Its 20 ft long and it is self-driving, I am talking about the
Rolls-Royce 103EX Concept. The concept presents Rolls-Royce’s
vision of how the future of luxury automobile industry will
look like around 25 years from now. The model was developed to
commemorate the parent company’s (BMW) 100 years presence in
the automobile industry. It follows the BMW Vision Next 100
Concept which was unveiled earlier in the year.
Like many new concepts, the Rolls-Royce will be powered by an
electric drive-train as the future of conventional engines
continues to look uncertain. However, the concept caught many
by surprise when the automaker revealed that the car was fully
autonomous for a brand synonymous with chauffeur-driven
cars. Read along to get a peek into the future as
Rolls-Royce sees it:
Rolls-Royce 103EX Concept Exterior
I have never seen something like this from Rolls-Royce; in
fact, I never thought the automaker could produce something
like this. Though the model looks very futuristic, it is easily
recognizable as a Rolls-Royce. This is courtesy of its gigantic
Pantheon grille, long hood and the signature Spirit of Ecstasy
emblem. It’s rather amazing that the automaker overlooked the
current model’s design language and went further back to the
1920s to draw some inspiration for the model.
The model is however dominated by futuristic designs such as
the unconventional front fenders which appear to ‘swallow’ the
model’s 28-inch wheels. This design was drawn from models of
the 1920s and then tuned to look futuristic. It makes the model
look as if it is floating.
The grille and headlights sit high to give the model a
commanding stance. The headlights are nearly flat and
horizontal while the grille looks vertical. Except for the
futuristic fenders, the rest of the features look more
conventional as they are adopted from early models.
At the rear, the model sits higher above the ground. The lower
section is similar to what race car diffusers look like. The
rear is also characterized by a fastback roof which is made
with dark glass. The roof is designed as an aircraft canopy
which is hinged to the left. The roof usually opens such that
passengers can stand inside the vehicle’s cabin. To complete
the look is a bespoke Crystal Water paint finish.
Rolls-Royce 103EX Concept Interior
Unlike vehicles of today, the Roll-Royce 103EX Concept comes
with a single reverse-hinge door on the left. To get inside,
both the door and the canopy opens and a step emerges from the
running board. The step is illuminated by a red, carpet-like
lighting. This gives passengers a grand exit. It features a
simple cabin which looks like a lounge but with a single couch.
The cabin also features Macassar wool on the side panels. A
huge OLED screen is mounted on the place where the dash and
steering wheel are located in a conventional car. The
screen is used as the infotainment system to manage information
on your destination as well as your schedule. The cabin is
fully autonomous and there is no need for a chauffeur any more.
You would think that the couch is wrapped in premium leather;
well, the automaker thinks leather will be an understatement in
future. Instead, the seat is wrapped in ivory-colored silk
which the automaker also used on the 2015 Phantom Serenity.
There is also a seep-pile ivory wool carpet.
Fine leather is a however used on the sides of the huge screen.
The model has an extra luggage compartment under the hood where
a V-12 mill would sit in a conventional vehicle. This
compartment slides open on the left side via the touch of a
Engine and performance
Being a futuristic concept one that predicts the not so near
future, the vehicle doesn’t have a drive-train to go with it.
However, Rolls-Royce said that they believe that V-12
conventional engines will not exist in future.
The automaker believes that eclectic drive-trains will be
central to achieving zero emissions in future automobiles. As
such, the automaker plans to use electric drive-trains on its
future models probably sourced from the parent company,
BMW. Electric drive-trains of the future will be capable
of matching if not exceed the current output by the V-12
Where can I see the model?
The model along with other BMW Vision Next 100 models, i.e.
BMW Vision Next 100 Concept and the Mini Vision Next
100 will be showcased at Santa Monica, California in October 11
through to October 16th . During this event, the
automaker will debut the final Vision next 100 from their
motorcycle division, the Motorrad.
Personally, I don’t think this is a befitting concept for a
brand that is supposed to be elegant in appearance and still
maintain a commanding aura. Furthermore, I don’t think most of
it features will even be used in future . Good thing, the model
is not planned for production.