Rolls-Royce Boat Tail

The Boat Tail is believed to be the most expensive new car in the world | Source: CarScoops

Another Rolls-Royce Boat Tail to be Unveiled in May

Another Rolls Royce Boat Tail is set to be revealed next month at the BMW-sponsored Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, with an eye-watering estimated price tag of A$38 million.

The luxury Grand Tourer is to be unveiled at the major classic and vintage car event on the shores of Lake Como in Italy, which will be held from May 20 to 22 this year.

The second in a series of three cars being built by Rolls-Royce’s luxury arm, Coachbuild, the upcoming Boat Tail will be incredibly different to any car seen before. According to Rolls-Royce, it could be a “radical departure in all areas apart from its silhouette.”

The first iteration of the most expensive new car in the world was reportedly commissioned by US music power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, although they never acknowledged the rumours.

Underneath the Caleidolegno wood “deck” at the rear is a bespoke champagne chest with two bottles of Armand de Brignac vintage cuvée, caviar, blinis and a parasol.

The Santiago Calatrava-inspired cantilever tail of the car opens from the centre hinges, the design evoking the graceful J-class racing yacht and 1932 Rolls-Royce Boat Tail.

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Powered by a twin-turbo 6.75-litre V12 engine, producing 563 hp and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque, the second iteration will probably have a similar, if not the exact same, engine that powers the Cullinan and Phantom.

“Coachbuilding is a highly distilled expression of Rolls-Royce Bespoke, reserved for those who look to move beyond existing constraints. Rolls-Royce Coachbuild is contemporary patronage in its truest form,” said Rolls-Royce in a press release.

The current hand-made Boat-Tail features a wrap-around windscreen and a yacht-inspired tail design. While there are no plans to unveil the third iteration of the Boat-Tail to the public -at the owners’ request- the second design will be hotly anticipated.

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Three of the customers who approached Rolls-Royce after its release of the Sweptail in 2017 all expressed their admiration of nautical design, particularly that of J-class yachts. And so, Rolls-Royce designed the Boat Tail with these classic yachts in mind.

The first version is based on Rolls-Royce’s own Architecture of Luxury. A new modular design construction already underpins the brand’s more recent models, most notably the second-generation Phantom, which shares nothing with parent company BMWs design architecture. The platform is designed for full electrification in the future.

The architecture can also support rear-wheel steering and all-wheel-drive but there has been no word about whether the newer model will include these.

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The entire exterior of the first new Boat Tail was hand-built and although Rolls-Royce says its customers didn’t specifically request a roof, a hardtop canopy is available. It does require more than one person to attach, but the car also comes with a cover for when the roof can’t be fixed.

The second Boat Tail is expected to be loosely based on the Phantom. Alex Innes, who heads up Rolls-Royce’s Coachbuild Design division, said the clients behind the three Boat Tail models “appreciated the hallmarks of Rolls-Royce design and encouraged us to move beyond the familiar traits that we see today and design something that points towards the future”. 

Unfortunately, Rolls-Royce said the cars are not a “product offering” and so are not up for sale at this point.

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