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H

ere in the UAE, cars are a

way of life — especially fast,

luxurious, and lovely-to-

look-at ones. So it’s no

surprise that the market for

bespoke, blinged-out rides is thriving

here in the land of multimillion-dirham

license plates. Take for example, Abu

Dhabi Motors, the most successful Rolls-

Royce dealership in the world thanks to

its commitment to pleasing the customer

with a panoply of custom colours,

surfaces and, more importantly, the

option to add pearls and diamonds to

your dream car.

But Rolls-Royce isn’t the only house

busying itself with adding finery to

its basic models. German tuning and

customisation outfit Mansory has been

devoting itself to improving upon mass

produced luxury cars since 1989. Their

latest, most regionally appropriate

offering is the Palm 999 Edition Rolls-

Royce Wraith, an ultimate take on the

Wraith that boasts pure gold badges,

gold-plated twenty-one inch wheels and,

well, gold plating on any metallic surface

the customer fancies. The coupé runs on

a carbon fibre body kit, which helps keep

the already significant weight of the car

down. Naturally this is a Rolls-Royce, and

Mansory says the interior of the car is

equally splendid as its glimmering facade.

But there’s more substance here than

just looks — Mansory increases power

in the Wraith’s 6.6-litre V12 from 623bhp

to 730bhp, supporting a slightly-slower-

than-stock 0-100kph in 4.4 seconds. Pretty

good for a luxury cruiser wearing several

kilos of gold jewellery. The Wraith’s

limiter is disabled, so it will at least let

you attempt to go 299kph, which seems

unlikely. But so what? You don’t set land-

speed records in a Rolls; you cruise the

town, soaking up the finer things in life.

BESPOKEMCLAREN

Speaking of rather fine things,

the McLaren P1 already traffics in

superlatives — it is, for starters, a hybrid

hypercar, and therefore better than super.

Mansory

increases power

in the Wraith’s

6.6-litre V12

engine from

623bhp to

730bhp,

supporting a

slightly-slower-

than-stock

0-100kph time

of 4.4 seconds

Precious metals, gems, and the high-performance cars that wear them

Is bling the thing?

BY LIAM NELSON

THIS IS A ROLLS-ROYCE,

ANDMANSORY SAYS THE

INTERIOR OF THE CAR IS

EQUALLY SPLENDID AS ITS

GLIMMERING FACADE.

Rolls-Royce Wraith Palm Edition 999

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GLITTERS & SPARKLES

LUXURY RIDES