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Estimated Price : ₹ 7.0 Crore - ₹ 9.0 Crore
Expected Launch : December 2024
Mileage: 12 kmpl
Engine: 6.75L V12 Engine
BHP: 563 bhp
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Luxury automaker Rolls-Royce has just unveiled the new Drop Tail. It is the brand’s first modern two-seat roadster and a nod to the coach-built drop-tops that brought Rolls-Royce reputation a century ago. The Rolls Royce Drop Tail has been developed over 4 years of collaboration between the automaker and four clients. The first of four bespoke Drop Tails is dubbed ‘LA Rose Noire’ and gets a custom Audemars Piguet watch that is mounted to the dashboard using a clasp mechanism. Rolls-Royce says the Drop Tail represents the “absolute pinnacle” of its in-house coachbuilding capabilities, making it the most expensive car to go on sale. Rolls-Royce Drop Tail: Exterior Design While Rolls-Royce usually makes their coach-built specials on the Architecture of Luxury platform, the Drop Tail uses a bespoke chassis made from steel, aluminium and carbon fibre. It has a brand-new silhouette with its low coupe-like roofline inspired by ‘chop top’ hot rods. In profile, it looks sportier than any other Rolls-Royce with its flared wheel arches and carbon-fibre rear diffuser. The removable roof panel is made from carbon fibre as well, making it easier to remove it. The panel itself gets a large electrochromic glass section that can tint and untint at the press of a button. The front end of the Drop Tail is the most familiar with its extra large grille and rectangular headlights. However, this is the first Rolls-Royce ever to get a swooped-back grille instead of a right-angled one. The marque says it reflects the car’s informal spirit. Meanwhile, Rolls-Royce said that the swooping rear end did not make enough downforce. Instead of mounting a spoiler, the brand tweaked the rear deck’s design to produce the required downforce without an ungainly spoiler. This process itself took 20 iterations and 2 years of development time. Read Also: Renault to Debut Hybrid Tech on Upcoming Models Rolls-Royce Drop Tail: Interior The designer’s brief for the Drop Tail’s interior was to create an “intimate” environment. The cabin follows a minimalist approach with only three buttons visible while the others are hidden away. The powered centre console can also be moved to hide the infotainment control dial. The interior uses two shades of red, ‘True Love Red’ paint and a darker shade dubbed ‘Mystery’. An expansive wooden panel surrounds the seats, intended to reinforce the “romantic” atmosphere. The piece was built by a single craftsman who is said to have worked on the panel for over 9 months. Coachbuild design boss Alex Zines said it was the “most complicated, involved and prohibitive work of craft ever produced”. The panel represents falling rose petals and is made from Black Sycamore. Rolls-Royce Drop Tail: Powertrain Details Powering the Drop Tail is a 6.75-litre V12 twin-turbo petrol motor that has tuned to make 601 bhp with 840 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Rolls-Royce has stated that a V12 was used over an electric powertrain because the brand is celebrating the roadster and "the V12 is a powertrain we will be celebrating for the next couple of years”. Rolls-Royce Drop Tail: Price The automaker does not give specific pricing for its coach-built specials. However, all four Drop Tails cost more than the Boat Tail, which was priced at around £ 20 million or Rs 211 crore. It is already sold out. Read Also: Mahindra XUV700 and XUV400 Recalled In India
British luxury automaker Rolls-Royce recently revealed the Black Badge Wraith Arrow to mark the end of production of the iconic model. It is inspired by the land-speed record holding Thunderbolt from the 1930’s. Launched in 2013, the Wraith is the sportier sibling of the Phantom and Ghost. Now, with the brand going fully-electric for its upcoming cars, it is also the last V12 engine-powered Rolls-Royce ever. Only 12 units will be made, and all of them have already been sold out. Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow: What is new? The New Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow’s exterior features a new ‘gradient paint’ which, depending on the viewing position, transitions from silver to gloss black. Rolls-Royce states that the car is polished for over 12 hours to get a glass-like finish on the complex paint job. Like the Thunderbolt, the special-edition Wraith also gets yellow detailing on the front bumper, wheels and even on the black Spirit of Ecstasy insignia. Inside, it provides a black and yellow interior theme with an unique artwork on the dashboard that depicts the V12 engine. There is also a new starlight headliner that features a record 2117 fibre-optic lights, and door cards with 320 pieces of marquetry to create a textured wood veneer. The vehicle also features an illuminated scale model of the Thunderbolt land-speed record car between its front doors. engineered and driven by Captain Edward Thomas Esyton, the Thunderbolt was a teardrop-shaped, aluminium race car that holds the record of the fastest V12 engined automobile ever. The record speed, 576 kmph, is inscribed beneath the watch face in the Special Edition Wraith. Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith Black Arrow: Powertrain Details There are no mechanical changes to the New Wraith Black Arrow. It is powered by a 6.6-litre V12 turbo-petrol engine that makes 624 bhp with over 870 Nm of peak torque, mated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic transmission. Additionally, each Black Arrow will get a plaque on the engine that reads ‘Final Coupe Collection’ in black. Read Also: All-Electric Rolls Royce Spectre Unveiled Globally
The price of the upcoming Rolls-Royce Ghost Facelift is expected to be in the range of Rs 7 to Rs 9 crore (ex-showroom).
The estimated launch date of the upcoming Rolls-Royce Ghost Facelift is set around December 2023.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost Facelift luxury sedan will continue to use the brand’s aluminium space-frame architecture. Mechanically, we expect the four-wheeler to continue using the 6.75-litre twin turbo V12 engine producing 563bhp and 850 Nm of peak torque.
The upcoming Rolls-Royce Ghost Facelift will compete against the likes of the Bentley Continental and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Maybach.