They make some of the most opulent cars in the world, famed for their design and craftsmanship. They're loved by the richest and most influential people and so expensive that most enthusiasts could only ever dream of owning one. Rolls Royces have long been held as the pinnacle of luxury motoring, the best of the best for the discerning clientele who can afford them. Their interiors are unlike any other automobile on the market, with unparalleled attention to detail and a selection of only the finest leathers and woods adorning the cabin.
But, the thing that really sets the company apart from its competitors is their extra features that can be optioned onto their cars. It's these extras that help Rolls Royce keep its crown as the best bespoke manufacturer. Some features solve problems that most people wouldn't even have thought of, and some are just for show. Let's take a dive into the world of the ultra-rich and explore ten of the best Rolls features that set them apart from the rest of the auto market.
10 Starlight Headliner
Many people like to romanticize the idea of staring up at a starry sky at night, but the reality is often a little less picturesque. Many urban areas have too much light pollution to clearly see the stars, and if it's cloudy, there's no hope of seeing anything. However, Rolls Royce owners don't have to worry about such inconveniences.
The optional Starlight Headliner is supposed to give the impression of a starry sky at night, except built right into the roof of the car. It's made up of hundreds of tiny lights that twinkle just like a real sky would, except millionaire owners don't even have to leave the comfort of their car.
9 Champagne Chest
One of the most famous Rolls Royce features is the built-in champagne cooler, but the newly added Champagne Chest is a bigger, better version. The chest is detachable from the rest of the car and not only cools the champagne but also transforms itself into a serving tray.
That means owners can enjoy some canapes with their champagne without having to go to the trouble of finding something to eat it off. It's an incredibly over-the-top solution to a problem that barely anyone ever has, but that's exactly what makes Rolls Royce stand out.
8 Technical Weave
The name Technical Weave sounds a bit dull and boring, but actually, this bespoke material is one of the coolest features to come from the company in years. It's a mix of carbon fiber and colored aluminum thread, which is then inspected by hand to ensure there are no microscopic flaws.
It allows an unprecedented level of color to shine through the carbon fiber sections of the car, and it's often used in tandem with interior mood lighting to give an almost otherworldly glow. It's not been used in many models, as it was reportedly a special creation for a few Middle Eastern customers. That means most car fans will likely never even be able to see this material in person, never mind ever buy any.
7 Phantom Gallery
If it's not lavish enough to just order a bespoke Rolls Royce, then the company has another feature for buyers to really show off their tastes. The Phantom Gallery is only offered in the largest of Rolls' sedans, the Phantom, and it runs right across the front of the car.
It's a customizable space that allows owners to commission and display art specifically for their car, meaning every Phantom Gallery is unique. Artwork can be inserted into the Gallery and then covered with protective glass, so every owner can be constantly reminded just how much taste (and money) they have.
6 Picnic Hamper
One of the most weirdly brilliant optional extras that Rolls Royce makes is the Picnic Hamper, which does exactly as its name suggests. It's essentially just a big box with some fancy cutlery and glasses in it, but Rolls say it's designed to celebrate the "golden age of picnicking", whatever that is.
It's laughably silly to think that the average Rolls owner is going to be stopping at the side of the road for a picnic, but someone must have wanted one for it to have been created at all. In true Rolls style, the hamper reportedly takes over 500 hours to make and is completely handmade by a team of craftsmen.
5 Matching Luggage
Okay, so this feature is probably one of the most practical on this list, even if it is still completely over the top. Buyers of a new car from the brand can option in a matching set of luggage that's specifically designed to fit neatly in the trunk.
It solves the problem of having to try and cram in misfitting luggage on a vacation, as every bag is guaranteed to fit exactly inside the car. It's not an idea unique to Rolls, as Dutch manufacturer Spyker made a Louis Vuitton companion luggage set for their car way back in the mid-'00s. But, Roll Royce's offering is still undoubtedly the classiest option.
4 Phantom Suite
For millionaires wanting the ultimate in mobile privacy, the 'Phantom Suite' available on the extended wheelbase Phantom is about as good as it gets. It isolates the passenger away from everyone else, including the driver. One-way privacy glass means the passenger can see out in all directions, but no one can see in.
It's built to keep all light and sound at completely controlled levels, and it can be configured so it's almost silent inside the suite. It's a great option for making sure those private conversations stay private, or just having a nap while cruising to your destination.
3 Cocktail Hamper
When the mood is more parties than picnics, the Cocktail Hamper can be kept handy for on-the-move booze. There are straws, spoons, and mixers included in the hamper, although strangely there's no space for any actual alcohol.
Presumably, it's expected that a butler or waiter will come along and deliver the appropriate alcohol and mixer. Although, in that case, the butler could also have brought along a glass, saving the need for an ornate and cumbersome hamper. This feature surely has to go in the "cool but utterly pointless" section of Rolls' feature list.
2 Door Umbrella
Another of the brand's most famous features is the optional umbrella that's available in every car's door. It costs $700 extra, which is a ludicrous amount of money for a single umbrella. But then, that's spare change to a Rolls Royce buyer.
The umbrellas come in a range of colors and sport some monogrammed "RR" branding but other than that, they're pretty ordinary. The coolest part about them has to be the fact that they slot neatly back into the door of the car, taking up no extra space in the cabin.
1 Auto-Leveling Suspension
A key part of the Rolls Royce experience is the unbeatably smooth ride, and to achieve that the brand pulls some very clever tricks with its suspension. Sensors read the road ahead and automatically adjust for any bumps or potholes, so the passengers won't feel a thing.
Each wheel has its own completely independent suspension system, for maximum adjustability. It all helps to provide the smoothest ride of any car on the market and means owners can enjoy the rest of their Rolls Royce's features in total peace.