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.
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.
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.”