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    • ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS ANNOUNCES A NEW DAWN FOR SUPER-LUXURY MOTORING

      Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announce the name of its forthcoming new car. The new model, an exciting and sensuous drophead, will be known as Rolls-Royce Dawn

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      12 May 2015, Los Angeles, California

       

      Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced the name of its forthcoming new car. The new model, an exciting and sensuous drophead, will be known as Rolls-Royce Dawn.

       

      The car was unveiled to representatives of the marque’s 130-strong global dealer network at the 2015 Rolls-Royce World Dealer Conference in Los Angeles, California today.

       

      “Our new Rolls-Royce Dawn promises a striking, seductive encounter like no other Rolls-Royce to date,” said Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Chief Executive Officer. “Dawn is a beautiful new open-top motor car with a name that suggests the fresh opportunities that every new day holds – an awakening, an opening up of one’s senses and a burst of sunshine. It will be the most social of super-luxury motor cars for those beautiful people who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s social hotspots.”

       

      Rolls-Royce Dawn is the next step in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars which began in 2003 with the launch of Phantom and subsequent introductions of Ghost and Wraith. It justifies the continuing investment of the BMW Group into the world’s pinnacle super-luxury brand.

       

      The new Rolls-Royce Dawn will revive another famous and rare Rolls-Royce name first used in 1949, but only ever applied to 28 very special drophead bodies between 1950 and 1954. A new beginning for Rolls-Royce at the time, the original Silver Dawn was the first Rolls-Royce to be offered with a factory-built body. The drophead Rolls-Royces that carried the name Dawn continued to be coach-built for individual customers, ensuring their uniqueness and rarity.

      ‘Dawn’ perfectly expresses the character of the new Rolls-Royce. In its tentative, inchoate, anticipatory state, dawn is the world coming to light from the ethereal dark of the night. The early-day chill of dawn provides an erotic tingle on the skin, awakening the senses and passions as the day begins. Like Eleanor Thornton, thought by many to be the inspiration behind the Spirit of Ecstasy, the Rolls-Royce Dawn will also prove itself to be the muse that leads its owner to believe that at the start of the day, anything is possible.

       

      The new Rolls-Royce Dawn is beguilingly visceral. It excites both men and women – they want it, they need it and they want to immerse themselves in it. It is languid and beautiful, fresh and fragrant and awakens the passion of your life.

       

      New life, new possibilities, fresh horizons – a tingling, anticipatory ambience in the air – all signified by a new Dawn.

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    • Goodwood, Wednesday 18th February 2015

      An Open Letter from the Chairman and the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars on the subject of a new Rolls-Royce.

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      An Open Letter from the Chairman and the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars on the subjectof a new Rolls-Royce

      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 ourcustomers 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 Rollsas 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’sreputation, 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.

      Peter Schwarzenbauer, Chairman             Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, Chief Executive

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    • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars News

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      Keep up to date with what is happening with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from around the world.

       

      • Car - Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Spec (2014) first official pictures 8th January 2014

      “V-Specification is about distinguishing your Roller from other Ghosts, hence the addition of part-polished 21in alloy wheels, ‘V’ motifs engraved into the treadplates and rear armrests, and the multimedia cover lid. You also get an exclusive clock inlayed into the dashboard. How delightfully British, what-what.”

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      • Complex Rides - Rolls-Royce Takes Page Out of Cadillac's Book With V-Spec Ghost 8th January 2014

      "Following that mantra of "make what already exists better and create what doesn't exist," Rolls-Royce is filling in the gap by adding a high-performance "V-Specification" Ghost to the lineup. Power is boosted to 593 bhp by enhancing the V12, and RR claims that 80 percent of the torque can hit from a stand-still.”

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      • What Car? - Best buy more than £100,000: Rolls-Royce PhantomJanuary 2014

      “It takes a special car to successfully fend off its rivals for eight years - and the Rolls-Royce Phantom is just that car. Yet again, it's the best top-end luxury car money can buy.”

