The very first of the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom has just rolled off the production line. And guess what? It will be put on auction at the 2018 Naples Winter Wine Festival. The example looks quite similar to the Phantom that we saw at the HR Owen showroom in London in terms of the colour scheme, but it looks much cooler.
The wine event will take place next month from January 26 to 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida. And all proceeds that will be earned from the festival will go to the Naples Children & Education Foundation.
The first example of the Phantom sits on a standard wheelbase, it is painted in a Belladonna Purple hue that contrasts with the Arctic White and Tailored Purple Bespoke interior. The model that will go on sale is what is referred to as the Phantom Ultimate Power Lot. To add to that, it gets the opportunity to be part of the 2019 ROBB Report Car of the Year. It will be sold together with the collection of wines from Alpha Omega, a winery in Napa valley. The organisers behind this event describes it as the ultimate experience for the luxury motoring and wine lover.
Pedro Mota, President of Rolls Royce Motor Cars in North America, said that they are honoured to leverage their position as a leading luxury brand in the world, supporting the children who benefit from the proceeds of this event.
The newest Phantom was hand-built exclusively at the British marque’s home in Goodwood, UK. Under its hood is the latest generation 6.75 liter V12 engine that is celebrated by the Alpha Omega. There is a special six liter bottle of its flagship wine that will of course come with an etching of the Rolls Royce badge. Apart from all the mechanical bits, it is part of a package that includes the Phantom Ultimate Power Lot, together with a 12-month two bottle Alpha Omega Wine Club membership and a private vineyard tour inclusive of lunch and probably some wine.
After the very first model has been auctioned off, the eighth generation Phantom, which is widely regarded as the “best car in the world”, will be put on sale sometime next year. So you may not see one on the streets very soon. If you were not able to see it when it made its debut in Monterey this summer, you still have the chance to check it out in Florida by the end of January.
For quite some time now, Rolls Royce has been mentioning an electric version of the Phantom. But after the newest model has rolled off the production line, we know that this is not going to be the electrified model. But who knows, maybe within a few months, we will get a hybrid version of the eighth generation Phantom.