What if famed British luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce didn’t make just luxury sedans (and one SUV)? What if they had a full car lineup, including a compact hatchback, a classic sports car, a big rig truck, and even a hover car?
And what if Batman were British?
These are the questions asked by Compare The Market, an automotive insurance website that commissioned some talented artists to make a “what if?” series of renderings that imagine Rolls-Royce in a totally new light.
For most of Rolls-Royce’s history and only until extremely recently, Rolls-Royce focused solely on luxury 2-door and 4-door cars. All of them were large, powerful, and lent themselves to a certain kind of person--the kind that finds analog clocks set with expensive gemstones to be a useful feature in an automobile.
In this hypothetical universe we’re constructing for ourselves, perhaps Rolls-Royce still embeds such things on the dashboard of their vehicles. However, it will certainly go against perceptions on a few of them.
Take this rugged 4x4 Royce. Clearly inspired by the Jeep Wrangler and the Mercedes G-Class, this off-road Rolls-Royce comes with the same 6.75-L V12 engine as the recent Cullinan SUV and produces a similar amount of horsepower to boot.
You can expect to find a similar power plant under the hood of any Rolls-Royce pickup truck. As you can see, in this fictional world, Rolls-Royce has opted for a body style popular with mid-size pickups of today but instead features suicide doors judging by the placement of the door handles on the crew cab.
The Cullinan adds an SUV to the nameplates lineup for the first time in history, but what if the company kept going? What if they made a crossover too?
Moving on to even larger vehicles, a Rolls-Royce 18-wheeler looks surprisingly dignified with a slightly smaller grille than seems possible. Maybe it has a bit of hybridization going on.
A step down would be a Rolls-Royce minivan, and even though it still has the iconic grille and Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, not even Rolls-Royce can make a minivan seem luxurious.
Of course, the inside is probably a lot better than the outside.
Rolls-Royce rarely dabbled in performance vehicles over its century-long history, but if they did, it would probably have looked something like this.
What if instead of going into the past we went into the future? This Rolls-Royce hover car imagines a world where not only Rolls-Royce continues to be the leading provider of ultra-luxury vehicles, they also pioneered anti-gravity technology.
But the best Rolls-Royce rendering imagines a world where Batman didn’t grow up in Gotham but instead got his start on the streets of London. The Royce grille somehow lends itself well to the mean visage of the Batmobile, although the Spirit of Ecstasy seems a little out of place. Maybe replace it with the Batman logo?