Rolls-Royce is synonymous with bespoke luxury, but the British automaker has taken customization to a whole new level with its coachbuild program. This exclusive service allows a select group of clients to collaborate with the Rolls-Royce design team and create their own unique and personalized vehicles. The latest masterpiece from this program is the Rolls-Royce La Rose Noire Droptail, a two-seat roadster that is inspired by a rare and exquisite type of rose.
The Droptail is the first of four coachbuilt commissions that Rolls-Royce will unveil in the coming months. Each Droptail will be unique and tailored to the preferences of its owner, who will have complete creative freedom and control over every aspect of the design and engineering process. The Droptail is based on a monocoque structure made of steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber and features a 6.7-liter V12 engine that produces 593 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque.
The first Droptail, named La Rose Noire, was revealed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, during Monterey Car Week. The car belongs to a couple who are passionate about roses, especially the Black Baccara variety, which has a deep red color with black undertones. The car’s exterior reflects this inspiration, with a custom paint job that took 150 iterations to perfect. The paint, called True Love, is a dark red hue that changes depending on the light and angle. The brightwork also has an exceptional dark finish that complements the paint.
The front grille of the La Rose Noire Droptail features angled uprights for the first time in Rolls-Royce history, creating a more dynamic look. The lower air intake has 202 individual rectangular projections that form a three-dimensional mesh. The headlights have a smoked effect, while the taillights have a red tint. The car also has a removable hardtop that can transform it from an open-top roadster to a coupe.