LUX­URY RENEWED

Bold de­ci­sions de­fine this looker from Bri­tish mar­que Rolls-Royce.

The Peak (Singapore) - - Contents -

Am­bi­tions pave the road for these car­mak­ers.

Rolls-Royce’s an­tic­i­pated up­date to the ven­er­a­ble Phan­tom se­ries will in­volve some state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy mak­ing it aboard the 2018 edi­tion. Think satel­liteaided trans­mis­sion, over­due dig­i­tal in­stru­men­ta­tion, and the next it­er­a­tion of air sus­pen­sion mech­a­nisms that tick mil­lions of times each sec­ond just so you can re­cline in the plush rear seats, bliss­fully ig­no­rant of the mi­nus­cule bumps present even on well-paved roads. To fa­cil­i­tate this, the most pow­er­ful head­lights in the con­sumer mar­ket have been paired with a road-scan­ning cam­era so the car can brace it­self for any un­du­la­tion.

But what afi­ciona­dos will no­tice most is the dras­tic, sweep­ing changes to the dash­board and in­stru­ment panel. In their place is now a slab of tough­ened glass which houses a mas­sive 31.4cm high-res­o­lu­tion dis­play. The strip on the pas­sen­ger side is re­served for show­cas­ing art – a cu­ri­ous choice ex­plained by di­rec­tor of de­sign Giles Tay­lor.

“In the 18th cen­tury, minia­tures were highly fash­ion­able and valu­able items of art that al­lowed their own­ers to carry im­ages of their loved one with them wher­ever they trav­elled. Now, our clients will be able to do the same.” One owner put a 3D-printed, gold-plated map of his DNA on dis­play. That’s one way to make sure a lux­u­ri­ous co­coon is all about you. 29 Leng Kee Road. Tel: 6475-3113.

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