Rolls-Royce’s Black Badge Adamas Collection is a call-out to carbon

The limited-edition Wraiths and Dawns are dressed in carbon fiber and diamonds.

By Peter Bleakney 03/05/2018

Over her almost 110 years of adorning Rolls-Royce's stately grill, the Spirit of Ecstasy has been made of many things, including stainless steel, frosted crystal, silver, 24-carat gold — it's even been studded with diamonds. Up until now, however, it's never comprised carbon fiber. But coming soon is a limited run of the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith (40 examples) and Black Badge Dawn (30 examples), named the Adamas Collection, that presents the hood ornament machined from 294 layers of aerospace-grade carbon fiber—a process that takes 68 hours. Rolls-Royce tells us the Greek word Adamas means "invincible" or "untamable," and is actually the root of the word "diamond". Keeping in theme, the Adamas Collection gets a dashboard clock fit with 88 laboratory-grown black diamonds forming the infinity symbol. Overhead, the 1,340 fiber-optic points of the Starlight Headliner are reconfigured to mimic the molecular structure of carbon, and feature graded shading. The motivation behind the Adamas Collection is to carry the all-ready bad-boy Black Badge cars even further to the dark side. The Rolls-Royce Wraith and Dawn models comprise the limited-edition Adamas Collection. Photo: Courtesy Rolls-Royce. Having recently worried the Power Reserve gauge of a Black Badge Wraith along California’s Pacific Coast Highway, this writer can attest to the fortitude of this 12-cylinder, two-door missile. Once that 6.6-liter biturbo V-12 gets its head of steam, the resulting 624 horses and 642 ft lbs of torque make for a remarkable turn of speed. The Black Badge also gets revised air suspension, bigger front brakes, and more aggressive transmission mapping. Still, this is a Rolls-Royce, so supreme luxury, ride compliance, and cabin serenity rule. The dashboard clock contains black diamonds that form the infinity symbol. Photo: Courtesy Rolls-Royce. The Adamas Collection cars will be available in a pair of two-tone hues— Aphrodite Red over black or Morpheus Blue over black. The colors are a riff on the original Black Badge interiors that were trimmed in either cobalt blue or mandarin orange. A dark, brush metal finish sweeps through the cabin, and black grill vanes add to the sinister aesthetic. And pricing? Well, that may prove a bit untamable too, but you'll have to ask.
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