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Rolls-Royce Unveils World's Most Expensive New Car

posted onAugust 19, 2017

This could be the most expensive car in the world.

Tipped to cost $17 to $20 million, the bespoke Rolls-Royce Sweptail coupe is a limited-edition one-of-one machine created to satisfy the vision of a particularly exacting customer.


Making its public debut at the Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este in Lake Como, the machine features hand-crafted bodywork inspired by racing yachts.

Dramatically sculpted lines see glossy blue panels and immaculate brightwork meet a full-length panoramic roof unlike any other car on sale.

Rolls-Royce says the project started four years ago, when one of its most valued customers requested a car like no other. The anonymous owner worked with Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor to create nautical-themed bodywork distinct from any production model.

"Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of Haute Couture," Taylor says.

"It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer. This customer came to the House of Rolls-Royce with an idea, shared in the creative process where we advised him on his cloth, and then we tailored that cloth to him. You might say we cut the cloth for the suit of clothes that he will be judged by."

The car features only two seats, and its interior was crafted with minimalism in mind: buttons and dials are tucked out of sight to keep the cabin uncluttered.

Hand-trimmed in moccasin and dark spice-coloured leather as well as polished ebony and open-pore paldao veneers, the interior also features a clock made from wood thin enough to be backlit.

Bespoke carbon fibre luggage includes a dedicated laptop holder, and the prod of a button reveals a chilled champagne bottle and special flutes.

The British marque has not revealed drivetrain details behind the model, though it's fair to say the brand's existing V8 and V12 motors would provide sufficient momentum for the Sweptail.