Just days after Rolls-Royce unwrapped what could be the world’s most expensive new car – the La Rose Noire Droptail – the 2023 Rolls-Royce Amethyst Droptail has also been revealed and could challenge for the title, reportedly setting its owner back more than $40 million.
Commissioned by an unnamed owner who has a background in the gemstone, hence the name, the Amethyst Droptail is painted in a multi-tone colour scheme that is said to be inspired by gemstones, flowers and sand dunes.
Featuring a unique purple and silver exterior colour, the Globe Amaranth paint is said to mimic the flower that blooms near the owner’s home, although designers have added aluminium flakes to add extra sparkle.
The same finish has also been applied to the massive 22-inch wheels, while the hand-brushed and polished grille is also bespoke, taking a claimed 50 hours to finish.
Below it, there’s a lower air intake that is made of composite material and included 202 hand-polished stainless-steel ingots that are also painted the Globe Amaranth.
Even the glass used in the two-seater Roller is unique, capable of switching from a purple tint opaque to translucent with a sand dune brown tint.
Inside, the Sand Dune brown theme is replicated with its leather seats that are blended with dark wood and purple highlights.
All materials used were subjected to more than 8000 hours of sunlight, rain and huge temperature fluctuations before being signed off, according to the car-maker.
The centrepiece of the dash, meanwhile, is a Swiss clock with a hand-wound movement. The owner can remove the timepiece from the car for safekeeping.
Under the bonnet is Rolls-Royce’s signature twin-turbo 6.75-litre petrol V12, outputting an equally grand 481kW/840Nm.
Beneath the skin, instead of being based on the Rolls-Royce Dawn convertible, the Droptail limited-edition is underpinned by a fresh monocoque chassis that combines steel, aluminium and carbon-fibre.
For the Amethyst build, Rolls-Royce used a composite with a special layer of Amethyst-tinted lacquer which is almost entirely hidden.
The same weight-saving composite has been used for the removeable roof panel that also gets more electrochromic glass.
The rear deck is yet another striking feature of the one-off Rolls and is said to be finished in Calamander Light open-pore wood that matches the leather within.
The rear boot lid is also an important aerodynamic element that took two years to be developed to produce the required downforce, Rolls says.
Source : CarSales