Rolls-Royce is celebrating the 100th birthday of its parent company BMW with a striking concept known as the Vision Next 100.
The Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 is said to provide a glimpse at the future of luxury motoring and was revealed at a BMW event at the Round House in Chelsea.
A future concept of such a prestigious brand deserves futuristic materials and the Vision Next 100’s lightweight carbon fibre body fits the bill perfectly, as do the giant 28-inch alloy wheels with chromed spokes that sit within special housing.
Powered by two 250kW electric motors, one at the front and one at the rear, the Vision Next 100 should be blissfully quiet and extremely rapid, given that a Tesla Model S P85D outputs 515kW, not to mention grippy as it has all-wheel drive.
To give some perspective of its size, it measures 5,900mm (2,500mm of which is the bonnet) in length so it is 184mm shorter than a Phantom Extended Wheelbase, but only has space for two passengers who sit on a sofa made from ‘opulent fabrics’.
We deliberately said two passengers because the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 is fully autonomous. There’s no driving seat, instead lucky occupants let the car do all the work while watching whatever they want on a big OLED screen.
Just getting in the car is special because the rear-hinged door automatically opens skywards, allowing passengers to stand up before getting out. Lights then project a red carpet effect on the ground for that celebrity touch. Luggage is stored in a compartment behind the front wheels.
Then there’s the virtual personal assistant, which is said to learn the needs and wants of passengers so it can better recommend restaurants, points of interest or suggest more interesting travel routes. Because rushing anywhere in a Rolls-Royce would be sacrilege.
No word on how much, if any, of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 concept will make it to a production car, but the average Roller of the future can only be eco-friendly given the push towards electric cars.