speaker frets, are formed by meticulously perforating the Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer applied to the doors, and to really stand out, Hermès ‘Toile H’ canvas is used on the door armrests, center, and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner … a first for Rolls Royce.

Because this is a Hermès edition Phantom, the leather upholstery boasts stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers, while the dashboard fascia on this specific Rolls Royce Phantom has been adorned by a special commission artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988), inspired by the famous Hermès horse motif, is hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut and is shown in true art gallery style … behind glass.

I guess it might be true what they say, you drive a Bentley, you are chauffeured in a Rolls Royce, so Mr. Yusaku Maezawa will probably be found in the rear seat of this truly amazing looking Phantom, in the utmost luxury and style, another unique masterpiece made in Goodwood, the UK.

SPOFEC OVERDOSE RR Black Badge Wraith

It takes a wealthy customer to walk into a Rolls Royce dealership and buy the Wraith Black Badge, but it takes an even bigger bank account, and a certain state of mind to take that ultimate coupe and have it cut up and converted into the SPOFEC OVERDOSE, especially if only three of these wide body Wraith conversions will be made for the entire world.

SPOFEC is located in Germany, as part of the famous NOVITEC GROUP, they specialize in Rolls Royce ‘refinement’, I’ve already covered their widebody Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan in the past, but today they introduced their OVERDOSE treatment for the big two-door luxury cruiser, the Wraith, and it is some serious treatment once again.

You cant’ claim the Rolls Royce Black Badge Wraith is a small car, this is a big two-door coupe that seats four people in the utmost comfort and style, but SPOFEC takes it onto a different level by fitting replacement front fenders that widen the massive Rolls by another 7 cm while wider wheel arches are seamlessly fitted to the rear, adding 13 cm … the result is an overall width of no less than 208 cm.

Additional width also requires modified side sills and new front and rear bumpers to match the beefier look of this big 2-seater, the wider fenders are also required to fit gargantuan 10.5 x 22 inch concave forged wheels made in conjunction with Vossen, called SPOFEC SP2, these are fitted with 295/30 ZR 22 high-performance tires, and while these are five-stud wheels, they hide the bolts under a large cover.

The Rolls Royce Wraith comes with an adjustable suspension from the factory in Crewe, but in Germany they fit a custom control unit that allows the car to ride about 40 mm lower to the road, without compromising on function nor comfort, and it just makes this black beauty look even more menacing coming down the road toward you.

And while the customer can request just about anything custom for the interior of the already amazing looking Black Badge Wraith, SPOFEC does install their N-Tronic ECU into the mix for these OVERDOSE models, the 6.6-Liter V12 twin-turbo engine gets a different ignition mapping and increased boost pressure that brings power up to 717 hp (527 kW) at 5,700 rpm with peak torque at 986 Nm, available at 1,800 rpm already, this makes the large Wraith go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds, top speed is still limited at 250 km/h.

The Cullinan Recreation Module

Rolls Royce takes the concept of a tailgate party to a completely different level with their Recreation Module on the luxury SUV in their range, the massive Cullinan, with a 2,245 mm loading length and boot capacity of up to 1,930 liters, there is room for some bespoke options in the rear of this impressive high-end SUV, and this opportunity is taken up very nicely by Rolls Royce Motor Cars.

Aside from the Recreation Module, you can add a second option at the rear of the Rolls Royce Cullinan, a set of seats that slide out of the rear onto the tailgate so owners can have a seat outside of their car and admire the surroundings, called the Viewing Suite, just press a button and a pair of rear-facing seats, nicely arranged either side of a retractable cocktail table, slide out.

The new Recreation Module is actually a motorized drawer that fits nearly invisibly into the Cullinan’s luggage compartment floor, this module slides open electrically to reveal equipment, accessories, and paraphernalia personally selected by the customer, each item ensconced in its own individually tailored container, trimmed to match or contrast with the car’s interior or exterior.

The Recreation Module starts with 48 liters of space that can be configured by the customer, the options are nearly unlimited, as long as it fits inside the container that can be divided into various smaller sections, and more importantly, the entire Recreation Module can be removed from the Rolls Royce Cullinan and stored in the owner’s garage, this also offers the possibility to have different Recreation Modules to comply with various needs the customer might have.

For instance, if you want to offer a high-end hosting experience out in the wild, the Bespoke feature for Cullinan named the Hosting Service might be a good idea, it offers a range of accouterments to create the perfect beverage while enjoying the world’s most breathtaking vistas. Suited to hosting up to eight adults, the Hosting Service comes complete with glassware and utensils for creating a fresh cocktail or a classic gin and tonic for passengers. Elegant highball glasses are adorned with discreet Rolls-Royce monograms whilst wooden chopping boards are made of the highest quality American walnut. Additionally, space is provisioned for light snack service.

