Rolls-Royce wanted to properly celebrate the centenary of its parent company BMW by presenting its vision on the future of ultimate extravagance.
Still the leader of the premium segment, the BMW Group is in a festive mood this year, as 2016 marks a century of its existence. To properly celebrate the milestone, the German automaker promised to reveal four new concepts from all its core brands. Following the display of the first one, the Vision Next 100 concept, it is now time for the British ultra-luxury marque Rolls-Royce to show its aspirations. Codenamed 103EX, Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 project sits on the chassis of the future, hand-built from the lightweight composite materials and powered by a zero emissions powertrain.
As it is designed to emphasize the next advances in the automotive industry, the concept is a fully autonomous one, with no steering wheel or pedals, but just a sofa covered in silk. At the passengers’ feet lays a deep-pile ivory wool carpet woven especially in London. True to the brand’s spirit, the cabin is encircled by the most modern handcrafted fine-line Macassar wood paneling, sweeping across the interior from the coach door, continuing around behind a generous OLED screen and up beside the second passenger to the side of the sofa.
At 5.9 meters long and 1.6 meters high, the coupé styled concept mirrors the dimensions of today’s Phantom Extended Wheelbase, while the Spirit of Ecstasy is made from hand-cut lead crystal and illuminated from inside. Regarding the powertrain, “as a V12 combustion engine is most unlikely to exist in the future, one can only surmise how this Rolls-Royce will be powered,” the company said.