Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila has just revealed that one of the 35 limited-edition Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Collection units is now available at its Bonifacio Global City showroom.
Just eight months after the car made its global debut at the 2013 Auto China in April and just two months after its Southeast Asian debut in Bangkok in October, the Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Collection edition has finally reached our shores.
Designed and built as a tribute to the Alpine Trial cars that supposedly established Rolls-Royce as "the best car in the world" in 1913, the Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary marks the first time a bespoke model drew its inspiration from a heritage model.
The exterior paint hue, for example, was inspired by the Silver Ghost of one of the Trial's original participants, James Radley, starting with the distinctive black grille and wheels.
The cabin also plays host to numerous bespoke details that "tell the story of the Alpine Trial," like the clock that displays the stages of the rally and timings, and inlays to the rear picnic tables and front fascia that "express the topography and distances of the Alpine route."
A hand-painted coachline references the four Rolls-Royces that took part in the rally, while the starlight headlining, which is color-matched to the hood of Radley's car and is a feature that's being introduced outside of the flagship Phantom for the first time, completes the homage.
Propelling the Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary is a V12 engine that, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, produces 624hp and 800Nm and lets the car sprint from zero to 100kph in 4.4 seconds.
"The 1913 Alpine Trial was an extraordinary moment in the rich history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars," said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos. "The standards of engineering and pioneer spirit required to achieve such feats stand as inspiration to everyone associated with the marque. The bespoke Alpine Trial Centenary Collection is a fitting tribute to these achievements."
And you thought the Philippines was a Third World country?
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