There might be strict laws against drinking and driving but the latest option available to Rolls-Royce customers suggests you end a journey with a tipple and a very fine delicacy.
That’s because the latest in-car feature unveiled by the iconic British brand is a champagne chest that can also serve up a choice of caviar and canapes.
It says the glorified drinks cabinet displays the ‘true luxury and epicurean pleasure’ of the brand. Very lardydar. As is the price – a whopping £44,700 including VAT.
Would you care for a drink? This is the Champagne Chest – the latest option being offered to customer by luxury car brand Rolls-Royce
Of course, you probably shouldn’t be enjoying the delights of the champagne chest in your vehicle (especially if it cost close to £1million).
Instead, the removable unit, which is hand-crafted by the bespoke design team at Goodwood HQ, is the ideal accessory for the typical rendezvous we imagine Rolls-Royce owners have on a day-to-day basis – such as a catch-up with old friends on a superyacht or having a chinwag on the terrace of a private residence.
It’s a special piece of kit – as you might imagine considering that it costs the same as a Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury saloon.
The chassis of the chest is made from machined aluminium, carbon fibre and trimmed in Natural Grain black leather.
The hide panels are embossed with the Spirit of Ecstasy logo and flanked by Tudor Oak wood – the same material you’d find gracing the dashboards of the Cullinan, Ghost and Phantom models.
Press the release button and the trove reveals a ‘perfectly appointed’ champagne set for four guests.
The unit is machined aluminium, carbon fibre and trimmed in Natural Grain black leather
It looks fairly unassuming at a first glance. But at the push of a button a button it transforms into a elegant drinks cabinet
The four champagne flutes are arranged to look like the top of a V12 engine, Rolls-Royce says
The lid of the chest rises on a pair of finely-chiseled arms and converts into a tray with a serving surface finished in Tudor Oak wood and a laser-cut stainless steel inlay.
The contents also include four cotton napkins with embroidered Rolls-Royce logos.
Once the chest is opened there’s a light inside to guide you to one of the quad of hand-blown crystal champagne flutes, which the marque says are ‘arranged to evoke memories of a V12 engine’. We’re not sure how, but it sounds impressive.
The thermal cases that eject from the side of the chassis are very cool – literally. They’re made from aluminium and carbon fibre
If you had £44,000 to spend, would you buy a the Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest…
Or would you rather have a brand new Mercedes-Benz E-Class saloon, which starts from £38,070 on the road in the UK
But the pièce de résistance are the ejectable side panels containing thermal coolers made from aluminium and carbon fibre.
What are they for, you ask? Rolls-Royce says you can use them to carry a spare bottle of champers, but they can also serve caviar and canapes, all at optimum temperature.
And you don’t just shovel the fish eggs straight into the dispensers.
While one of the thermal cases can be used to store the bubbly, the other can be configurated into a caviar dispenser, including a 30g tin of fish eggs and special serving spoons
Each champagne chest is bespoke and can be uniquely detailed in a colour of your choice and even finished with your own logos
There’s something Rolls-Royce has coined a ‘caviar configuration’, which is describes as ‘two thermal caviar caissons, each accommodating a 30 gram tin’ that are ‘complemented by two blini caissons’. We’re just as lost as you are.
This flamboyant chest also comes with two spoons. Sorry, we mean Mother-of-Pearl spoons with anodised aluminium handles that are housed magnetically at the top of the case.
These are designed in this was ‘as not to impair the delicate flavour of the caviar’, don’t you know?
The caviar configuraton includes Mother-of-Pearl spoons with anodised aluminium handles that are housed magnetically at the top of the case. These are designed in a way as to not to impair the delicate flavour of the caviar
The champagne chest can only be acquired through Rolls-Royce dealerships, just in case you fancied getting your hands on one
The chillers can also be converted into temperature-regulated canape holders, ideal when served with your caviar
Gavin Hartley, head of Bespoke Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: ‘The approach is that of designing a Rolls-Royce motor car; the finest materials are married with pinnacle engineering to provide an experience like no other.
‘The Champagne Chest is crafted for those that seek a heightened sense of occasion in an elegant, entertaining manner and offers the irresistible allure of gadgetry.’
Want one? We know you do.
It can only be acquired through Rolls-Royce dealerships, with prices starting from £37,000 excluding local taxes.