Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has debuted the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, a bespoke Rolls-Royce that “challenges the notion of what a motor car is and creates a new definition of what a motor car means”. Said Alex Innes, head of Rolls-Royce coachbuild design, “[the] Boat Tail exists far beyond a mere means of transport. It is not just the method to reach a destination, but the destination itself”.

Rolls Royce Boat Tail
The rear end features five ECUs for the climate control to preserve any cuisine stowed in the “hosting suite”.

The front end of this “nearly” 5,8-metre Rolls-Royce features a unique version of the British luxury brand’s pantheon grille and headlamps. The sharpened rear end, meanwhile, is emphasised by deep-set taillamps which, Rolls-Royce says, are distinct from the traditional Rolls-Royce lamp iconography.

Rolls Royce Boat Tail
Bespoke fridge houses the clients’ favourite vintages.

According to the British luxury car manufacturer, the commission brief for the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail was a car that “should mark a sense of occasion and serve that occasion like nothing else”. As its name suggests, the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail features myriad nautical references. These nautical references include, among others, a wrap-around windscreen and “gentle rearward lean” of the A-pillars. The rear deck, Rolls-Royce says, is a modern interpretation of the wooden items found on historical Boat Tails. The aft deck is constructed from open-pore wood, finished in Caleidolegno veneer, and features brushed stainless steel pinstripe inlays as a nod to wooden construction of old and contemporary yachts.

Rolls Royce Boat Tail
The Boat Tail measures “nearly” 5,8 metres bow to stern and features myriad nautical references.
Rolls Royce Boat Tail
Aft deck constructed of open-pore wood. The stainless steel inlays, Rolls says, are a nod to old and new yachts.

The rear deck houses what Rolls-Royce says is “a highly ambitious concept never seen before in the automotive world”. At the press of a button, the deck opens to reveal what Rolls-Royce has dubbed a “hosting suite” which, the luxury carmaker says, “creates a celebratory focal point for a shared occasion”. The “hosting suite” features a double refrigerator, developed to house the clients’ favourite bottles of champagne, plus cradles in which to stow the bottles. Adding to the occasion, cocktail tables are including in the suite, with minimalist stools discreetly stowed below.

Rolls Royce Boat Tail
The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail is said to cost around £20 million (R392 845 800).