Inspired by yacht, the all-new Rolls-Royce Sweptail believed to be the most expensive new car yet has hit the market with a price tag of about $13million.The bespoke coupe, unveiled recently was described as one of the world’s most highly personalised two-seater car, which takes its styling cues from luxury yachts.
The Bugatti Chiron sold for about $3million was recorded as one of the most expensive production cars to ever reach showrooms, but the introduction of Sweptail halted that record.
The epitome of personalised luxury took its name from the ‘swept-tail’ design of Rolls-Royces of the 1920s-30s, and was commissioned by an unnamed super-wealthy customer and unveiled at one of the world’s most exclusive car shows in Italy, the Concorso d’Eleganza, the Villa d’Este on the shore of Lake Como, Daily Mail reported
Reportedly, the new car may not be sold, besides Rolls-Royce is yet to showcase technical specs of the car, but expectations are that it would be based on the current-generation Phantom platform, which means some version of the company’s 6.75-liter V-12 is most likely lurking under its long bonnet.
Sweptail’a centre console housed a one-off hand-built mechanism that at the touch of a button deploys a bottle of the client’s favourite vintage champagne – from the year of his birth – and two crystal champagne flutes. As the lid of the chiller opens, the mechanical action articulates the bottle to the perfect position for the owner to pick up.
And two concealed secret exterior compartments house attaché cases with the owner’s computer lap-tops.The grand-tourer in the ‘romantic tradition’ features a large panoramic glass roof and takes its name from the ‘swept-tail’ design of coach-built Rolls-Royces of the 1920s and ‘30s.
Its ‘08’ number-plate is believed to be a nod to the forthcoming launch of next generation Phantom VIII limousine – set to replace from next year the Phantom VII, which ended production after a lengthy run from 2003.