Who would’ve thought that such a luxurious Rolls-Royce model could look this good in shooting brake form and the people who adore this look can thank Niels van Roij Design for shaping this beauty. The inspiration for this styled image comes from the 1930s shooting brake era and then modernized to look good in today’s standards. The whole car was built entirely by hand and taking that to account, only 7 units exists and are sold directly by the company.
Before we discuss the exterior design, we can dive into the engine bay because it is rare to see coachbuilders fiddling with the engine but they have done so to the 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 and boosted the power from 632 hp (471 kW) to 700 hp (522 kW) with a max torque output of 900 Nm.
The normal Wraith is shaped like a coupe whereas this is more stretched out to look like an estate. There is no exception to say that it is a blend of a fastback and estate. The car is undeniably very long and that is an illusion set by the hand-made roof constructed with a one-piece carbon fibre composite and on the side, there is satin silver trim. The customer has a choice of painting the car in one colour or have it in a two-tone paint scheme like the way the Wraith has it.
The inside starlight roofline has been highlighted by Niels van Roij, “as a world first, the stars fade out towards the back, giving the impression of an endless starlit sky”, and that kind of statement shows that they are proud of this feature. It is basically a celestial scape of fibre-optics strands.
The luggage compartment is tip-top and covered in plush leather, the rear individual seats backrests have been separated for a relaxed seating environment and there are hand-applied pinstripes on both sides of the exterior. The car’s bliss character is nothing short of an improvement from the car it is based on and you can just appreciate that a Rolls-Royce with a hatchback-style boot exists which is a unique touch to rarity.
Source: Niels van Roij Design Silver Spectre Shooting Brake Press Release