Posted on: Jan 09, 2011
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One-Off Pinifarina Hyperion Drophead Coupe


Having make its world debut at the 2008 Concours d'Elegance at Pebble Beach, the Hyperion is not so much a design study. Rather, it's more of the famous Italian design studio's ability to make a gorgeous car even more beautiful. Hyperion, which was the name of one of the Titans of Greek mythology, was appropriately chosen because it represents the car's architectural and powerful stance.

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Commissioned by collector and Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe owner Roland Hall, he wanted Pinifarina to create a custom-built car that would evoke the appeal of the extravagant cars of the 1930s. The end result is a car that embodies both the philosophies of Rolls-Royce and Pinifarina in terms of both strength and elegance. Perhaps the best example of this is the long hood design. With an aluminum spaceframe and rear-wheel drive, it's powered by a 6.7-liter V12 with 453 hp and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
There's no doubt it's a Rolls-Royce due to its classic front grille, which now has a more aerodynamic look complete with recessed Bi xenon headlights and LED technology. The interior remains largely untouched from the standard Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe. The final design and build price wasn't announced, but since this is a one-off for a private collector, don't count on it ever making production. However, we hope for Rolls-Royce to consider the Hyperion's styling in future cars, as it's quite possibly one of the most beautiful cars of the decade.

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