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      • Digital Trends – First Drive: 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé 31st December 2013

      “I’d venture to guess that, when the word ‘motoring’ was coined, the author was referring to the Phantom Drophead. There really is no classier way to make your way down the road, than adorning a pair of Wayfarers, letting the top back, and cruising gently up the highway for all to see.”

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      • Top Gear – Rather Splendid Motor Car of the Year – Rolls-Royce Wraith 5th December 2013

      “Travelling in the Wraith broadens the mind. It's massive and magnificent: a staggering, bewitching, gorgeous object to spend time with. In short, an experience.”

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      • How to Spend It – The colossus of roads 1st December 2013

      “Torque has arguably always provided Rolls-Royce cars with their famously effortless demeanour and, even with a corpulent 2.36 tons to propel, the Wraith’s engine is unlikely ever to break a sweat.”

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      • Whitewall – a Ghost-guided look at Miami Beach 1st December 2013

      “It’s the kind of car that causes men to ask three relatively attractive women to get out of the way so they can take its picture. It takes 20 days to make a Ghost. By hand. In England. It’s an art object much like the ones we were driving it about to see.”

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      • Autocar - Top five ultimate luxury 27 November 2013

      “Number 1 - Rolls-Royce Phantom: Look around the Phantom’s interior – taking in the curved and immensely comfortable rear bench – and you’ll see that everything has a quality of construction that simply goes beyond the automotive”
      “Number 2 - Rolls-Royce Ghost: We love its style, its sumptuousness and the attention to detail that one would expect from a Rolls-Royce”

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      • The Telegraph - Rolls-Royce voted best British luxury brand 19 November 2013

      “Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has been voted the best British brand at a ceremony celebrating the luxury industry. The awards... highlighted the ‘level of quality, design, service, and talent within Britain and the international luxury industry”

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      • Aboutthatcar – 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith 17 November 2013

      “Handling was ballerina like, the Wraith responded quickly to driver input. The micro-second adjusting air suspension was soft without a spongy feel and firm without being harsh and power was subtle – until it was needed.”

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      • Autocar India - 2013 Rolls Royce Wraith review, test drive 14 November 2013

      "The Wraith delivers everything you expect from a Rolls-Royce and enough new elements – like the stunning looks and surprising level of driver involvement – to make it a worthy addition to a discerning gentleman’s garage."

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      • Daily XY – Abounding in luxury with the Rolls-Royce Wraith 14th November 2013

      “Wraith is the Scottish word for spirit or ghost, and a fitting label for this luxurious, rare and potent machine that is said to possess “a spirit that will not be tethered to the earth”. The beauty of this fastback is stunning”

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      • Car Wale - Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom comes studded with 446 diamonds at Dubai Motor Show 13th November 2013

      “The cabin comes wrapped in the finest quality of dusk-hued leather. Luxury at its best is what Rolls-Royce seems to be proclaiming through this extravagant vehicle.”

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      • Canadian Autoworld - Wraith brings new, younger customer to Rolls-Royce 8th November 2013

      “...the Wraith goes a long way to changing the perception of one of the world’s foremost automakers.”

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      • BQ Magazine – A Roller that bites 6th November 2013

      "The Wraith is definitely a very modern but crafted contemporary piece of design of the kind that Rolls Royce customers are looking into."

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      • Motor Authority – Diamond-studded Phantom shines at Dubai Motor Show 5th November 2013

      “The Starlight Headliner Rolls-Royce offers on other cars mimics the night sky, but on the Celestial Phantom it shows the exact position of every star on January 1, 2003. Now, Rolls-Royce is taking things a step further.”

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      • Architectural Digest – Rolls-Royce’s seductive new Wraith November 2013

      “Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the 17.25-foot-long, 2.3-ton behemoth—complete with coach doors—has the baddest attitude of any model to bear the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.”

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      • Top Gear South Africa – Up close with the Rolls-Royce Wraith 22nd October 2013

      "The Wraith does not suffer to compete and is patently unapologetic in all areas, making it so full of charisma and self-assurance that it becomes magnetic."