But there is also an Urban Photography Recreation Module, which comes with specialist equipment for professional photographers, which includes a DJI Mavic Mini drone, a 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro, and a 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro for image capture and editing on location. The Bespoke Collective of Designers, Engineers, and Craftspeople also found room for Riccioni’s Sennheiser PXC550 MkII noise-canceling headphones, Persol PO3225-S sunglasses, and outerwear from streetwear brand Supreme.

It is clear Rolls Royce wants to create bespoke cars for their clients, this has been the case for decades, and in this case, the sky is really the limit when it comes to customization on this Recreation Module, whatever you would like to have stored elegantly in the rear of your Cullinan, Rolls Royce can accommodate it inside this tray for you.

Pricing? Well, you know what they say … if you have to ask …

Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge Gains Wider Hips – Spofec Tuning

Spofec revealed their latest Rolls-Royce Black Badge Cullinan now wearing a widebody, 24 inch forged wheels and increased the power.

Dubbed the Spofec Overdose program, fender flares increase the width of the car by 10cm at the front and 12cm at the rear resulting in an overall width of 2.12m. Special rocker panels bind the fender flares at both axles. A Spofec exhaust system is also available with an optional actively controlled exhaust flaps which enable the engine sound to either be discreet or sporty.

The Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan is powered by a 6.7 liter V12 engine with two dynamic turbochargers. The output is increased from 600hp to 707hp at a low 5,400 rpm while the torque jumps to 1,060Nm at a low 1,800 rpm. The acceleration from 0-100km\h is achieved in 4.6 seconds while the top speed is electronically limited to 250km\h.

The Cullinan BB featured here is fitted with wide sports 10inch Spofec SP2 wheels in black specially designed for the Overdose transformation and High-performance street tires measuring 295\30 R 24 front and rear as optimal solution.

A special control module for the air suspension lowers the height by around 40mm while the front spoiler reduces the front axle lift at high speeds.

The SPOFEC OVERDOSE

In the world of SUVs, there was a time the Range Rover Vogue or the Mercedes G-Wagon was the ultimate ‘look at me’ car, these had amazing off-road capabilities, but most of them rarely left paved roads or got a spot of mud on them, and while the G-Wagon was initially a military vehicle, the later models were high-end luxury cars that could go off-road.

In the United States of America, you had a full-size SUV like the Cadillac Escalade and the Lincoln Navigator to take these big vehicles into the luxury segment … but over the years things started to change a bit and other big names in the industry came up with their own SUV, like the Bentley Bentayga that some might not like design-wise, but it is an ultra-high-end luxury SUV with some sportiness to it, perhaps a segment lower, but also very impressive was the Porsche Cayenne and the ‘Bull in the Chinashop’ … the Lamborghini Urus.

But then came another player on the SUV scene … Rolls Royce, with their massive Cullinan, taking its place as the most exclusive factory-made, production luxury SUV, and to make it interesting for those with lots of money but still craving for a little touch of sportiness, Rolls Royce came up with their ‘Black Badge’ series. Ditching the chrome-plated Spirit of Ecstasy for a glossy black finished lady, note you could get that beautiful bonnet ornament sculpture in just about any finish, they even offered it in actual crystal with illumination for a while, but they were forced to discontinue this $4,000 option because there’s a law against illuminated hood ornaments in Europe now.

As the name suggests, a Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan is a breed apart from the regular Rolls Royce models, the world-famous front grill is also finished in black, as are most of the otherwise chrome trim around the windows … and no, you can actually order a Black Badge in another shade too … even white. And a Black Badge Cullinan is so ‘un-British’ it almost hurts … but it doesn’t, and I like the idea behind it, the black finish makes the car appeal to a younger crowd, and the Black Badge even comes with a harsher suspension … on a Rolls Royce mind you!

The difference between a Rolls Royce Cullinan and the Black Badge version is about $150,000, and that’s without a trip to SPOFEC in Germany to get their OVERDOSE tuning package, SPOFEC is part of the NOVITEC group by the way, just so you know you are dealing with people that have been in this business for many years.

And before we talk about the exterior of this SPOFEC OVERDOSE, let’s take a peek under that large hood. From the factory, the Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan comes with a 6.7-Liter twin-turbo V12 engine you hardly hear when it’s running and has a power output of 600 hp and 900 Nm of torque (the regular Cullinan has 563 hp and 850 Nm of torque for comparison). But SPOFEC offers the N-TRONIC plug-and-play auxiliary ECU, by remapping the injection and ignition and a small increase in turbo boost, the figures are now 707 hp (520 kW) and a peak torque of 1,060 Nm at 1,800 rpm.

