Rolls-Royce reveals Vision Next 100 concept car
103EX model goes on show at BMW anniversary – and it is absolutely brilliant
Rolls-Royce has revealed its first ever concept car ‘Vision Next 100,’ codenamed 103EX, at the anniversary of the Luxury English brand’s parent company BMW in London’s Roundhouse. The coupe-styled car is powered by zero-emission electric drivetrain and advanced suspension that ‘sees the vehicle almost skim across the road surface,’ according to Rolls-Royce. The 103EX is also fully independent and does not feature a driver’s seat or steering wheel. In fact, it only feature the brand’s signature clock situated underneath a panorama window. Instead, the car is controlled by a virtual personal assistant, the ‘Voice of Eleanor,’ which appears on a full-width transparent OLED display. The assistant will be programmed to learn the preferences of the car’s owner such as favourite routes, restaurants or art. The assistant is named after English actress and model Eleanor Thorton, who is also the inspiration behind the brand’s famed ‘Spirit of Ecstasy.’ Entrance to the 5.9-metre car is through its roof and coach doors, which opens simultaneously and allow the passengers to stand up and step in or out of it. Another impressive feature of the concept vehicle is that its luggage is located in the front side. More impressive however is its interior, which features Macassar wood and silk upholstery. Rolls-Royce’s signature Spirit of Ecstasy is made out of hand-cut lead crystal and, of course, is illuminated. The Vision Next 100 was announced in March.