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Riding into the Year of the Dragon: Rolls-Royce Dragon Limos and Vespa Dragon Scooters Pay Homage to Chinese Culture

Rolls-Royce, the epitome of British ultra-luxury, and Vespa, the iconic Italian scooter brand, join hands to honor Chinese culture in Lunar New Year 2024 with their exclusive tributes to the zodiac dragon. From the opulent dragon-themed limousines by Rolls-Royce to the stylish dragon-adorned scooters by Vespa, both ends of the motoring spectrum showcase automotive artistry celebrating the mythical dragon on the roads.

Rolls-Royce's 'Year of the Dragon' Bespoke commissions include three Phantom Extended models and one Cullinan, each a masterpiece in itself. In contrast, Vespa introduces the Vespa 946 Dragon, a two-wheeler that pays homage to the dragon with a more accessible production of 1,888 units.

The term "hand-crafted" resonates deeply in the creation of these special editions, emphasizing the meticulous attention to detail, though perhaps more fittingly with the Rolls-Royce. The Rolls-Royce dragon limos feature hand-painted, multi-layer dragon artworks on the fascia panels, a labor-intensive process taking two weeks for each piece. The Phoenix Red embroidery on the headrests involves 5,449 stitches, crafted with precision over 20 hours.

Vespa's 946 Dragon, while less elaborate, showcases special attention to detail. The scooter comes accompanied by a Dragon Varsity Jacket, featuring ribbed wool, nappa leather sleeves, and dragon motifs in emerald green. The jacket's front panel displays the English translation of an ancient Chinese proverb about a dragon consuming many little snakes.

Not to be outdone, Rolls-Royce Bespoke designers exhibit dragon detailing in the custom coachline, where the dragon motif faces east to symbolize the British-Chinese dragon's cultural significance. Inside the dragon limos, the Starlight Headliner creates a celestial dragon dance with 677 individually-placed fiber-optic "stars" forming an abstract dragon motif, surrounded by 667 additional "starlights."

While the dragon limos offer unparalleled luxury, riding into the Year of the Dragon on the Vespa 946 Dragon provides an accessible yet stylish alternative for those of us who seek a touch of fortune on the road. Check out for more updated car tips and informations on our social media:

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