What it is not, is a concept for next year’s new model. Vision Next 100 is rather a “pure vision” vehicle, Rolls-Royce’s first, that forms part of a series of concepts from BMW group marques to celebrate the parent’s centenary, which climaxes in the UK at Goodwood next weekend at the Festival of Speed.
As big as a Phantom, 103EX looks forward to a luxury car of the next 100 years that drives itself, has a zero emissions powertrain and uses advanced materials, as well as more traditional materials such as the silk with which the “sofa” is trimmed and the Macassar wood panelling. 103EX also reaches back to the glory days of coachbuilding by offering buyers undreamed-of opportunities to bespoke their cars – right down to choosing their own body design. In Rolls-Royce’s future world, every new model will be a “bespoke masterpiece”.
Because it drives itself the dashboard and steering wheel are superfluous and the “sanctuary” inside is, in R-R’s words, “effortlessly elegant”, as well as massively spacious without someone behind the wheel. So who does the driving? Goodbye to the chap in a peaked cap, hello Eleanor.