Rolls-Royce launches Supermarine Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection

Article by Anita Panait, on August 19, 2012

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced its new Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection, inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the iconic Schneider Trophy-winning Supermarine S6B powered by a Rolls-Royce R Type engine. According to Rolls-Royce, the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection celebrates the “spirit of human endeavour that drove a very British hero” and eventually allowed Rolls-Royce to post simultaneous world speed records on land, air and in the water.

Rolls-Royce has recently unveiled the first of 35 Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection models at the Pebble Beach Quail in the United States. The Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection sports an Aviator Grey finish and features a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround.

Its interior features an interplay of wood and metal, giving it a strong cockpit theme. The metal foil upper fascia sports a Thommen, aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips, complemented by matt black dials for power reserve, speedometer and fuel gauges.

The lower fascia is covered in mahogany and is shaped and fashioned like the early record-setting propellers. The lower fascia also features Sapele contrast. The interior also features stainless steel veneer ‘onlays’ with bullet-shaped ends that match floor mat fixings.

Between 1931 and 1933, the Schneider Trophy was held in the South of England, and soared over the Solent and the Witterings in West Sussex, which is just around 10 miles away from the current Rolls-Royce headquarters in Goodwood, England.

Collection cars celebrate the Supermarine S6B with transmission tunnel in anodised aluminium with exposed torx fixings and swage lines, which mirror the oil cooling veins on the S6B fuselage side.

These highlights are also featured on the car armrests. The Aviator Collection cars are fitted with leather floor mats and are designed to include the Rolls-Royce of cup holders.  The Aviator Collection cars are designed to deliver functionality, coupled with a special combination of theatre and jewellery.

Similar to how inspirational music makes people happy, this is what the new Rolls-Royce Phantom continues to exude. The all too familiar design cues in the previous generation can be seen here and made possible by the craftspeople and their attention to even the tiniest of details working at the Goodwood facility. In the analogy given, this is like an orchestra playing those very familiar melodies.

The familiar design cues start with the Spirit of Ecstasy which can be seen on the Pantheon grille and the way it leans and flutters in the wind. The side profile meanwhile pays homage to what was present in the Phantom range with the long overhang in the rear. It even has the classic wheel to body height ratio of 2:1. On the inside, the steering wheel with its thin rims brings to mind the multifunction helms that was present in the Phantom II and even the Phantom III.

Other cues include the organ-stop plungers and the air vents shaped like a bulls-eye. However, many of the design cues from 21st Century models can be seen as well which is sure to delight not only owners but even those who merely want to get a quick look at a Rolls-Royce.

A good example of this is the double-R interlocked Rolls-Royce monogram placed on the hubcaps. As an added note, the monogram continues to be upright even as the wheels turn. In addition to offering a soft close function, the coach doors also contain umbrellas which have been coated with Teflon.

This ensures excellent egress no matter what the weather is. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Director of Design Ian Cameron said that when looking at how the Phantom is design, one can compare it to classical music. Despite the years passing and the number of different interpretations that come out, he believes that the basics that everyone has grown to love is still there.

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