Fancy headliner features 1,340 fiber optic lights that illuminate eight shooting stars at random.
Because there is no such thing as a standard Rolls-Royce, the BMW-owned luxury marque is always looking for ways to give deep-pocketed customers more options to configure their prized possessions right down to the smallest detail. Case in point, the lavish Wraith coupe is getting a special edition with extra trinkets and strictly limited to 55 cars “inspired by those who lead where others follow.” It signals the debut of a new Sunburst Grey paint with copper accents, but that’s not what makes this particular Wraith so special.
As with most Rolls-Royces, the real magic has happened inside the luxurious cabin where the starlight headliner is a bit more special than before. The handwoven configuration consisting of 1,340 fiber optic lights now feature eight shooting stars that fire at random. These require almost 20 hours to configure and can be predominantly observed over the front seats. Why? As a “recognition of Wraith’s owner-driver appeal.”
Speaking of the seats, you’ll notice the front ones have a different color than the rear seats. Indeed, Rolls-Royce opted for a Saddlery Tan upholstery up front combined with a contrasting Anthracite leather in the back where optionally a Seashell-colored leather can be ordered. To make it a bit more special than the other Wraith coupes, a hand-woven stainless-steel fabric adorns the door panniers and the central tunnel.
For the first time ever, the Wraith Luminary Collection features illuminated wooden paneling with 176 LEDs highlighting the beautiful Tudor Oak wood obtained from the forests in Czech Republic. Rounding off the tweaks are the fancy treadplates with a hand-polished stainless-steel engraving denoting the limited availability of the Luminary Collection.
There aren’t any changes as far as the engine is concerned, so this Wraith has the same mighty 6.6-liter V12 engine with a pair of turbochargers good for 624 horsepower.
Gallery: Rolls-Royce Wraith Luminary Collection
ROLLS-ROYCE TAKES BESPOKE TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH ‘WRAITH LUMINARY COLLECTION’
• Limited Collection of 55 unique Rolls-Royce motor cars • First ever shooting star headliner • World debut of illuminated wooden paneling • Stainless steel hand-woven fabric incorporated into cabin • Global debut of Sunburst Grey paint. Solid grey with rich copper tones
Oxford English Dictionary definition Luminary: 1) A person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere. 2) A natural light-giving body, especially the sun or moon.
In a bold expression of dynamic luxury, Rolls-Royce unveils the Wraith Luminary Collection. Inspired by those who lead where others follow, the Wraith Luminary Collection will light the way for the luxury trailblazer.
In response to an ongoing global demand for Rolls-Royce Collection Cars, the marque has created a Limited Collection of just 55 of these spectacular Wraiths. These motor cars join the highly exclusive ranks of collectible Bespoke masterpieces, envisioned by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke design team and collected by Patrons of true luxury all over the world.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, “Wraith Luminary is a stunning Collection Car. It speaks directly of our contemporary Rolls-Royce brand – progressive and trailblazing; the pinnacle in hand-crafted luxury. This is a motor car that celebrates visionaries who achieve eminence in their respective fields. Indeed, this collection is for the world’s luminaries.”
The heady shade of the golden hour’s sunrays inspire this newly developed exterior paint, Sunburst Grey. One is met by a flat grey that enlivens when awoken by the sun, rich copper tones, emitting a deep emotive warmth. Further intrigue is added by a hand-painted Sunburst Motif coachline, hand-painted Wake Channel Lines on Wraith’s bonnet and pinstripes applied to the wheel centres, each in Saddlery Tan, bearing reference to the colourway of the interior leather.
Energy courses through this highly charged edition of Wraith. On opening the coach doors, one is met by a statement of modern luxury, as light flows from the front into the rear passenger compartment. The Collection’s defining feature, Tudor Oak wood, sourced from the forests of the Czech Republic, selected for its depth of colour and the density of the grain structure, is for the first time, illuminated. The light of 176 LEDs permeates through an intricately perforated design in the unique Tudor Oak veneer, allowing a mesmerizing pattern, reminiscent of the trailing light of a shooting star, to luminesce at the touch of a button. Linked to the controls of the starlight headliner, the cabin’s veneer surrounds Wraith’s occupants in an ambient glow of light.
Speaking of shooting stars, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective, a talented group of engineers, designers and craftspeople located at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, have brought further theatre to the cabin of Luminary in the form of brilliant shooting stars. The prized Rolls-Royce starlight headliner, a handwoven configuration of 1340 fibre optic lights which act as a glittering night sky, takes a bold new step as it incorporates shooting stars into the constellation; a playful display of light that creates wonderment and awe for the car’s passengers.
Taking nearly 20 hours to configure, eight shooting stars fire at random, predominantly over the front seats, in recognition of Wraith’s owner-driver appeal.
Wraith Luminary’s cockpit is trimmed in Saddlery Tan, though the rear seats contrast in Anthracite leather, thus highlighting the prominence of the driver’s position. Contrast piping and stitching masterfully marry the front aesthetic to the rear. Alternatively, a more dramatic contrast can be selected by specifying Seashell coloured leather in the rear, both of which will be perfectly coalesced by the inclusion of a two-tone steering wheel.
The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective continually seeks inspiration from external trends and influences. In a progressive step, the application of hand-woven stainless steel fabric, a highly contemporary and innovative new technique in luxury craft, is appointed to the central transmission tunnel and door panniers, contrasting the Tudor Oak wood and Saddlery Tan leather.
Incorporating strands which are 0.08mm – 0.19mm in diameter, this technical fibre is woven in a pattern oriented at precisely 45 degrees, to complement the lines of the interior and provide a uniform appearance throughout the passenger compartment when viewed from either side. Taking three days to produce in a ‘clean room’ environment, the fabric is manipulated to cloak the centre console, modified from use in an industrial environment to create a finish befitting the interior of a Rolls-Royce motor car, refracting the light of the unique illuminated paneling in the doors.
As a final touch, the car’s tread plates bear the provenance of this unique collection. ‘WRAITH LUMINARY COLLECTION – ONE OF FIFTY-FIVE’ is engraved in hand-polished stainless steel.
Since its incarnation, Wraith has long attracted the patronage of visionaries – drawn to the intoxicating promise of near unlimited power and it’s hauntingly rakish fast-back design, a true gentleman’s gran tourismo fabricated par excellence. The remarkable success of Wraith in attracting a new generation of drivers to the marque is reflected in this distinctive motor car’s masterfully incorporated, innovative expressions of pure luxury.
Rolls-Royce is Bespoke.