Cars Rolls-Royce Sweptail: 'Probably the most expensive car... ever'

15:10  02 june  2017
15:10  02 june  2017 Source:   CAR

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An uninterrupted glass roof, one of the largest and most complex ever seen on a motor car of any marque, allows the cabin to be flooded with natural In short, it is a Rolls - Royce – but like no other before. Rolls - Royce Sweptail - Probably the Most Expensive Car in the World watch online video.

Unknown, predictably, Rolls - Royce debunking rumours that the new Sweptail cost upwards of million. Company execs were keen to point out though that the one-off was “substantially expensive ”, and “ probably the most expensive new car ever .”

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The world of luxury motoring and racing yachts have collided, thanks to Rolls-Royce. This one-off, coachbuilt car is called the Sweptail, which is not only inspired by racing yachts but of the grand '20s and '30s cars built by the über-luxurious brand.

It’s Rolls' latest flex of its luxury muscle, after it showed off the crazy-looking 103EX concept last year.

The Sweptail was built after one of Rolls-Royce’s ‘most valued customers’ came to it with a very specific request to build the one-off car. It looks very much like a modern Roller from the front: the bluff front end, thin LED lights and massive chrome grille see to that.

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The ‘ Sweptail ’ is without question a Rolls - Royce that fits to the marque’s DNA. An uninterrupted glass roof, one of the largest and most complex ever seen on a motor car of any marque In short, it is a Rolls - Royce – but like no other before. Rolls - Royce Sweptail - Probably the Most Expensive

It is called Rolls Royce Sweptail and it is both exquisite and exclusive. According CAR Magazine, the Sweptail “was substantially expensive , making it probably the most expensive new car in ages ever ”.

But it’s the rear half where the most significant changes lie; the silhouette of the car from the side slopes down to a point and the Sweptail comes with a rather hefty rear overhang – let’s hope parking sensors are standard.

The pointed rear end is apparently the ‘ultimate homage to the world of racing yachts that inspired the client.’ There aren’t any visible panel lines, which Rolls-Royce is, again, keen to stress it’s like the hull of a luxury ship. Has that sunk in yet? [Sorry.]

Despite being as long as an aircraft carrier, there’s only space for two inside. Those lucky/wealthy enough to take a trip in the Sweptail will bathe in plenty of natural light – thanks to the enormous panoramic sunroof – and will sit in a cabin finished in swathes of ‘Moccasin and Dark Spice’ leather upholstery, plus ebony and paldao wood veneers. Rolls-Royce claims that the interior is ‘the cleanest dashboard to date’ and includes a wood veneer so thin that light can be shone through it in places like the clock face.

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It is called Rolls Royce Sweptail and it is both exquisite and exclusive. There will never be another like it and it is valued at £10 million (N4,950,000,000). According to CAR Magazine, the Sweptail “was substantially expensive , making it probably the most expensive new car ever ”.

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The rear space comprises a ‘Passarelle’ (‘bridge’ in French) across, finished in ‘Madagascar Ebony’ veneer. Choice details include the name Sweptail embossed into the centre line and a Riva Aquarama-esque deck for, er… hats. There are also discreet storage spaces for the client’s laptop and a bespoke luggage set. 

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Rolls-Royce chief exec, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, pulled the covers off the car at the Villa d'Este concourse event and we sat down to chat Sweptail and what it means for the ultimate luxury brand. 

The Sweptail has been hailed as Rolls-Royce's return to creating bespoke cars, but creating them can be difficult on a platform that already exists.

Torsten hints at Rolls-Royce making future platforms more accessible for unique coachbuilding to be performed on them; ‘In theory [we can] because our decision is to go aluminium spaceframe architecture only, and that is the kind of technology that allows, in principle, doing stuff like that.’ He was however, keen to stress that this would need further investigation before allowing any future customers to get too excited about ordering their own unique car.

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Behold, the Rolls - Royce Sweptail ! The Sweptail is probably the biggest two-seater car that has ever been built. In a nod to the swept-tail of certain Rolls - Royces from the 1920s, admired by the client so much , he asked Rolls - Royce to reimagine this feature on his one-off motor car .

Rolls - Royce Sweptail . At roughly million, the Bugatti Chiron is one of the most expensive production cars to ever reach showrooms. So, the words “affordable” and “Bugatti” rarely, if ever , occupy real estate in the same sentence.

The Rolls-Royce boss also mentioned how several potential customers have come to the brand to ask for a one-off car before, but this is the only one that has gone ahead thus far. Why now? ‘Because it needs the teaming of the right individuals to do it. For us it was also an adventure because it was completely new territory.’ 

‘You want to have a partner on board who is sustainable enough, understandable enough that this might need detours, but it was perfect. He [the anonymous client] trusted us, we trusted him and it was the right moment to do it. It’s also the future of luxury long-term; that you go even more custom-built.’

So how much is the Sweptail? Torsten neglected to give even a ballpark figure, but did say ‘it was substantially expensive. Substantially expensive. You can easily say that this is probably the most expensive new car in ages… ever.’

Don't ever expect to see this car in the metal, but it does prove that Rolls-Royce can still create coachbuilt cars. 

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