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Rolls-Royce Phantom loses two doors: Ares Modena makes it sexier

Here's how Ares Modena customized the famous Rolls-Royce model

In a market where exclusivity is reigns supreme, the Italian company has redefined the canons of automotive luxury by transforming the Phantom into a two-door coupe. The design team, through skillful downsizing of proportions, has given the vehicle a sleeker, more dynamic appearance.

Available in two colors

Available in two colors, black and white, each speciment of the Coupé is distinguished by rose gold details on the engine hood and windshield frame, a touch of sophistication that underscores its uniqueness.

Not neglecting the technical aspect, Ares Modena equipped the Ares Coupe with 24-inch wheels and 10-inch forged rims, optimized to support the rear-wheel drive of the 2.6-ton sedan. This choice highlights a perfect balance between technological advancement, superlative quality and craftsmanship.

Custom interior

Inside, the Italian coachbuilder has created an environment that reflects the ultimate in luxury and customization. The transformation to coupe required a complete redesign of the interior, with new panels and seats that maintain the exceptional comfort characteristic of the luxurious Rolls-Royce. The use of diamond-textured embossed leather further emphasizes the exclusivity of the interior.

Ares Modena used only the highest quality materials in the construction of the Ares Coupe, with carbon fiber exterior panels, an exclusive two-tone paint job and skirts also made of carbon fiber. Every aspect of the car, from the antenna to the front seats, is customizable, making each Coupe unique and reflective of the owner’s individual preferences.

Exclusivity is further guaranteed by limited production. Each unit is made with the utmost care and precision, ensuring that Ares Modena’s legacy of creating automotive masterpieces is respected and carried on. Under the new body, the special Rolls-Royce Phantom has retained the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, which produces 563 hp of power and 900 Nm of maximum torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. Ares Modena has created several one-offs in the past, including the Bentley Mulsanne Coupe.

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Tribute to Marcello Gandini with the Prototype Unveiled at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show: A Unique Model Exuding Elegance and Personality

From May 24 to 26, the BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este will host the legendary Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The most spectacular cars from different eras and around the world will compete in various categories to win prestigious awards. Among these are the coveted BMW Group Trophy awarded by the Jury, the traditional Coppa d’Oro based on public votes, the Design Award for concept cars and prototypes, and the special ASI Trophy for the best-preserved post-war vehicle.

The presence of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) at this unmissable international event is highlighted by the display of the Citroën GS Camargue prototype from the ASI Bertone Collection. This car enriches the theme dedicated to Marcello Gandini – the recently deceased master of car design – set up in the park of Villa Erba on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Also at Villa Erba, as part of the “Amici & Automobili” event, the ASI-affiliated Veteran Car Club of Como will accompany the Camargue with a precious selection of historical cars from its members.

The Citroën Camargue was first presented at the Bertone stand at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, where it was met with great enthusiasm from both the public and the press. Built on the innovative Citroën GS platform, which was launched in 1970, the Bertone coupé, styled by Marcello Gandini with the assistance of Marc Deschamps, retains the compact sedan’s layout and dimensions. The car features distinctive front and rear overhangs – the front being much more pronounced to enhance the car’s dynamic look. Lower and wider than the GS, the Camargue boasts a wedge-shaped front typical of Gandini’s style, contrasting with a truncated rear end supporting a broad, panoramic canopy with amber-tinted glass, paired with a chic metallic champagne-colored body. Despite its striking and original design, the Bertone proposal did not reach commercial production due to Citroën’s economic crisis during those years, which led to its merger with Peugeot in 1974.

The format of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este includes a double location in Cernobbio, on the shores of Lake Como. On Saturday, May 25, the exclusive Hotel Villa d’Este’s park will host the display of all competing cars, the jury inspection, voting, parade, and the awarding of the Coppa d’Oro and special prizes. Simultaneously, Villa Erba will host the “Amici & Automobili” meeting with an exhibition of historical cars from clubs and enthusiasts.

On Sunday, May 26, the event will continue at Villa Erba with a festival celebrating automotive passion: all cars in the competition will be displayed in the park until the concluding parade, where the Design Award, class prizes, and honorable mentions will be awarded.