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Rolls Royce Droptail | Exclusive Coachbuilt

The Rolls-Royce Coachbuild division recently presented the ultra-exclusive Droptail during Monterey Car Week. The automobile displayed in California is the first of just four units in the whole globe and is referred to as La Rose Noire.

The Black Baccara, a French rose that was a favourite of the mother of the family that commissioned it, served as the model for the La Rose Noire Droptail. It is painted a distinctive red colour that is intended to seem virtually black in the shadow and shine crimson in the day. In order to create this unique paint, Rolls-Royce used the crimson hues True Love and Mystery.

The Droptail, unlike the Rolls-Royce Sweptail and Boat Tail, is built on a novel monocoque chassis consisting of steel, aluminium, and carbon fibre and is not based on the same Architecture of the Luxury platform as the Cullinan, Ghost, and Phantom. The motor is the marque's 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12, which produces 593 horsepower and 620 lb-ft (840 Nm) of torque despite having new foundations. This automobile can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 5.0 seconds and can reach a high speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), even though its focus isn't on straight-line performance.

The Droptail is easily distinguished from all other Rolls-Royce models because to its distinctive external styling. Slim LED headlights with daytime running lights and a wide chrome grille make up the front end, which is very traditional. After that, the bodywork takes on a sleek, flowing shape down the sides, tapering to a rear end with a pair of taillights that are unlike any others we have ever seen from the company. The Droptail also sports a sleek spoiler and a striking decklid, thanks to Rolls-Royce. Even the detachable carbon fibre roof panel with electrochromic panels is included.

The "most remarkable element" of the automobile, in the words of Rolls-Royce, is the cabin. It took almost two years to develop and is dominated by intricate artwork comprising 1,603 pieces of black wood veneer and depicting the emotion of falling rose petals. A unique watch by Audemars Piguet is mounted in the centre of the dashboard, and the seats are covered in a mix of True Love red and Mystery red leather. This 43 mm chronograph has a flying chronograph, red counters, and a red inner bezel. It's interesting that the watch can be removed with the push of a button and strapped on.

The family that acquired the automobile also ordered a unique Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest to go with it. The hand-blown crystal champagne glasses and serving dish are also included in this champagne chest, which can be opened at the push of a button.

Although Rolls-Royce has not disclosed the price of each of the four Droptail versions, a source estimates that each will cost about $25 million.

TopGear Magazine July 2024