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      • Top Gear – Up close with the Rolls-Royce Wraith 21st October 2013

      “This is a rather wonderful Rolls: at the top of its game in terms of experience and drive-by presence, but still brisk rather than boisterous.”

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      • Just Luxe- Driving the New Rolls-Royce Wraith 17th October 2013

      “The Wraith cut through the mist with the grace and precision of a diamond-tipped blade. It took curves at speed with no complaint and no indication that anything was amiss. Its flowing lines sought a dramatic setting and the sky obliged.”

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      • Financial Review – Wraith is the most powerful Rolls-Royce 10 October 2013

      “The Wraith coupe is a dramatic, almost triumphant, statement from a revitalised Rolls-Royce.”

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      • Sol - Rolls-Royce Wraith: Kräftemessen im Königshaus 10 October 2013

      “Denn auch als ultimativer Gran Turismo für den Herrenfahrer von Welt kann der Wraith seine feine Abstammung nicht verhehlen.”

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      • GQ  - Wraith of the Titans 9th October 2013

      “Elegant, intelligent and the most potent Rolls-Royce ever - the Wraith is the new driving force in luxury engineering.”

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      • Automobile – 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Driven October 2013

      “Now add the avant-garde, crazy-looking tail (and whatever bespoke touches your heart desires), and you have a very special, very luxurious, very speedy beast indeed…With the Wraith, not only has R-R blown off the last shred of granny's nightgown still clinging to the Flying Lady, but the old girl has also copped a brand-new attitude."

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      • El Mercurio – El fantasma más aventurero - 28 September 2013

      “Viena es donde Wraith -"fantasma" en dialecto escocés- se presentó en sociedad. Se trata del ejemplar más poderoso y con el diseño más audaz de los 109 años de Rolls-Royce.”

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      • Wheels - Rolls-Royce Wraith driven in Austria 27th September 2013

      “Simply, the Wraith is on the limit of how sporty a Rolls-Royce should be, but well beyond the limit of how luxurious and wondrous a gran turismo could be.”

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      • RAC Cars - 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith - 27 September 2013

      “The Rolls-Royce Wraith is a truly fantastic motor car. It is unique, distinctive, satisfying and wonderful. The interior is brilliant, power is effortless, and driving it is a total joy. It oozes heritage and is a car to be celebrated. Expensive, yes, but absolutely worth it.”

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      • Stuff.co.nz – Finally a Rolls-Royce that is a driver’s car - 24 September 2013

      “The fact is, the Wraith has no peers at all. No coupe accommodates as well as it does, and no car at all, regardless of door-count, has quite the heritage, though some marques have been around for a year or two longer.”

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      • Overdrive - 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith first drive - 20 September 2013

      “The Wraith’s gearbox has the smoothest gearshifts on the planet…In fact I’ll even say that the Starlight headliner is even better than the actual night time sky in most parts of India…Everything is better than the best.”

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      • AutoGazette – Rolls-Royce Wraith: Kleine Schwester des Geistes - 20 September 2013

      “Der Wraith ist so leicht und unaufgeregt zu chauffieren, dass man Größe und Gewicht leicht vergessen kann. Leistungsengpässe sind ausgeschlossen, da die optimale Durchzugskraft schon ab 1500 Umdrehungen verfügbar ist. Nur selten werden mehr als 50 Prozent der Motorkraft eingesetzt. Darüber informiert die "Power-Reserve"-Anzeige, die den Drehzahlmesser auf originelle Weise ersetzt.”

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      • The Gladstone Observer – Wraith is a Rolls-Royce but not quite as we know it - 19th September 2013

      “There's no real fuss - the car simply takes off like a breath of wind, adding ever-increasing numbers to the highly polished silver gauges, slipping through its eight-speed transmission with silky ease and maintaining absolute composure.”

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      • New Zealand Herald – Rolls-Royce Wraith reveals its mighty pounce - 18 September 2013

      “The Wraith, it turns out, really is a star. Not one of these new-era stars with fake boobs and fleeting celebrity - one of the old guard, dues paid, genius recognised and deserving of eternal reverence.”

