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Rolls-Royce Sweptail: The Most Expensive Car Ever Commissioned

The unique $13 million Rolls-Royce Sweptail.

The unique, $13 million Rolls-Royce Sweptail.

The Rolls-Royce Sweptail was just unveiled on Saturday. The car is a one-off custom build with a $13 million price tag.

According to Business Insider, the Rolls-Royce Sweptail is probably the most expensive car ever commissioned. However, the source reminded that the Ferrari 250 GTO remains as the most expensive car of all time with a value of $38 million.

The report said the Rolls-Royce Sweptail took four years to make. “Sweptail is the automotive equivalent of haute couture,” stated the director of design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Giles Taylor. “It is a Rolls-Royce designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer,” he added.

According to Rolls-Royce, a customer approached them in 2013. The person asked them to make a unique car inspired by the luxury yachts of the 1920s and 1930s. The final product was the Sweptail.

The Sweptail is a fastback characterized by its long, swooping shape. The car is finished in a classic navy blue paint. Then it is covered by a single-piece glass roof running down to the rear end. Next, the hood and front grille of the auto follows the boxy face of pre-war cars.

Inside, it is noticeable that the car sports a right-hand drive configuration. A combination of high-end wood and leather wrap its interior surfaces. Among the noteworthy elements found in its cabin are a champagne cooler, slots for two custom attache cases and hat shelf at the rear. Overall, the vehicle has a minimalist but very opulent design.

There’s not much information available about the technology, platform and engine of the Sweptail. The article assessed though that it is likely based on the current Phantom platform of Rolls-Royce. The car is possibly carrying a 6.75-liter V12 engine under its massive bonnet.

Photos

Check out some of the pictures of the Rolls-Royce Sweptail below:

7 Things About the AC Schnitzer BMW i8

bmw i8

AC Schnitzer just introduced its customization kit for the BMW i8. The package offers new exterior and interior kit for the hybrid car. The additions make the auto more aggressive-looking.

Check out the key features of the new AC Schnitzer package for the BMW i8 here:

1. Exterior

AC Schnitzer only released information about its body kit for the BMW i8. The exterior of the car is enhanced by new bumpers plus set of 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels wrapped in 245/35 R21 and 285/30 R21 tires, respectively.

In addition, the specialist offers new wings on the bumper, side skirts, door handles, mirror caps, fixed rear wing on the boot lid and rear diffuser. The parts mentioned all make use of light carbon fiber materials.

2. Interior

AC Schitzer is yet to reveal photos of the car’s interior. However, the specialist confirmed that it will have aluminum pedals and foot rest plus velour floor mats.

3. Power Unit

No changes were made in the hybrid power unit of the BMW i8. Therefore, the car’s combination of AC Electric Motor, 7.1 kWh high voltage lithium-ion battery and BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder engine retains its 357 hp 420 lb-ft of torque output. It’s acceleration from zero to 60 mph can be achieved in just 4.2 seconds.

4. Pricing

No pricing details were released yet by AC Schnitzer of its body and interior kit for the BMW i8. It should be noted though that the starting price of the car is at $140,700. So be prepared to dish out more than the said amount if you go for the cosmetic upgrades.

5. Debut

The custom BMW i8 of AC Schnitzer will be showcased at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next week.

6. Photos

Check out the photos of the AC Schnitzer BMW i8 which were provided via Motor1.com in the gallery below:

7. Video

Here is a clip showing a quick preview of the vehicle’s exterior:

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