A £20 million Boat Tail by Rolls-Royce has become the world’s most expensive new car. The nautical-themed vehicle is an example of true luxury, boasting a rear deck that converts into a picnic area.
After 4 years of designing, planning, and manufacturing with the level of attention to detail we’ve come to expect from the British carmaker, the exclusive new grand tourer convertible is finally finished and ready for its mystery owners.
While Rolls-Royce has been asked to keep the identity of the owner’s a secret, they have revealed that the wealthy and ‘flamboyant’ couple have a passion for chilled champagne and outdoor dining which helped to inspire the luxury limousine with a modern interpretation of a yacht’s wooden rear deck.
The ‘Coachbuild’ production means that everything apart from the chassis, engine and underpinnings were designed and created from scratch and exclusively for this unique model. A total of 1,813 exclusive new parts were created for the project, which in part, explains the £20 million price tag.
The Coachbuild department, which was set up by Rolls-Royce to attend to the super-rich customers who want uniquely designed vehicles, will make a total of 3 Boat Tail models. With Rolls-Royce explaining that three clients all share a passion and interest for the nautical-themed design. The company added: ‘In consultation with the clients concerned, an agreement was reached whereby three cars would share a common body, but each would then be individually, highly personalised.’
And this first model certainly is personalised. The exterior paint is the client’s favourite colour – a light shade of blue which includes embedded metallic and crystal flakes to catch the light. Inside, the leather is also blue, with a ‘light metallic sheen’. The customers collect luxury pens, and their favourite Montblanc pen has been placed in a hand-crafted aluminium and leather case within the glove box compartment. The cabin has been sleekly modified to allow for his and her watches to be slotted into the dash to act as the vehicle’s clock.
All this seems rather understated compared to the rear deck which opens up like butterfly’s wings and features a rotating cocktail table, a luxurious dinner set, a set of chairs and a matching parasol that glides out on an extending telescopic arm.
Rolls-Royce has described the two-door, four-seat limo, which measures just under 5.8 metres in length and includes a massive 6.7-litre V12 twin turbo-charged petrol engine as ‘never seen before in the automotive world’. And we would certainly have to agree.