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      • CBT Online – Gentleman’s Grand Tourer - 17 September 2013

      “Wraith is indeed a joy to drive. It's like riding on a bed of air, with ease of maneuverability. You can hardly find fault with this beauty. The amount of safety features available is simply mind-boggling. The combination of powerful engine and sophisticated transmission leads to immediate power delivery, delivered smoothly and without a huff.”

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      • Autoblog  - 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith - 17 September 2013

      “Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, succinctly calls the Wraith ‘the ultimate gentleman's gran turismo.’ Looking back at the day I spent in Austria with the new coupé, I couldn't agree more.”

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      Motoring – Rolls-Royce Wraith 2013: First Drive - 17 September 2013

      “Rapidity is the Wraith's defining characteristic, however. Rolls-Royce promises effortless performance, and delivers. The Wraith is a car in which you could cover large distances at high speeds and emerge feeling fresh, making it a true grand touring proposition for those with the means.”

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      • Autobild.de – Schreckgespenst im Smoking- 13 September 2013

      “Doch auch im dynamischsten und direktesten Rolls-Royce aller Zeiten fühlt man sich noch immer seltsam der Welt entrückt: "Waftability" nennen die Briten jenes Gefühl von der Mühelosigkeit der Bewegung, das auf einem fliegenden Teppich oder auf Wolke Sieben nicht unbeschwerter sein könnte. Ein Bentley Continental ist dagegen fast schon vorlaut und ungestüm und ein BMW M6 ein protziger Prolet aus dem Prekariat.”

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      • Autoblog  - 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith 17 September 2013

      “Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, succinctly calls the Wraith ‘the ultimate gentleman's gran turismo.’ Looking back at the day I spent in Austria with the new coupe, I couldn't agree more.”

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      • Overdrive - 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith first drive 20 September 2013

      “The Wraith’s gearbox has the smoothest gearshifts on the planet.”

      “In fact I’ll even say that the Starlight headliner is even better than the actual night time sky in most parts of India.”

      “Everything is better than the best.”

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      • New Zealand Herald – Rolls-Royce Wraith reveals its mighty pounce 18 September 2013

      “The Wraith, it turns out, really is a star. Not one of these new-era stars with fake boobs and fleeting celebrity - one of the old guard, dues paid, genius recognised and deserving of eternal reverence.”

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      • Inventor Spot – Rolls-Royce Wraith: rich and powerful, just like its owners September 2013

      “One might say the new 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith is the “sporty” member of this esteemed automotive family but to do that would ignore the many superlative features of this most enviable ride.”

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      • The Gladstone Observer – Wraith is a Rolls-Royce but not quite as we know it 19 September 2013

      “There's no real fuss - the car simply takes off like a breath of wind, adding ever-increasing numbers to the highly polished silver gauges, slipping through its eight-speed transmission with silky ease and maintaining absolute composure.”

      Click here to read more

       

      • CBT Online – Gentleman’s Grand Tourer17 September 2013

      “Wraith is indeed a joy to drive. It's like riding on a bed of air, with ease of maneuverability. You can hardly find fault with this beauty. The amount of safety features available is simply mind-boggling. The combination of powerful engine and sophisticated transmission leads to immediate power delivery, delivered smoothly and without a huff.”

      Click here to read more

       

      • Motoring.com.au – Rolls-Royce Wraith 2013: First Drive17 September 2013

      “Rapidity is the Wraith's defining characteristic, however. Rolls-Royce promises effortless performance, and delivers. The Wraith is a car in which you could cover large distances at high speeds and emerge feeling fresh, making it a true grand touring proposition for those with the means.”

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      • Drive.com – Rolls-Royce Wraith first drive review 16 September 2013

      “The two-door, four-seat Wraith is hardly an out-and-out sports car, but can handle winding roads with aplomb partly because of a gearbox that can take its instructions from satellites...This is a seriously quick car, with 800Nm of torque launching the big rear-driver with as much drama as you want from almost any speed.”

