Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke Design Studio has introduced a new one-off special edition of the elegant Rolls-Royce Wraith, called the ‘History of Rugby’. The move was motivated by the desire to bring together two great British institutions – Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the game of rugby. The coupe’s launch coincides with the Rugby World Cup that is currently taking place in eleven cities across England.
To set this Wraith apart, the bespoke team gave it a white paintjob to evoke the team jerseys of both the English Rugby team today, and of the British Rugby School in Warwickshire – where William Webb Ellis laid down the foundations of the game in 1823. The exterior also features a subtle deep green stripe right below the belt line, Five-spoke 21-inch wheels and a decorative English rose on both fenders.
The interior has been adorned with piano black trim on the top of the dashboard and on the steering wheel, seats upholstered in an off-white leather called ‘Seashell’ and rose emblems embroidered into the door sills, shoulder line and seat headrests.
Rolls-Royce has not made any technical modifications to the History of Rugby, meaning that it shares the same stats as the standard model. The twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine is capable of 624 horsepower, which sends the 5200-pound Wraith from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.
The automaker really pulled out all the stops with this edition, and even partners with legendary rugby-ball manufacturer Gilbert to create a small run of balls out of the same leather that trims the interior, and embroidered by Rolls-Royce’s own craftsmen. Rolls-Royce are yet to announce the price of this beauty, but it is expected to be a similar price to that of previous editions such as the ‘Wraith – Inspired by Music’ at £235,000.
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