Despite the massive size, and weight of 2.7 metric tons, the SPOFEC OVERDOSE can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.5 seconds, the top speed is however still restricted to 250 km/h, and while we are still talking about an SUV, the SPOFEC suspension module allows a 40 mm lower ride height for added looks and a lower center of gravity.

But SPOFEC also turns the Rolls Royce Black Badge Cullinan into a ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ sorts of car … where the Rolls Royce is almost as silent as a whisper, with the SPOFEC exhaust, including actively controlled flaps, you can make this Rolls Royce sound like a sports car, there is nothing discreet about the SPOFEC OVERDOSE.

You can just imagine the marketing meeting at SPOFEC when they were discussing the OVERDOSE: “So discretion is out of the windows, let’s change the exterior too, and make it even wider” … they’ve added 10cm (4 inches) width to the front and 12cm (nearly 5 inches) to the rear fenders! This makes the OVERDOSE in total 212cm wide (83.46 inches), which also required a new set of side sills to connect those wide fenders with each other, and while they were at it, they replaced the entire front bumper with a new design, added a spoiler lip at the liftgate, and finished it off with a race-inspired rear diffuser. Precise-fit detachable parts create harmonious transitions from the fascia to the rear flares.

And with all this going on, you just can’t resist replacing the factory original wheels with these new SPOFEC SP2 forged wheels in 10×24 inch configuration, specially created in corporation with Vossen to handle the wider wheel arches, monstrous 295/30 R 24 high-performance tires cover these impressive wheels consisting of nine pairs of twin-spokes and with the wheel bolts disappearing behind a center cover.

The official SPOFEC press release on the OVERDOSE doesn’t list any prices for all these beautiful tuning options … but you know what they say: ‘if you have to ask’ …

The Rolls-Royce Dawn leads this month’s list of discounts

If you’re one of the few readers of this site who is in the market for a $350,000 Rolls-Royce Dawn, well, first of all, good for you. And you should be prepared to keep some extra money in your pocket, too, as the drop-top Roller leads this month’s list of the largest monetary discounts with an average of $14,733 taken off the machine’s $359,250 sticker price. That means buyers are paying an average transaction price of $344,517 for the 2020 Rolls-Royce Dawn this month, according to data provided to Autoblog by TrueCar.

An intriguing pair of supercars land in second and third positions this month. The 2019 Acura NSX is selling for an average of $145,174 this month, which represents a 9% discount, or $14,373. With an eerily similar 9% discount of $14,079 comes the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage, which has an average transaction price of $142,002 this month. The Maserati Quattroporte is up next with an average discount of $13,634.

Another Rolls-Royce model lands in the fifth spot, but instead of the aging Dawn it’s the brand-new Cullinan SUV. Although the luxury ‘ute boasts a large discount of $12,427, its staggeringly high retail price of $332,750 means buyers are getting a little less than 4% off the sticker. More interesting to most buyers will be the 2019 Lincoln Navigator, which is one of our favorite full-size SUVs in America. Buyers of Lincoln’s range-topping vehicle are getting average discounts of $11,761. That represents a 13.4% savings for a final price of $75,940.

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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Collection

Rolls-Royce is a name that’s respected by many as the pinnacle of luxury and exceptional performance. Moreover, the company is likewise recognized as a designer and provider of durable and powerful engines used by aircraft and marine vessels. In 1907, the brand established their automotive legacy with a car that would eventually be called the Silver Ghost. Moreover, that specific vehicle was recognized by the industry as “The best car in the world” and rightly earned that reputation ever since.

In recognition of its accomplishment, Rolls-Royce plans to offer a special version of the iconic car.  The Silver Ghost Collection is very limited run with only 35 custom-built units planned for release. Each one of these exclusive models will feature a sterling silver Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. The familiar figure will sit on a base furnished in black gold and copper marked with AX201—an homage to the original unit’s registration plate.

Dressed in a special Cassiopeia Silver coat, this luxurious machine is an elegant sight to behold. To match the opulence of its exterior, the cabin is decked with open-pore wood, Forest Green leather, and generous splashes of silver accents. Your attention will immediately fall upon a striking analog clock installed on its dashboard. The automaker reveals that the timepiece’s encasement was crafted from hand-beaten solid silver. We know that Roll-Royce always includes bespoke umbrellas hidden within its door frames—these ones come in silver paired with open-pore Tudor Oak for the handles.

