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Rolls-Royce has taken to Monterey Car Week to reveal the Droptail, displaying a bespoke commision it calls La Rose Noire. It's one of just four being made, and was developed by the company's Coachbuild division.



While Rolls-Royce has made several coachbuilt creations in the past, including the Sweptail and more recent Boat Tail, this Droptail is arguably more exclusive than the others. That's because it is built on a completely new monocoque chassis that Rolls-Royce developed specifically for this model, made from steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Meanwhile, the company's previous bespoke creations were based on the Architecture of Luxury platform that currently underpins the Cullinan, Ghost, and Phantom.


Its underpinnings may be unique, but the Droptail still shares its engine with existing Rolls-Royce models. Beneath its long hood sits a 6.7 liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine, producing 593 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. While the Droptail mostly focuses on cosseting its one-percenter occupants, that doesn't make it slow. The V12 droptop is capable of gliding to 62 mph in under 5 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 mph.





In terms of overall design, the Droptail doesn't look quite the same as "standard" Rolls-Royce models. Its chrome grille is smaller and less upright than what's found on a typical Rolls-Royce, and it's flanked by ultra-slim LED headlights. Charcacter lines flow along the sides of the car, before reaching the extensive slope of the rear end. There's you'll find a unique set of tallights that differs greatly from any of the automaker's past cars, tucked under a sharp rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the roof features a removable carbon fiber top with built-in electrochromic panels.




Inside and out, the La Rose Noire is largely inspired by a dark French rose known as the Black Baccara. This Droptail is finished in a bespoke shade of red that normally appears black, but reveals a glowing red hue under stronger light, much like the flower it's inspired by. This paint was created by mixing two existing shade of red, which Rolls-Royce calls True Love and Mystery.


The cabin is filled with intricate artistry, again inspired by the Black Baccara rose, which Rolls-Royce says took two years to complete. Gracing the dashboard and other elements is a complex pattern that impersonates the falling of rose petals, created using exactly 1,603 segments of black wood veneer. The remainder of the cabin precisely mimics the color scheme of the exterior paint, as the seats and other elements are upholstered in both True Love and Mystery.


Near the center of the dashboard lives a custom timepiece crafted by Audemars Piguet. The 43 mm chronograph has its counters and inner bezel finished in red, along with a flying chronograph. Most intriguingly, the timepiece can be detached from its home on the dash with the push of a button and worn on the owner's wrist with a matching strap.





A $30 million Rolls and a matching timepiece are probably more than enough for most of us, but not for the family that customized this Droptail. The client also ordered a one-off Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest featuring the same color scheme as the car. The chest opens to reveal hand-blown crystal champagne flutes and a serving tray.


While Rolls-Royce hasn't revealed to us how much each of the four Droptail models set clients back, some external sources suggest a price of around $30 million. This could make the Droptail the most expensive new car ever sold, topping the $28 million Boat Tail as the record holder, and making the $500,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom look like a bargain in comparison. Let's not forget that the custom timepiece and champagne chest weren't free, either.


What do you think of the Droptail La Rose Noire?

Image Credits: Rolls-Royce
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Ultra-Exclusive Rolls-Royce Droptail "La Rose Noire" Debuts In Monterey With $30M Price Tag

This commission is one of just four Droptails being built.

Rolls-Royce has taken to Monterey Car Week to reveal the Droptail, displaying a bespoke commision it calls La Rose Noire. It's one of just four being made, and was developed by the company's Coachbuild division.



While Rolls-Royce has made several coachbuilt creations in the past, including the Sweptail and more recent Boat Tail, this Droptail is arguably more exclusive than the others. That's because it is built on a completely new monocoque chassis that Rolls-Royce developed specifically for this model, made from steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber. Meanwhile, the company's previous bespoke creations were based on the Architecture of Luxury platform that currently underpins the Cullinan, Ghost, and Phantom.


Its underpinnings may be unique, but the Droptail still shares its engine with existing Rolls-Royce models. Beneath its long hood sits a 6.7 liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine, producing 593 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. While the Droptail mostly focuses on cosseting its one-percenter occupants, that doesn't make it slow. The V12 droptop is capable of gliding to 62 mph in under 5 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 mph.





In terms of overall design, the Droptail doesn't look quite the same as "standard" Rolls-Royce models. Its chrome grille is smaller and less upright than what's found on a typical Rolls-Royce, and it's flanked by ultra-slim LED headlights. Charcacter lines flow along the sides of the car, before reaching the extensive slope of the rear end. There's you'll find a unique set of tallights that differs greatly from any of the automaker's past cars, tucked under a sharp rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the roof features a removable carbon fiber top with built-in electrochromic panels.




Inside and out, the La Rose Noire is largely inspired by a dark French rose known as the Black Baccara. This Droptail is finished in a bespoke shade of red that normally appears black, but reveals a glowing red hue under stronger light, much like the flower it's inspired by. This paint was created by mixing two existing shade of red, which Rolls-Royce calls True Love and Mystery.


The cabin is filled with intricate artistry, again inspired by the Black Baccara rose, which Rolls-Royce says took two years to complete. Gracing the dashboard and other elements is a complex pattern that impersonates the falling of rose petals, created using exactly 1,603 segments of black wood veneer. The remainder of the cabin precisely mimics the color scheme of the exterior paint, as the seats and other elements are upholstered in both True Love and Mystery.


Near the center of the dashboard lives a custom timepiece crafted by Audemars Piguet. The 43 mm chronograph has its counters and inner bezel finished in red, along with a flying chronograph. Most intriguingly, the timepiece can be detached from its home on the dash with the push of a button and worn on the owner's wrist with a matching strap.





A $30 million Rolls and a matching timepiece are probably more than enough for most of us, but not for the family that customized this Droptail. The client also ordered a one-off Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest featuring the same color scheme as the car. The chest opens to reveal hand-blown crystal champagne flutes and a serving tray.


While Rolls-Royce hasn't revealed to us how much each of the four Droptail models set clients back, some external sources suggest a price of around $30 million. This could make the Droptail the most expensive new car ever sold, topping the $28 million Boat Tail as the record holder, and making the $500,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom look like a bargain in comparison. Let's not forget that the custom timepiece and champagne chest weren't free, either.


What do you think of the Droptail La Rose Noire?

Image Credits: Rolls-Royce

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