Rolls Royce is the pinnacle of supremacy and exclusivity in ultra-luxury motorcars…each is a highly bespoke masterpiece expressing the individuality of its owner’s good taste. This is why no two Rolls Royce motorcars are ever alike. The word “Phantom” evokes elegance…opulence…decadent luxury. The Phantom epitomizes Rolls Royce in a discreetly notorious manner. It has always been the most luxurious hand-crafted limousine in the Rolls Royce model hierarchy.
So what could be even more exclusive? A Rolls Royce limited edition. It is the ultimate in Rolls Royce individuality; it meets the requirements of the owner who prefers an automobile of particular distinction. One such luxurious limited edition is the Limelight Collection for the 2015 model year. Only 25 of these unique saloons will be built for world-wide distribution. It was introduced at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show.
“All the world’s a stage…”
These provocative saloons go the extra mile for the high-profile personas that travel as they work. Personal accoutrements and added conveniences are paramount to an important personality on the go while in between engagements. This is “home” in these hectic circumstances. The designers created the Limelight Collection targeting a select group of people who spend their lives in the public eye. Price is in the $650,000 neighborhood…but then, if one must ask the price, they are evidently not clientele suitable for this masterwork –
“Sumptuously elegant…decadently luxurious”
These ultra-exclusive saloons provide comfort as top priority. The Phantom Suite offers a new and unique luxury seating configuration. It seats four…and only four. Rolls Royce engineers and ergonomists worked closely with the medical profession to establish optimum seating positions that relax the body most while traveling. In luxury saloons such as these, it’s the rear passenger compartment that makes the difference.
At the touch of a button, the rear seats recline the body 27″ helping the head to rest upon the head restraint cushion. The lower body is pampered by a new calf rest that raises 68″ for support. The carpeted footrest raises 30″ from the floor allowing the occupant to stretch out in total comfort. These all contribute to a totally relaxed posture while in motion. This is a requisite for the high-profile individual who spends a great deal of time traveling from one engagement to another. The rear compartment of a Rolls Royce Phantom is another world of unparalleled luxury and discretion.
Rolls Royce is synonymous with bespoke. Personalized panniers for both genders located in the rear doors open effortlessly at the push of the hand. They may be ordered to suit whatever personal possessions they are required to accommodate.
Concealed fragrance holders are available for three individual bottles. The hand-made perfume bottles from the famous Bresle Valley in North West France ensure the passenger has his/her fragrance as required. Another concealed panel holds watches and jewelry. A bottom left pocket houses a universal vanity pouch made of the finest materials to hold credit cards, business cards, make up, etc. Accessory Z-Boxes constructed of carbon fiber milled in aluminium and hand covered in the finest leather complete the door pannier. Sky is the limit when it comes to personalization, as long as it is legal and conforms to the beauty of a Rolls Royce motorcar –
The Limelight Collection offers a choice of two distinctive interior trims as well as several new bespoke features to further enhance individuality. Complex embroidery in a diamond quilted stitching augments the upholstery seat flutes, door cards, rear console, and folding table backs.
The Light contrast scheme features Seashell and Navy Blue contrast leather with Seashell tone on tone stitching. The Dark contrast scheme offers Navy Blue and Seashell contrast leather with Navy Blue tone on tone stitching.
A Limelight Collection signature feature is a two-veneer wood treatment. These unique veneers demonstrate the prowess of the wood workers at Rolls Royce. Piano Seashell is used on the door garnish rails blending with the leather color schemes. Smoked Chestnut completes the color scheme; this is the first time this veneer has been used in a Rolls Royce Phantom.
A specifically crafted timepiece for the Limelight Collection is color coordinated to the rich Gala Blue exterior and the diamond quilted design from the interior.
“A true Rolls Royce Flagship in every respect”
This exquisite motorcar is finished in Gala Blue, another signature feature of the Limelight Collection. The Seashell and Navy Blue hand-painted diamond motive coachlines simulates a three-dimensional illusion of a diamond bracelet draped over the surface of the car. The finishing touch is the unique nine-spoke aluminium alloy wheels.
The chauffeur gets a secret thrill driving this luxury barouche. The Phantom saloon from the Limelight Collection is powered by the Rolls Royce 6.8 litre 48-valve DOHC V12 engine with variable valve control. The engine produces 453 hp @ 5,350 rpm with 719 Nm of peak torque @ 3,500 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 5.8 seconds. It is mated to an 8-speed ZF electronic automatic transmission.
The Phantom is a large front engine rear drive saloon built using monocoque construction of integral steel with aluminium doors, bonnet, boot, and front wings. It is fitted with an independent 4-wheel suspension. The front suspension is equipped with double wishbones. The rear uses a multi-link set up.
Its technology includes 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. A sophisticated automatic leveling system keeps the Phantom at optimum height regardless of load or road conditions. Speed sensitive power steering aids the Phantom’s effortless overall operation.
A Rolls Royce is designed to defend itself. Its security system includes a panic alarm, immobilizer, and a Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that retracts into the radiator grille when the system is activated or when it is tampered with.
Only 25 Phantoms will be available world-wide for the Limelight Collection. Authentic luxury is only achieved through ultimately understanding the needs and desires of the world’s most discerning patrons. These highly bespoke masterpieces express the individuality of their owner’s good taste. Comfort and convenience meets the requirements of the owner who prefers an automobile of particular distinction. Rolls Royce continues to be the pinnacle of exclusivity and supremacy in the world of ultra-luxury motorcars. Limited editions such as the Limelight Collection exemplifies this exclusivity to an even higher degree and are available only to a successful few…
Photos courtesy of the Rolls Royce Media Club
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