Friday, 20 February 2015 20:00

Rolls Royce Official Confirms New Luxury SUV

The launch of Phantom in 2003 marked the beginning of the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Since then, we have set a new benchmark for what a super-luxury car should be – unique, hand-crafted, beautiful and rare. Often imitated, Phantom has never been equalled and continues to be hailed as ‘The Best Car in the World’ by our customers and media alike.

Twelve years later, after the introduction of successful new models like Ghost and Wraith, Rolls-Royce stands proudly at the pinnacle of British luxury manufacturing, confirming our custodianship of this precious marque.

Now we have reached another seminal moment in Rolls-Royce’s 111-year journey.

Today we confirm that we are developing an all-new Rolls-Royce with exceptional presence, elegance and purpose:

A car that offers the luxury of a Rolls-Royce in a vehicle that can cross any terrain
A car that meets our customers’ highly mobile, contemporary lifestyle expectations
A Rolls-Royce that is as much about the pioneering, adventurous spirit of Charles Rolls as it is about Sir Henry Royce’s dedication to engineering and innovation
A car that appropriately reflects Rolls-Royce’s brand promise of effortless luxury
A high-bodied car, with an all-new aluminium architecture
A unique new motor car worthy of carrying the Spirit of Ecstasy into the future

This new Rolls-Royce will be Effortless ... Everywhere.

Many discerning customers have urged us to develop this new car – and we have listened. At Rolls-Royce Motor Cars we are uniquely focused on the desires of our customers and are driven by our own thirst to innovate. So we challenged our engineers and design team, led by Director of Design Giles Taylor, to create a different and exceptional new car.

This car will embody all the values and capabilities that drove our two Founding Fathers to secure Rolls-Royce’s reputation, early last century, by taking top honours in rigorous overland adventures such as the Scottish Reliability Trials, the London to Edinburgh event and the Alpine Trials.

Rolls-Royces conveyed pioneers and adventurers like Lawrence of Arabia across the vastness of unexplored deserts and over mountain ranges. In other parts of the world including Australia, India and the Americas, Rolls-Royces carried their owners over challenging terrain with absolute reliability and comfort.

History sets our precedent and our future calls us to action.

This new journey begins now. We will take our time in developing and perfecting this new concept in luxury. We will include our customers, enthusiasts and media along the way and will keep you informed of our progress.

Until then, rest assured, we are creating a motor car in the greatest traditions of our marque.

Sir Henry Royce famously said: “When it does not exist, design it”.

We are doing just that.

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 10:50

Bentley first hybrid concept SUV Mulsanne

Bentley has confirmed its forthcoming SUV will be the first model to receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain, from 2017, before the technology is rolled out across the range. And to preview the tech the Bentley Hybrid Concept – based on the Mulsanne saloon – will be revealed at the Beijing Motor show later this month.

Although there are no specific power, performance or efficiency figures for the new concept, Bentley has dropped a series of hints. The pictures provided clearly show the Mulsanne’s regular 505bhp 6.75-litre V8 engine under the bonnet - this is boosted by an unspecified number of electric motors, although Bentley claims the plug-in hybrid system will offer and increase in power of 25 per cent and a drop in CO2 emissions of 70 per cent.

By multiplying the Mulsanne’s existing figures, that gives a power output of 631bhp with CO2 emissions of just 118g/km. It will also be capable of driving at least 50km (31 miles) on electric power alone before the engine kicks in – allowing zero emissions driving around town and storming performance when the road opens up.

To mark the Hybrid Concept out visually from the standard Mulsanne it features copper elements to highlight the car’s “electrical veins.” On the outside there are headlamp details, brake calipers and badges all finished in copper, while the interior features copped inserts in the veneers, instrument panel and copper-coloured cross-stitching on the seats.

Bentley’s chairman, Dr Wolfgang Schreiber said: “There is no doubt that plug-in hybrid technology is true to Bentley’s values of outstanding luxury and effortless performance. Combining our renowned engines with electric power reinforces and enhances both principles, and so we will gradually introduce this powertrain across our model range. By the end of the decade, at least 90% of our production will be available as a plug-in hybrid.”

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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 19:02

Million-dollar Batmobile replica for sale

A street-legal replica of the Batmobile, used in the Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale, has gone on sale for $1 million.

Based on the already iconic ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and the Dark Knight films, the car has been custom-built from the ground up as an almost perfect replica — externally anyway.

Under the sculpted body panels you’ll find a General Motors LS series V8 engine, but you won’t find a Bat Pod motorbike escape vehicle or self-destruct system.

Instead, it’s been fitted with a decent stereo system, a DVD player, an iPod integration port and a global satnav system, all of which will probably be more useful in day-to-day situations of a non-crime-fighting nature.

Best of all in this regard are the cameras mounted around the car’s body to make it easier to maneuver along narrow streets and of course, to park.

The car sits on 44-inch wheels, complete with custom-built rims and, as it was built in the US, is available in left-hand-drive only. The company has built just five examples and each one has a $1 million price tag.

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