After the last one was characterized as a Mysore, the latest special-edition Rolls-Royce bears the name Adiyat - worn by nine Wraiths and this unique Phantom, created for a customer in the Middle East.
Rolls-Royce is celebrating the Tipu Sultan from the 18th century in Mysore, India, with a limited-edition Ghost Extended Wheelbase called the Mysore Collection. The exterior features a pinstripe with a stylized peacock, and the interior has a tiger on each of the headrests.
Rolls-Royce announces that it will build an SUV, even thought it won't call it that. Whenever it arrives, we're told to expect a "high-bodied vehicle" on an all-new aluminum platform "that can cross any terrain."
Rolls-Royce is bringing a one-off Phantom called "Serenity" to the Geneva Motor Show. Celebrating the use of silk as a symbol of royal and imperial power, the Bespoke Design department has created what the company calls "the most opulent interior of any luxury car."
The F-117 Nighthawk stealth aircraft might seem like the polar opposite of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, but that's exactly where the Bespoke team took its inspiration for this limited edition exclusively for the North American market.
The Hoegh Osaka started listing heavily 45 minutes out of the Port of Southampton in the UK, so the crew ran it aground on purpose. Just what will become of the 1,400 cars on board, however, remains to be seen.
Our Editors Reflect On Their Favorite Rides From 2014
As the year comes to a close, our editors are all taking time to reflect on the machinery that made 2014 so special, with one simple, open-ended question as the guide: "What's the best car you drove this year?"
A century ago, the princes and maharajas of India shared a relationship with Rolls-Royce that spanned five decades and saw the nobility on the subcontinent commissioning over 840 unique vehicles from the stoic marque. It's that golden age that Rolls-Royce celebrates with the debut of this one-of-a-kind luxury cabriolet.
A Rolls-Royce is not what you'd typically consider to be "sporty." Luxurious. Stately. Even powerful, packed as they are with twelve-cylinder engines displacing in excess of six and a half liters. The Wraith set out to change that with a sportier package, more rakish profile and an even more potent version of the Ghost's 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 to make it the fastest and most powerful Rolls-Royce ever made. But now it seems Goodwood is working on an even more aggressive version.
A cursory look at the top of the automobile market would suggest that the world's carmakers are gunning it full steam ahead into a new stratosphere of ultra-luxury and high-performance utility vehicles. After all, companies like Bentley and Maserati are preparing to launch their very first crossovers, while established players like Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover keep producing ever more expensive sport-utes of their own. But that's not the case across the board.
Between Las Vegas and the emirates of the Persian Gulf, we're sure there are Rolls-Royces to be found in the desert all the time. And we don't doubt that, given those locations, one gets torched every so often. There'd probably even be someone in a tuxedo or evening gown running for cover when it happens, too. The thing is that we're seldom if ever there to watch it go down, much less capture it in stunning high-definition, frame-by-frame video when it does.
I Want My Hands Hot And My Butt Cold... Don't Judge Me
A hot compress felt wonderful on my sore back. The methodical kneading of my shoulder blades loosened the knots that formed over several hours of driving. The Swedish-style pulses firing into my lumbar region released more tension.
Rolls-Royce Director of Global Communications Richard Carter tells me that his storied employer is "a company that does not chase volume." In a perfect world, mused Carter, the carmaker would sell "one less" of its ultra-luxury vehicles than the fast-expanding world market demands.