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      • Car Enthusiast – First Drive: Rolls-Royce Wraith13 September 2013

      “The new Rolls-Royce Wraith coupé is not exactly sporting, but more engaging, accomplished and rounded than its siblings - just as a gentleman's grand tourer should be really.”

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      • Auto Influence – Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom is Out of This World 12 September 2013

      “Never before has such attention to detail been so intricately embedded within the entirety of a car, and never before have such immaculate levels of pristine luxury been reached.”

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      • Trend Hunter Autos - The Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom is All About the Stars in the Sky 12 September 2013

      “The interior is where things really get awesome. The rear headliner features LED lights that recreate the night sky exactly as it was on Jan 1, 2003... whoever ends up with the Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom should consider themselves lucky. ”

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      • Road & Track – First Drive: Rolls-Royce Wraith12 September 2013

      “There’s no way we can pick just one favorite detail in the Wraith, so let’s call it a three-way tie between the matte-finished, open-grained wood panels on the doors...the sporty forward-cant of the Spirit of Ecstasy....and the celestial mimicking, 1340 fiber-optic pin-spotted ‘Starlight Headliner’”

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      • Motor Torque – Starry Eyed for the Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom 11 September 2013

      “Entering the vehicle brings a whole new sense of ‘wow’ entirely...We’re in love with the Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom”

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      • Auto Express - Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom debuts at Frankfurt 10 September 2013

      “The attention-to-detail and restless striving for perfection, so intrinsic to the Rolls-Royce brand promise, is evident throughout.”

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      • Auto Express - Rolls-Royce Wraith review 9 September 2013

      “The Rolls-Royce Wraith represents a bold new departure for the brand, and there’s no doubt that it will draw in a whole new range of buyers.”“It looks every inch a Rolls-Royce – but even more dramatic.”

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      • Auto Week - 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith drive review 8 September 2013

      “The Wraith has imposing presence beyond words. It looks like 600 hp—dark and brooding in certain color schemes, like Bogart in “The Maltese Falcon”—with coach doors opening to the rear and a sweeping fastback roof we haven't precisely seen in decades. It will not be ignored.”

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      • Top Gear Magazine – First Drive: The Rolls-Royce Wraith 1 September 2013

      “A caddish, rakish take on what it means to be a modern Rolls Royce. Not without its foibles, but sublime all the same... If you ‘get' the Wraith, this could quite possibly be the best car in the world.”

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      • Autocar - Rolls-Royce Wraith first drive review 1 September 2013

      “Rolls-Royce likes those kind of options: the ones that do you a favour without you realising it, like a good butler. We imagine. And the Wraith is that sort of car. Quiet, restrained (except for the exterior) and feels like a Rolls-Royce. Which is just as it should be.”

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      • Edmunds.com – 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith 30 August 2013

      “And with more than 600 horsepower and a striking fastback design, the Wraith shows the ultra luxury British automaker turning its gaze down a more sporting path. It's an unconventional direction from the stately British automaker, but not without calculation.”

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      • EVO - 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Collection July 2013

      “Such discretion is Rolls-Royce all over; total decorum at all times. No matter how hard I drove the Ghost, it simply refused to misbehave.“

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      • Top Gear - 100 years later, we drive the 1913 Alpine Trial 5 July 2013

      “To drive, they glide down the road like a walnut and aluminium mudslide, never sporting but supremely confident. To the passenger, they’re an arm round the shoulder in a world gone mad. The sort of qualities you’d only find in the world’s best cars.”

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      • Auto Express – Rolls-Royce Ghost 20131 July 2013

      “Beyond the heritage cues...what we have is a subtly updated Ghost that feels better than ever. The SAT gearbox allows it to feel more alert, while the new touch-sensitive iDrive improves the infotainment system.”

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    • Bespoke Home of Rolls-Royce Collection

      Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated 10 years of production at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England.

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      On 1 January 2013, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated 10 years of production at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. To mark this latest chapter in the marque’s 109-year history, a special collection of Ghost and Phantom family models, conceived and designed by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke team, will be released in 2013.

      The Home of Rolls-Royce Collection celebrates the meticulous design, engineering and craftsmanship employed in the production of every car that leaves Goodwood.

