26 August 2008

Shock: tasteless Rolls

Too much money? Not enough sense? Walk this way...

Peony Phantom saloon

The Rolls Royce Phantom is quickly becoming the car for people whose bank balance is inversely proportional to their level of taste.

We've already seen the less-than-lovely gold Drophead, and now this has appeared - the Peony Phantom saloon. Oh dear...

This azure Phant has been created by the Rolls Royce Bespoke Program for a customer in the United Arab Emirates. Of course.

So that two-tone pearl blue exterior should remain a thankfully rare sight, and the same goes for the 'moonstone pearl blue and seashell interior'.

In case you're wondering, 'Peony' is an ancient flower design and oriental motif that represents royalty, wealth and distinction.

It's used liberally inside the bespoke Phantom, categorically proving the royalty, wealth and distinction of the owner.

It's a bit of a bargain too - buy one and Rolls will throw in a specially developed Emirati perfume. A Perodua with £1,000 cash back looks a bit less inventive now, doesn't it?

The Bespoke Program team works in a closed-off part of the Rolls Goodwood factory and develops new paints, materials and mechanical changes without letting taste get in the way.

What can we expect next from the Bespoke boys? We're not completely sure we want to imagine...

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