If the Batmobile and your Great-Uncle Reginald’s car mated, their bundle of joy would probably be the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100. Luckily it’s endowed with the best qualities of each, creating a luxury car that’s the epitome of class and comfort.
The futuristic car “anticipates the mobility demands of the luxury customer of the future,” says the design team. Fair enough, but Giles Taylor, Director of Design, takes that a bit further:
“The Rolls-Royce patron will continue to be a famous figure in the future,” he explains. “I envision that the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 will play a key role in these people’s lives, guiding and conveying them effortlessly through their life’s journey in an exquisite sanctuary where they can reflect in peace ahead of arriving in the grandest style.”
Sounds just a tad different from our good ole Honda Civic, which I doubt anyone has ever called a sanctuary, exquisite or not.
The concept car, unveiled last week, embraces modern technology enthusiastically. After all, why design a concept car if you’re not going to indulge your imagination and delve into fantasy? The Vision Next 100 drives you itself, allowing you to relax, sprawled on the spacious couch (no driver = more room for lounging), which “gives the impression of floating within the cocoon of the cabin thanks to the artful use of lighting and modern materials,” according to the company. There’s even a custom wool carpet, woven in London.
The car is also your personal assistant, keeping track of your appointment book, the latest polo scores, and the ups and downs of the global stock markets. Think Siri on steroids.
At the front of the “cabin” is a transparent OLED screen (above) that displays information about the drive, your destination, the people you’re on your way to meet, and more. And of course you can choose to watch a movie while you’re driven if you prefer.
The vehicle clocks in at just over 19 feet in length (luckily you won’t have to park it–not fun on a crowded city street) and it’s 5 1/2 feet high, covered with a dark glass canopy.
One feature that particularly struck us: the cool half-hidden wheels. They are 28 inches tall and narrow, “each hand-built from 65 individual pieces of aluminium, and enclosed to deliver the impression of a futuristic catamaran,” the company says.
A futuristic, powerful, zero-emission drivetrain and advanced suspension make for a comfortable ride, the company says. No word on how the car would actually be powered, though. With technology changing as fast as it is, no doubt there’ll be more environmentally friendly options available down the road.
Since the car is driverless, you would have to accept some responsibility for your own care. (We know, that’s a bummer.) The Vision 100 helps, though, opening the front luggage compartment when you arrive (above), revealing your matching custom cases–and there are also umbrellas (below), cleverly stowed until a storm hits.
The car opens up a step to help you disembark, and then shines a red (carpet) light to show your path.
Sometimes the future seems just out of grasp. But hey, it doesn’t hurt to dream.