Rolls-Royce has released the first details on its latest special edition developed by its in-house personalization department Rolls-Royce Bespoke. The new special edition is the Phantom Drophead Coupe Bespoke Waterspeed Collection, of which just 35 examples will be built.
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The launch celebrates the triumph of Sir Malcolm Campbell in his Rolls-Royce-powered Bluebird K3 boat in setting the world waterspeed record back in 1937. Campbell’s top speed of 129.5 mph was enough to end America’s five-year stranglehold on the contest and promoted Rolls-Royce as the engine supplier of choice not only for aircraft, which was already established at the time, but also for watercraft.
Echoing the cutting-edge technology employed in the construction of Campbell’s Bluebird K3, the team at Rolls-Royce Bespoke have selected a number of materials never used previously on a Rolls-Royce vehicle. Full details will be released over the coming months, but from this design sketch we can see that the exterior will feature a light blue hue contrasted by brushed metal. Rolls-Royce tells us that steel will be used instead of the usual aluminum, and that the light blue is an exclusive color called Maggiore Blue.
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No changes are expected in the powertrain department, so all 35 Phantom Drophead Coupe Bespoke Waterspeed Collection models will come with a 453-horsepower 6.75-liter V-12 mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Note, Rolls-Royce will be introducing more special edition models this year. In a statement, Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said that this special edition, and others to follow in 2014, “serve to display the breadth of Bespoke personalization available to every Rolls-Royce customer--I very much look forward to revealing these remarkable cars over the coming months.”