Silver Ghost Collection

Photos courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Reveals the ‘Silver Ghost’ Collection – 35 Ghosts

Rolls-Royce have announced another limited edition model today. The Rolls-Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ Collection is a limited edition run of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, built to commemorate the Silver Ghost, a model that established Rolls-Royce as a major manufacturer.

The original Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was produced between 1906 and 1926. As with most model names during that era, the ‘Silver Ghost’ name was not the official name of the car. It was the media who named the 40/50 the ‘Silver Ghost’ on account of the specification of chassis number 60551.

The limited edition Rolls-Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ Collection will feature just 35 individual bespoke models. Each model will feature a solid sterling-silver Spirit of Ecstasy.The registration plate of the original silver ghost ‘AX201’ is marked on the base of each figure.

Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV

Following the likes of Bentley and Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce has just introduced its first ever SUV, the Cullinan – a luxury-packed vehicle with all-terrain skills.

Powered by a 6.6L twin-turbo V12 with 563-hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, the Cullinan is a solid offroader with features like all-wheel drive, low-end torque, active suspension, and four-wheel steering for improved control and agility. The 5,864-lb SUV also offers specifically tuned driving modes that kick in at the push of a button, including mud, sand, snow & rough track.

While not the fastest (top speed is at 155 mph) nor the most capable SUV in its range, the Cullinan truly excels at the luxury bits. Inside, the rear Pavilion Seats sit higher than the front seats providing unobstructed views, while a tailgate that opens offers lounge seating for two to three people. If you choose the dual-seat Individual package, there’s no luggage compartment (who needs that anyway?) but you do get a drink console sandwiched between the seats holding fine barware and an integrated refrigerator.

As expected, the interior is full of advanced tech features and carefully wrapped in elegant leather, hand-finished metal, and wood trim.

Buy From Rolls-Royce $325,000

Rolls-Royce Cullinan to be World’s Most Expensive SUV

Unveiled yesterday, the Rolls-Royce Cullinan was never going to play second fiddle to another brand. It’s £250,000 price tag will ensure that it sits at the very top of it’s class, £100,000 more expensive than it’s nearest rival. That price tag doesn’t include the various bespoke touches and optional extras that we know Rolls-Royce likes to offer its customers.

The latest information from the launch event yesterday suggests that the Cullinan is likely to launch toward the end of the year or early next year. Rolls-Royce predict that the biggest market for the car is likely to be the U.S. Rolls-Royce have also publically confirmed that China is a target market for them.

The Cullinan is shorter than the Rolls-Royce Ghost but manages to provide class leading dimensions for an SUV. The rear doors are hinged at the back rather than the front in keeping with Rolls-Royce tradition. The rear hatch will be completely customisable; part of Rolls-Royce’s three element design.

Under the hood sits a 6.75 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine with 563 bhp and 850 Nm of torque. The massive powertrain is linked to a ZF 8-Speed gearbox. The whole package manages a limited 155 mph/250 km/h top speed.

With a 540 mm wading depth, the Cullinan doesn’t quite match the Range Rover’s 900 mm but trumps the Bentayga’s 500 mm. The Cullinan stands 1,836 mm high, taller than the Bentayga (1,742 mm) but slightly short of a Range Rover (1,869 mm). A long wheelbase Range Rover sits 5,199 mm, the Cullinan is longer at 5341 mm in length. It weighs 2660 kg.

Official: Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection – 55 Cars Only

Rolls-Royce recently released a limited edition Rolls-Royce Wraith recently. Just 55 of these cars will be released for the British brand’s customers. The Luminary Collection debuts a number of features including an illuminated wood panel and the first outing for the shooting star headliner as well as Sunburst Grey – a new paint option.

The Rolls-Royce Wraith has been a sales success, that’s for sure. Ironically, the special edition model Rolls-Royce has revealed here is largely inconsequential. Most Rolls-Royce models feature some level of customisation. Every car is a special edition if you look at things this way.

The new exterior paint is said to have been inspired by golden sunrays. It is a flat grey with copper tones, on this particular car, it gets a hand-painted Sunburst Motif coachline to complement.

The defining feature of this special edition is the Czech Tudor Oak wood, permeated by 176 LED’s, the pattern is reminiscent of a shooting star. The facia is linked to the controls of the starlight headliner which features 1340 fibre optic lights. The headliner takes 20 hours to configure with eight shooting stars which fire at random over the front seat.

If you can take your eyes away from the headliner, the Wraith Luminary’s cockpit gets Saddlery Tan trim with rear seats in Anthracite leather. Contrast piping and stitching comes as standard in a variety of options. Unique hand-woven stainless steel fabric, is fitted to the central transmission tunnel and door panniers – it takes three days to complete.

Pricing has not been announced, but expect to pay a healthy premium for such a unique and bespoke Wraith.