Rolls-Royce Bespoke Chicane Phantom Coupe: No Two Alike

One particular characteristic of a modern-day Rolls-Royce is that it seems no two examples are exactly alike. It turns out that the exorbitantly wealthy really enjoy customizing their luxury vehicles and tailor them to their tastes—or lack thereof. Those with a particularly robust wallet can opt for the brand’s Bespoke program, where buyers have “the talents of the world’s finest automotive designers and craftspeople at (their) disposal,” Rolls-Royce gushes.

The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Chicane Phantom Coupe (what a name!), however, wasn’t specified by a customer. Instead, it’s the brainchild of Rolls-Royce Dubai’s brand manager Mohammed EL-Arishy. Proving the assertion that “inspiration for a Bespoke Rolls-Royce can strike anywhere,” EL-Arishy’s imagination was triggered while gazing at historic pictures during an assuredly expensive dinner at the Goodwood Hotel near the Rolls’ Goodwood production facility.

Rolls-Royce claims that its Bespoke Chicane Phantom Coupe is meant to evoke the history and heritage of the Goodwood racetrack, but that claim should not be taken too literally. Inside, there are no engine-turned aluminum surfaces, and there is no wooden steering wheel. The car doesn’t even have a tachometer. Instead, Rolls has chosen to fit the interior with large, sweeping carbon-fiber surfaces, and it keeps the curious “power meter,” a device that displays the engine’s available power reserve at any given moment. The chintzy Starlight headliner, sprinkled with LEDs that mimic stars in the night sky, remains—in stark contrast to the racing heritage that inspires the rest of the car.

Rolls-Royce Bespoke Chicane Phantom Coupe

Nearly every surface of the interior—bar the carpeting and panels rendered in carbon fiber—is upholstered in bright-red leather. While perhaps somewhat childish for a Rolls-Royce, the color choice works well with the Gunmetal Gray exterior, which is nicely complemented by matching wheels and a matte-black hood.



We know that many car aficionados in the Middle East are deeply saddened by the demise of GM’s Hummer brand, but this particular Rolls-Royce, with its sporty pretensions and ostentatious demeanor, should mitigate the sense of loss. On the other hand, those of us with more delicate taste need to realize that things could be worse. Rolls admits that it has painted a Bespoke model “perfectly matched to a favorite eye shadow.” Thankfully, it seems no two Rolls-Royces are exactly alike.

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A good Halloween display usually has some of spooky zombie climbing out of a coffin coming back to life, but to be honest, if a car-loving zombie had been buried in a coffin from Cruisin Caskets, they might not be in too big of a rush to haunt the living. Now, we’ve seen cool car coffins before, but never to this level of detail.

With fiberglass bodies inspired by lead sleds from the ’50s, these coffins ask, ‘If you’re going to go, why not go in style?’ The base price for a coffin from Cruisin Caskets in $5,500, but like all cars, there are plenty of options to drive the price up. Add-ons include white-wall tires and chrome trim, but there’s also an option for the living to enjoy Cruisin Caskets’ products with a conversion to transform that casket into an ice-filled cooler – now wouldn’t that be the coolest and most expensive Halloween decoration ever!

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Factory Orders (In this July 27, 2011 photo, assembly worker Julaynne Trusel works on a Chevrolet Volt at the General Motors Ham

Due to the nature of mass production, a faulty part on a car can cause a recall numbering in the tens to hundreds of thousands of vehicles, even if not all of the cars in the recall are defective and need a fix. “Better safe than sorry” is the mantra. But over the past few years, automakers have learned how to perform recalls much more efficiently by employing technology that allows them to trace parts back to their sources, Automotive News reports. An extreme result of this is when General Motors used bar codes and radio frequency tags to trace defective Chevrolet Volt parts back to their source and limited a US recall to just four vehicles.

That recall was initiated after a European Volt owner brought the car in for a repair under warranty. A faulty brake valve was the problem, and instead of recalling all Volts that might be affected, GM searched its parts database and traced the faulty brake valves back to just four cars in the US.

Nissan has a similar track-and-trace system that is referred to within the company as “Bread Crumbs,” named in reference to the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel. Parts that are tagged and traced are assigned to specific engineers, who track warranty cost, customer complaints and any reported defects, Automotive News reports.

Other automakers are using the same or similar practices to limit recalls to the vehicles that actually are defective. Not only should these smaller, more specific recalls help make vehicles safer, but it should lessen the monetary impact recalls have on the auto industry – which spends $45 billion to $50 billion on them per year.

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