I'll Get The Sandwiches, You Get The Rolls
Rolls-Royce chose the Dubai International Motor Show to introduce the Middle East and the wider world to their latest selection of bespoke luxury cars.
Unveiled to spellbound eyes on the Rolls-Royce stand were the Celestial Phantom, the Alpine Trial Centenary Collection, the Chicane Phantom Coupe and the Rolls-Royce Wraith.
The Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom
The Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom (pictured) revealed itself to the world at the Frankfurt IAA, but never has it looked more exclusive than this. For the Dubai International Motor Show, the Celestial Phantom was literally glittering with 446 diamonds meticulously set by hand into the door-cappings, centre console lid and rear-privacy divider.
With more people buying Rolls-Royce Bespoke models in the Middle East than anywhere else in the world, it's obvious they were keen to make an impression. And this they did, with a “one of a kind masterpiece” that attempts to evoke a starry, starry night in its design.
Indeed, the Starlight Headliner hark back to the precise constellations from midnight on January 1 2003, the moment at which the first ever Rolls-Royce Phantom was handed to its owner. The uplit Spirit of Ecstasy figure on the front serves to complete the celestial feel.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Phantom Coupe Chicane pays homage to the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. This special edition model was commissioned during a recent visit to the Home of Rolls-Royce and the adjacent Goodwood Motor Circuit.
"The Home of Rolls-Royce’s connection to such an important centre of British motoring heritage is something that fascinates my customers,” says Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager, Mohammed El-Arishy.
“The experience of working with Rolls-Royce’s world-class designers to create the beautifully executed Chicane Phantom Coupe was exhilarating. The creativity, vision, skill and attention-to-detail employed in the crafting of these one-off motor cars is unsurpassed in the super-luxury world.”
The result is a prevalence of carbon-fibre – an allusion to the materials used in modern motor racing – and a matte black, Gunmetal exterior which features a first for any Rolls-Royce car – matching coloured wheels. And to avoid any accusations that the racing nods might be a little too subtle, a chequered flag motif has been stitched into the seat, whilst the famous Goodwood track layout can be found in the glove compartment.
The Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary Collection
Earlier this year, a haunting cavalcade of Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts meandered serenely through the Austrian Alps in homage to the 1913 Alpine Trial – the most demanding automotive endurance test of its day.
To celebrate this glittering heritage is the Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary Collection, across which you'll find numerous tributes to the original Radley Silver Ghost. It's there in the exterior paint hue, in the distinctive black grille, and even in the clock – which displays the stages and timings of the original 1913 Alpine Trial.
The Rolls-Royce Wraith
Appearing for the very first time in the Middle East was the Rolls-Royce Wraith, easily the most powerful and dynamic car ever made by this elite manufacturer.
With its twin-turbo V12 engine, it delivers 642bhp and can achieve 0-60mph in as little as 4.4 seconds. But of course, this being a Rolls-Royce, the high-end performance is matched by high-end luxury.
Exclusive features include Satellite Aided Transmission – which is actually capable of processing GPS data to predict your next move before automatically selecting the correct gear for you – and a one-touch call button that acts as an on-board valet, giving you easy voice-operated access to infotainment features.
So in one of the most opulent cities in the world, Rolls-Royce clearly felt right at home.