Rolls-Royce unveiled the La Rose Noire Droptail, the most expensive car in the world. The two-seater roadster takes design cues from the high-speed sailing yachts of the 1930s and features a carbon fibre and electrochromic glass retractable hardtop that allows the driver to control the amount of natural light entering the cabin with the push of a button. Although official pricing has not been released, it is expected to be well over USD 30 million. Similar to the Rolls-Royce Ghost, this model also features a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V-12 engine. Only the door handles, the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, and the RR monogram interrupt the otherwise uninterrupted flow of the Droptail's sleek, low-slung bodywork, giving it the appearance of a futuristic luxury yacht.
Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail: Design
Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail: is the first vehicle in the Coachbuild lineup to feature a brand-new monocoque chassis made from steel, aluminium, and carbon fibre. Prior to this, it used the same Architecture of Luxury platform for both production and bespoke models (also used by Cullinan, Ghost, and Phantom). Over the course of nearly two years, 1,603 hand-finished and hand-placed wood pieces were added to the vehicle, and a new exterior paint technique was adapted after 150 trials. Blade-shaped haunches and a large carbon-fibre rear diffuser give the new model a more overtly sporting character than mainstream Rolls-Royce models.
While without the roof, the Droptail is an open-air roadster, with it installed, it transforms into a coupe, thanks to its removable hard top. Mystery paint gives the 22-inch alloy wheels a black appearance from a distance, but up close, they reveal sparkling dark red undertones.
The front end of a Drop Tail is more conventional, though its grille bars are curved and end in chamfered rather than right angles, making it stand out from the crowd. Rolls-Royce claims that these modifications capture the "informal spirit" of the vehicle.
Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail: Interior
The primary objective of the interior design was to create a "intimate" space, so the informal vibe was kept throughout. As much switchgear as possible is hidden; only three buttons are exposed, and the infotainment control dial can be hidden behind the powered centre console.
A large wooden panel wraps around the chairs to create an intimate setting. One skilled worker, a former Rolls-Royce apprentice, put in over nine months of time to complete the panel. It was the "most complicated, involved, and prohibitive work of craft ever produced" by Coachbuild, according to Alex Innes, the company's head of design at its Goodwood factory. The 'True Love Red' and 'Mystery' colours on the walls represent the passion and mystery in their romance. The wooden panel in the car's interior is meant to represent falling rose petals, and it's made out of black sycamore to pay homage to the vehicle's heritage.
The number of Droptails built will be strictly capped at four. The first production model, dubbed the "Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail," is notable for the seamless incorporation of an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept wristwatch into the car's interior. An exclusive event in Carmel, California served as the venue for the debut of this extraordinary work of art.