      Following release in January of a design sketch illustrating the Bespoke design and conception process, a rare glimpse into the skill of the marque’s master craftspeople and unique manufacturing processes is presented today.

      “The Home of Rolls-Royce Collection showcases what makes Goodwood a unique centre of manufacturing excellence,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “A perfect blend of traditional crafts, cutting-edge technology and world-class Bespoke design has driven our success over our first 10 years. In this time, Rolls-Royce has taken its place as maker of the world’s pinnacle super-luxury good, an achievement built on the passion and commitment of every craftsperson employed at Goodwood. This beautiful collection is a fitting way to celebrate an extraordinary decade.”

      A ‘celebration’ motif, presented in hand-crafted marquetry on the front-fascia marks this landmark year in Rolls-Royce history. Using methods akin to the artistry of fine furniture makers, the effect is achieved through a process that marries cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship.

      Individual pieces of wood veneer are laser-cut to ensure precision. A craftsperson then painstakingly assembles the sections, ensuring they perfectly express the vision of the marque’s Bespoke design team. A fastidious process of quality control follows, utilising the world’s most accurate measuring tool – the human eye.

      In 2012 – a second successive record year for the marque – over 3,500 hand-built Rolls-Royce cars, exclusively created at Goodwood, were exported to all five continents. This is celebrated throughout the collection with a compass motif that expresses the Home of Rolls-Royce’s position as a global centre of manufacturing excellence.

      The pattern is also intricately embroidered into the armrests and console lid. 112,533 stitches are applied by precision embroidery machines that make 1,000 individual stitches per minute – however, such is the complexity of the pattern it takes over an hour to finish each individual piece.

      Co-ordinates engraved into tread plates, the bezel of the Spirit of Ecstasy and umbrella handles further express Goodwood’s place as the only manufacturing centre for the world’s pinnacle super-luxury marque.

      A hand-painted coachline, culminating in a half-compass motif completes the exterior. Forming the final stage of a week-long, 22 stage painting process, coachlines are hand-applied by one highly-skilled craftsman using squirrel hair brushes. Normally this takes three hours – however the intricacy of this very special Bespoke design means the time taken to complete the process doubles.

      The Home of Rolls-Royce Collection cars are currently being hand-built at Goodwood. Final images of the completed cars will be released in the second half of 2013.

       

      The Home of Rolls-Royce Collection in Numbers:

       

      450 – Individual leather pieces cut and fitted to each Rolls-Royce Phantom

      112,533 – Stitches comprise Home of Rolls-Royce Collection Phantom embroidery

      672 – Metres of thread in every Home of Rolls-Royce Collection Phantom

      11 – Individual varieties of wood-veneer, cut and hand-applied to celebration’ motif

      20,000 – Wood veneer combinations available in every Rolls-Royce

      44,000 – Individual exterior paint colours to choose from

      58 – Layers to every Phantom wood part

      100 – lbs of paint applied to every Rolls-Royce

      60 – Pairs of hands take 400 hours to construct every Rolls-Royce motor car

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    • WORLD DEBUT FOR ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

      Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents the world debut of Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history.

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      • Elegant fastback design hints at dynamic prowess of the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever: 624 bhp/465 kW, 800 Nm from 1,500 rpm :0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds (0-62 in 4.6)
      • Debut of Satellite Aided Transmission. A technology that uses GPS mapping data to ensure the correct gear is always pre-selected for the road terrain ahead
      • Voice activated connectivity augments effortlessness – the ‘on-board valet’
      • Canadel Panelling sweeps through a sumptuous, contemporary and yacht-like interior cabin

      Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents the world debut of Wraith, the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history. At its heart lie hallmark Rolls-Royce attributes of luxury, refinement and hand-craftsmanship, but the new model from the world’s pinnacle super-luxury marque also presents a unique character defined by power, style and drama. With just a hint of the noir.

