Rolls-Royce created a musically inspired version of Wraith appropriately called "Inspired by Music" to celebrate its cars' "long-standing love affair" with the stars of rock 'n' roll.
A 27-year-old living legend Elvis Presley bought a Rolls-Royce Phantom V in 1961 – the only car at the time fit for the 'King of Rock & Roll'. Rolls-Royce motor car instantly became the conveyance of choice for the stars of the music world elite.
In 1965 John Lennon acquired a Phantom V and commissioned a number of cutting-edge additions for the time including a television, a portable refrigerator, record player and the first blacked-out windows to appear on a car in England. It was also reported that he, indulging in interior comfort, had the rear bench-seat converted into a double bed. The most interesting perhaps was the psychedelic repaint of the exterior, which prompted admiration from fans, but also many people frowning upon Beatles' frontman's behaviour.
The Who drummer Keith Moon allegedly drove his Rolls-Royce into the Michigan-based Holiday Inn hotel's swimming pool on the night of his 21st birthday, but the stories surrounding the circumstances of the event vary.
Since the launch of Wraith in 2013, customers have been able to commission their Rolls-Royce Wraith with Bespoke Audio, but now, with Wraith 'Inspired by Music', these characteristics, and the precious materials used before are brought to an even higer level of luxury and glam. According to the manufacturer, the extraordinary clarity of sound and dynamic range is delivered via a 1300W with an 18-channel system featuring two highly powerful bass speakers, seven tweeters and seven mid range speakers. Two 'exciter' speakers hand-fitted in the car's headlining play a vital role in bringing the sound to the listener at ear-level; ensuring the output perfectly imitates a live music experience. Microphones constantly monitor ambient and exterior noises and will adjust volume and tone settings automatically.
The otherwise functionally standard 6.6-litre V12 Wraith now gives a really inspired look with a copper-colour theme pervading throughout the exterior and interior of the car. The manufacturer claims that the copper included represents the material's use in the best audio systems in the world. The interior is said to have gone through a two-year development process with Rolls-Royce engineers working closely with out-of house audio engineers "to ensure the system was perfectly tuned to the interior of the cabin."
The 'Inspired by Music' car is the third in a trilogy of culture-themed Wraiths, following the silver-toned 'Inspired by Film' edition, which appeared in April and the snow-white 'Inspired by Fashion' edition from May.