Rolls-Royce will unveil the second of three highly exclusive, coachbuilt Boat Tail models in May. The event will take place at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
The Boat Tail is named after a series of coachbuilt pre-war Rolls-Royce models that share a rear-end design inspired by a J-Class yacht.
With an estimated price of £20 million, the bespoke Boat Tail convertible is the most expensive Rolls-Royce model of all time. The first customer car was revealed last year, and while the second will be similar in concept, it will be significantly different in execution – such is the level of personalization available with coachbuilt creations.
As a result, the distinguishing features will extend beyond color schemes and interior materials. The first Boat Tail had a completely bespoke dashboard set-up in keeping with the owner’s minimalist tastes, as well as a bespoke cutlery set and a fridge specifically for their favorite champagne, so the second Boat Tail could be a radical departure in all areas except its silhouette.
The four-seat, two-door design is 5900mm longer from bumper to bumper than the Phantom on which it is loosely based, and it has a canopy roof rather than a traditional folding item. It shares the Phantom’s 563bhp 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 and the aluminum Architecture of Luxury that underpins all new Rolls-Royce models.
It embodies Rolls-post-opulent Royce’s design ethos, which began with the second-generation Ghost. The clients behind the three Boat Tail models, according to Alex Innes, head of Rolls-Coachbuild Royce’s division, “appreciated the hallmarks of Rolls-Royce design and encouraged us to move beyond the familiar traits that we see today and design something that points towards the future.”
The third and final car in the series will not be publicly revealed upon completion, in accordance with the client’s wishes.
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