      “Today we launch the ultimate gentlemen’s gran turismo, a car that embodies the spirit of Charles Stewart Rolls,” commented Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “The most powerful Rolls-Royce in history, Wraith promises the sense of adventure and speed that drove our founding forefather. But of course, Wraith’s starting point is luxury, refinement and quality, traits that remain as important to Rolls-Royce customers today as they were more than a century ago.”

      Rolls-Royce Chairman and BMW Group board member Harald Krüger added the following: “The BMW Group today reconfirms its full commitment to the future of Rolls-Royce. Growth and a prosperous future lie ahead thanks to continued investment, careful brand stewardship and the launch of groundbreaking new models like Rolls-Royce Wraith, a magnificent addition to the product range.”

      In profile, Wraith’s sweeping fastback design gives the car its unique character. Bold lines, tension in the panels and a raked rear screen evoke the image of a world class athlete poised in the starting blocks. Further expression of dynamic intent can be seen in Wraith’s deeply recessed grille, wide rear track and dramatic two-tone presentation.

      Coach doors open to reveal a sumptuous interior complete with softest Phantom-grade leathers and expanses of wood called Canadel Panelling. Named after the famous cove in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design and engineering teams spent their winters, this contemporary and tactile finish sweeps through the interior, cosseting four occupants in a space bathed in light and warmth.

      The interior ambiance is complemented by Starlight Headliner, a Bespoke feature available beyond Phantom family cars for the first time. 1,340 fibre optic lamps are hand-woven into the roof lining to give the impression of a glittering, starry night sky.

      Performance delivers on the promise of Wraith’s styling. Power delivery is effortless, but dramatic, thanks to a V12 engine married to 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. 624 bhp / 465kW is available to the driver while the 0-60 mph sprint is achieved in 4.4 seconds, compared with 563 bhp / 420kW and 0-60 in 4.7 seconds for Ghost.

      From 1,500 rpm 800 Nm of torque is available (780 Nm for Ghost), while a wide rear track, shorter wheelbase and lower roof height further contribute to the most powerful, involving driving experience of any Rolls-Royce in history. The car’s suspension has also been tuned to minimise body roll and discreetly amplify feedback when cornering; while steering weight is heavier at high speeds and lighter at low speeds adding to the spirited drive.

      However, Wraith is no GT bruiser. Agility improvements have been achieved with absolutely no compromise to the sensation of riding on a bed of air. Furthermore, the debut of Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) technology takes the powertrain to a new level of effortless delivery, one that perfectly suits the Rolls-Royce brand.

      Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS data to see beyond what the driver sees; it anticipates his next move based on location and current driving style, then selects the most appropriate gear for the terrain ahead. Corners, motorway junctions and roundabouts are all anticipated in advance meaning Wraith is constantly poised to deliver on its promise of performance.

      A more polished, effortless driving experience and even better response brings a new, more dynamic dimension to the famous Rolls-Royce trait, waftability.

      For over a century a Rolls-Royce motor car has featured technologies designed to support occupants discreetly, delivering a peerless driving experience epitomised by the term ‘effortlessness’. In every Rolls-Royce these assist the driver when called upon, but are prepared to return without fuss to the background when no longer required.

      Advances in mechanical and electrical technology deliver systems like head-up display, adaptive headlights and Wraith’s keyless opening boot. But improvements in connectivity have taken the human-machine interface to a new level of sophistication, a suite of aids that could be likened to a contemporary on-board valet.

      Voice activation commands, for example, come with a one-touch call button located on the steering wheel. A destination no longer requires manual input from a navigation menu and route assistance begins immediately, on-screen and via audio guidance following a voice command such as “navigate to Piccadilly in London.”

      Additional improvements in communications come in the design and functionality of the elegant Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller. This allows navigation through on-screen functions using a touch pad that features pinch and pull functionality to echo smart phone usage. Letters can also be ‘drawn’ onto the pad by hand rather than by scrolling through a series of available characters on-screen.

      In Europe, Wraith will be priced at c. €245k. Confirmation and further pricing details in all markets will be revealed later in the year.

      First deliveries of Wraith will be made to customers in the final quarter of 2013.

