10 INTERESTING FACTS: Rolls-Royce is synonymous with luxury, power and style (pictured here is the new Dawn in SA). Read our list of ten facts you might not know about the luxury marque. Image: Wheels24 / Sergio Davids
London - Earlier in 2016, Wheels24 reported on the new Rolls-Royce Dawn launched in South Africa in March. This year also marks the most extreme model yet from the luxury automaker - the Black Badge edition.
New Dawn in SA
The new Dawn is the next step in the renaissance of Rolls-Royce cars which began in 2003 with the launch of the Phantom and subsequent introductions of the Ghost and Wraith.
Wheels24's Sergio Davids experienced the new Rolls-Royce Dawn in Stellenbosch. Read his driving impressions here.
New Black Badge edition
The Rolls-Royce Wraith and Ghost models will receive Black Badge treatment. According to the automaker, the Wraith and Ghost will gain aesthetic alterations, as well as increases in their respective performance.
With the imminent arrival of the Rolls-Royce Black Badge, the most extreme edition from the famous automaker, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London is celebrating some other extremes from the company’s history.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has been based at its flagship showroom in Berkeley Square in Mayfair, West London, since 1927, and has seen all manner of extremes in that time.
The Rolls-Royce Black Badge will be making its first appearance in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London showroom in July 2016.
Here are ten things you might not know about Rolls-Royce:
1. Luxury cars in demand
In 2015, Rolls-Royce celebrated its second highest sales in its 112-year history - 3785 models. In 2014 however, the automaker sold a record 4063 vehicles. Not bad for an automaker which sells vehicles worth millions each.
Rolls-Royce recently launched its all-new 'entry level" Dawn in Stellenbosch - models start from R10-million! With the launch of its new Dawn, 2016 could be yet another record year for the luxury automaker.
2. Precise pink
Rolls-Royce offers limitless possibilities for personalisation, allowing you to choose your car in whatever colour you like. The most specific colour scheme chosen by a Rolls-Royce customer was a red exterior and a bubblegum pink interior.
It wasn’t just any red and pink, though, as the buyer brought in a t-shirt that he wanted to match the colours to.
3. Starting early
What car did you drive in your 20s? A Rolls-Royce might not be within reach for every 22-year-old but that is the age of the youngest customer to have purchased a vehicle through Rolls-Royce - Paras Gupta! It wasn’t just any car – it was a once-off, bespoke 'Inspired by Film' model.
Amazingly, this Rolls-Royce buyer isn’t the youngest anywhere in the world, though, as a gentleman from Taiwan who ordered his first Phantom at the age of just 12.
4. Three at once
Taking delivery of your new Rolls-Royce is truly a special occasion but for one customer, June 2016 is going to be a time to really treasure. The owner will taking delivery of three Rolls-Royce Dawns – the first time that a customer has bought three cars in one go from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London.
5. A special occasion
When a customer takes delivery of their new car, it is far from being a simple hand over of the keys and the documents. Rolls-Royce makes sure it is an occasion to remember, and takes the new owner through every aspect of their car. The process takes on average three hours, and is the perfect introduction to life with a Rolls-Royce. As a final, and personal touch, the new owner even gets a gift specific to their car.
6. All about timing
When a car is sold through Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London, it is treated with the utmost care and attention. Before it is deemed worthy to be handed over to customer, it will be thoroughly prepared, with each car taking five hours to valet and get just right.
7. Carefully painted
To achieve the Rolls-Royce mirror-like finish, the only robots you will find at the Home of Rolls-Royce apply five layers of paint. Highly skilled paint experts paint any hard-to-reach spots. In total the process of applying a flawless exterior finish takes 7 days and uses over 45kg of paint.
8. Find the lady
The Spirit of Ecstasy is the a finishing touch of simplistic elegance on the bonnet of every bonnet but the mechanism that moves her up and down is anything but simple – there are as many as 24 unseen linkages and bearings that work together to tuck her out of sight.
9. Finely tuned
Even though many elements of a Rolls-Royce can be changed according to a customer’s desires, the 1300 Watt, 18 speaker Bespoke Audio system in a Rolls-Royce is so exhaustively tuned, interior designers must seek the permission of the Engineer who created it before making any design changes.
10. Stars above
The Starlight Headliner, one the most popular Bespoke features in a modern Rolls-Royce, comprises 1340 individually hand-woven fibre-optics in the interior roof. Customers are able to specify a specific constellation, which will be verified by a local observatory, and more than 2km of cabling is painstakingly hand-woven to achieve the eye-catching effect.