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This Rolls-Royce Boat Tail sets luxury, design and culture into the next level [Gallery and video]

Rolls-Royce has recently unveiled the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail. The Boat Tail, once again, showed how Rolls-Royce fusing an historical body type with a thoroughly contemporary design. 

The car is at nearly 5.8m long and has Rolls-Royce’s iconic pantheon grille and lights as the front profile. A strong horizontal graphic with deep-set daytime running lights forms Boat Tail’s intense brow line and frames classical round headlamps, a design feature recalled from the design archives of Rolls-Royce.

The rear deck inconspicuously houses a highly ambitious concept never seen before in the automotive world. At the press of a button, the deck opens in a sweeping butterfly gesture, to reveal an intricate and generous hosting suite. Its complex movement was inspired by cantilever concepts explored by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava. You can read more details of the process making of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail by clicking here.

Here are some highlights on the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail :

Design

Exterior

  • ‘Boat Tail’ design draws inspiration from J Class yachts
  • ‘Boat Tail’ is not just a means to a destination but the destination itself
  • The surface treatment is only possible with true Coachbuilding techniques
  • ‘Boat Tail’ subverts the tenets of RR design – all light graphics are horizontal not vertical
  • Aft Deck is the first-time veneer is used on the exterior of an RR in modern history

Interior

  • Incorporates BOVET 1822 timepiece in fascia and 2nd timepiece in hidden compartment 
  • Timepiece is designed to be placed in fascia while driving, as per client’s request
  • First use of a fully veneered transmission tunnel and floor, referencing yacht design
  • Minimal aesthetic accentuates jewellery-like features and Caleidolegno wood set
  • Soft metallic sheen on leather draws a parallel with the metallic of the exterior paint

Rear Hosting Area

  • Opens to precisely 67 degrees, where each side ‘offers’ its contents to guests
  • One side provisioned for dining; one side provisioned for drink
  • Champagne fridge – not cooler – tailored to client’s preferred vintage
  • Dining side incorporates porcelain and cutlery by Christofle and engraved ‘Boat Tail’
  • Rear tables finished in matching Caleidolegno veneer unfurl via piano hinges
  • Carbon fibre stools by famous Italian furniture maker Premamoria stowed in Aft Deck
  • Mezze-style hosting specified by client
  • Cutlery, porcelain, champagne were high speed tested in ‘Boat Tail’ to ensure no rattles

Engineering

  • 1,813 completely new parts were created specifically for ‘Boat Tail’, many patented
  • Preliminary engineering phase alone was the product of 20 man years
  • 15 speaker Bespoke Audio uses whole floor as resonance chamber for bass component

The announcement of the model showcases the first of three cars, whose treatment will each be very different and personalised to each customer. Check out the mega gallery of the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail at below:

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