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    • ROLLS-ROYCE WRAITH: STYLE

      Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today publishes the third official image of its new model Wraith.

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      Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today publishes the third official image of its new model Wraith, which will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show on 5 March 2013.

      The newest model in the pinnacle car maker’s range features a luxurious, contemporary interior to complement the dynamic poise of its exterior styling. Luxury and hand-craftsmanship work in harmony, thanks to the inclusion of softest ‘Phantom-grade’ leathers and expanses of open pore wood named Canadel Panelling.

      This contemporary finish presents an interior space that hints at the interior of an ultra-luxury yacht. The horseshoe sweep of Wraith’s cabin also echoes the cove at Le Canadel in the South of France where Sir Henry Royce and his design team spent their winters.

      Every possible interior detail has been carefully considered – and beautifully executed.

      The clock, for example, is presented with Blood Orange needle tips that point to the car’s dynamic potential, while paying homage to the marque’s aviation heritage.

      Like every Rolls-Royce, Wraith is entirely built by hand. The skill of craftsmen and women at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood is evident in every delicate stitch and each carefully book-matched veneer.

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    • Rolls-Royce announces Phantom Series II

      The launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom on 1 January 2003 was much more than the reveal of a new ultra-luxury car; it signalled the 21st Century renaissance for

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      The launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom on 1 January 2003 was much more than the reveal of a new ultra-luxury car; it signalled the 21st Century renaissance for the world’s most famous luxury automobile brand and the first glimpse of a masterpiece that quickly established itself at the pinnacle of automotive excellence.

      Today, Rolls-Royce presents new generation Phantom, a family of pinnacle cars that have been thoughtfully updated with the introduction of cutting edge technology, enhancements to an already peerless drive-train, and improvements in connectivity that reflect the new world in which we live.

      Phantom’s striking and modern front end best encapsulates the essence of changes that lie beneath, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures that frame full-LED light clusters. These allow the integration of new technologies like curve light functionality, where headlamp beams are reflected in the direction of travel to provide greater illumination of the road ahead when cornering. And adaptive headlamps, where light patterns change automatically and - of course - effortlessly in response to different driving speeds.

      Drivers and passengers will also feel improvements in Phantom’s already sublime drive-train. The addition of a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential perfectly complement the V12 direct injection engine, enhancing exemplary dynamics, as well as the famous Rolls-Royce promise of a magic carpet ride. Fuel consumption improves by and CO2 emissions fall as a consequence.

      These significant changes will cement the reputation Phantom has proudly built since launch of the signature Rolls-Royce back in 2003. It is a new world. But it’s a world in which Rolls-Royce believes all Phantom family variants will occupy a pinnacle position for many years to come.

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    • The Year of the Dragon Collection

      “Ghost Extended Wheelbase is the latest Rolls-Royce in our range of pinnacle luxury cars. It is a model of outstanding design and unrivalled luxury, with ride

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      “Ghost Extended Wheelbase is the latest Rolls-Royce in our range of pinnacle luxury cars. It is a model of outstanding design and unrivalled luxury, with ride and handling credentials underpinned by the best in engineering expertise. Ghost Extended Wheelbase delivers all the poise and dynamism enjoyed by discerning Ghost owners, with the indulgent experience of an extended wheelbase car. It is the very best of both worlds.” – CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

      The newest member of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars family, Ghost Extended Wheelbase is irresistible to drivers and passengers alike. This is a motor car distinguished by its dynamism and its effortless power never ceases to astonish. Air-sprung technology that steadies Ghost Extended Wheelbase as it rounds each bend makes for that legendary magic carpet ride and upholds Ghost’s reputation as the most driver-oriented Rolls-Royce yet created.

      Add to that nearly seven luxurious inches of extra space. With legroom increased and knee room more than doubled, comfort has been lifted to the level of indulgence. You’ll be easily lured from the driver’s seat to the rear seat for a relaxing ride.

      The only way to truly appreciate the new Ghost Extended Wheelbase is to drive it — and allow yourself to be driven. Contact our dealership to experience an experiential drive with our newest Ghost Family member yourself.

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