‘The Wraith really is rather splendid - that’s the best way to describe it.’ – Top Gear pits Wraith against a Mercedes S500 on the track. http://ift.tt/1d7OAxo
Three Rolls-Royce motor cars took centre stage at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday night. Sporting newly-designed badges for the first time in the company’s 108 year history, they featured perhaps the most collectable (and unobtainable) Rolls-Royce Bespoke items ever produced.
The Phantom Series II Drophead Coupés conveyed three coveted British artistes during the event, revealing each as the convertible roof gracefully descended.


Designed to bring out the discreet power of the Phantom, the exterior of the 101EX featured a streamlined, reclined grille, flowing back into the aluminium bonnet and windscreen surround. The body was made of a unique carbon-fibre composite over the production Rolls-Royce aluminium frame, while the roofline is lowered in comparison to the original Phantom. The interior was designed to protect and cosset, and the high waistline emphasises the cocoon-like nature of the cabin. It features an intimate curved sofa in the rear, and introduced the Starlight headliner fibre optics, which are controlled by a dimmer. Meanwhile, the machined aluminium of the interior mirrors the solid hewn pieces used in the door handles and the oval exhaust pipes.

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Eventually evolving into the Phantom Coupé, the 101EX was unveiled at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. Designed as an uncompromising exploration of the possibilities for a modern grand tourer, the vehicle took the V12 from the existing Phantom. However, along with the sleeker and more rakish body, the 101EX emphasised the subtle power in the Phantom, placing a new focus on the driver. In addition to providing the basis for the Phantom Coupé, the 101EX directly inspired the Phantom Tungsten bespoke car, which featured the same brooding colour scheme with brushed aluminium bonnet.