The brainchild of three die-hard fans and the esteemed marque’s new Coachbuild program, the Boat Tail is one of Rolls-Royce’s most interesting models to date. Crafted using a traditional technique known as coachbuilding, the new automotive takes cues from the hull of a J-class yacht, with the nautical influence clearly seen in its distinctive rear end. Like any Rolls-Royce, it’s packed with a range of exquisite features serving to enhance the car’s beauty and user enjoyment. While Rolls-Royce has traditionally been very discreet with the prices of their bespoke vehicles, talk on the road is that it’s a serious competitor for the title of most expensive car in the world, which is currently held by Bugatti’s La Voiture Noire.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the car’s specifications, perhaps we should shed some light on the Boat Tail’s history. It begins with the revival of Rolls-Royce’s Coachbuild department and the artisanal skills unique to the marque’s craftsmen. In 2017, this revival spawned the celebrated one-off bespoke model known as the Sweptail which embodied the dawn of a new era for the brand’s hand-built vehicles and their collaborative approach to design.

From the legions of dedicated fans, three individuals approached the marque with a shared love of modern nautical designs and a single demand, “show me something that I have never seen before.”

From discussions between Rolls-Royce and these three clients, three iterations of the Boat Tail were born, each sharing the same body but with their own personalised touches.

At first glance, the Boat Tail possesses Rolls-Royce’s iconic design identity, being based on the same aluminium platform as the acclaimed Phantom and Ghost models. Apart from some shared DNA however, the Boat Tail is a completely different beast. As mentioned, the car’s design was inspired by the nautical designs of J-Class yachts and the original “Boat Tails” of the 1920s and 1930s, from which it derived its name. Those vintage automobiles were unique creations in their own right, constructed by grafting the “hull forms of sailing boats onto the rolling chassis of a Rolls-Royce.”

The Boat Tail’s nautical influence is particularly apparent in the car’s aft deck.

The near 5.8-metre-long behemoth of a grand tourer comfortably seats four occupants and has a removable “canopy” roof. Power is provided by Rolls-Royce’s 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 engine, the same one used in the Phantom and which puts out 563 bhp.

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By: Abram Yum
Title: Rolls-Royce Unveils New Bespoke Boat Tail
Sourced From: www.luxuo.com/homepage-slider/rolls-royce-unveils-new-bespoke-boat-tail-coachbuild.html
Published Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2021 00:55:00 +0000

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