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April 15, 2024

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Rolls Royce unveils Droptail Arcadia, a new luxury car

By Arushi Sakhuja

Rolls-Royce, the epitome of luxury and craftsmanship, has once again stunned the automotive world with the unveiling of its latest marvel – the Droptail Arcadia. This magnificent creation celebrates the essence of luxury, blending timeless design with modern sophistication. The journey of bringing the Arcadia to life has been a testament to Rolls-Royce’s dedication to excellence. With over 8000 hours of development, including the meticulous work of 233 pieces of wood, the Arcadia is a labour of love and craftsmanship. Each hour sign, known as ‘chaplets,’ measures a mere 0.1mm thick, showcasing the precision and artistry that define every Rolls-Royce creation.

Droptail Arcadia
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Named after the mythical paradise of Arcadia, known as Heaven on Earth, Arcadia Droptail embodies a harmonious blend of timeless elegance and contemporary sophistication. Inspired by the architectural marvels and cultural richness of Southeast Asia, the Arcadia pays homage to its commissioner’s favourite regions, including Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant landscapes of Indonesia, the urban sophistication of Singapore, and the timeless charm of Vietnam, this bespoke creation seamlessly integrates elements from diverse cultures into its design ethos.

Droptail Arcadia
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Every aspect of the Arcadia, from its exterior to its interior, reflects the client’s personal style and sensibilities. It is a testament to Rolls-Royce’s unparalleled craftsmanship and the unique bond between client and designer. One of the defining features of the Arcadia is its daring approach to minimalism and subtlety. Rolls-Royce Coachbuild designers have meticulously crafted a natural duotone colour scheme, with a solid white main body accented by aluminium and glass particles. The result is a faceted metallic finish that radiates brilliance and allure, capturing the essence of modern luxury.

Interiors
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Step inside the Arcadia’s cabin, and you’re greeted by an interior that exudes opulence and sophistication at every turn.  Every detail inside the Arcadia speaks to Rolls-Royce’s relentless pursuit of perfection. From the aerodynamically designed aft deck portion to the intricately crafted dashboard, no element has been overlooked. The Santos Straight Grain wood finish, renowned for its distinctive interlocking grain pattern, envelops the cabin in warmth and sophistication. Overcoming the challenges of working with high-density hardwood in tropical conditions, Rolls-Royce engineers have developed a bespoke lacquer to ensure the wood’s durability and longevity. What’s more? The centrepiece of the dashboard is Rolls-Royce’s signature clock, featuring a complex geometric guilloché pattern with 119 facets – a testament to the company’s rich heritage and uncompromising attention to detail. Being the most complex in Rolls-Royce history it took five months to assemble and was preceded by over two years of development, this precision instrument showcases the marque’s commitment to excellence.

Clock
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Under the hood, the Arcadia Droptail is powered by a formidable twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 engine, delivering an exhilarating 601PS and 840Nm of torque. Paired with an 8-speed automated transmission, this powerhouse propels the Arcadia from 0 to 100 kmph in a breathtaking five seconds, offering a driving experience that is as exhilarating as it is refined.

Droptail Arcadia
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With only four of these bespoke creations set to be produced, the Arcadia Droptail stands as a symbol of exclusivity and refinement, destined to become a timeless classic cherished by collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Arushi Sakhuja

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