After debuting the Series II for both the Phantom and Phantom Coupe models, Rolls Royce engineers have started to test a new luxury coupe. Initially thought to be called Corniche, the latest creation from Rolls Royce brings back in fact a name that was initially used in 1938: Wraith.
The new Wraith, simply described as "the most powerful and dynamic Rolls-Royce in history," features a fastback profile, and is wider and lower than the Ghost, making it more aerodynamic and aggressive in the same time.
For its new model, Rolls Royce has made numerous improvements to the suspension and the steering system and for the interior, it has installed the “on-board valet,” - an innovative voice-command system that sends data to the navigation and infotainment systems.
Sales will begin in the final quarter of 2013 and in Europe prices will start from €245,000 (about $320,000 at the current exchange rates).
UPDATE 03/05/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
UPDATE 09/25/2013: Rolls Royce unveiled a series of new images and video for the latest addition to its lineup: Wraith. The shots were taken in the beautiful city of Vienna and on location in the spectacular surrounding area.
Hit the jump to read more about the new Rolls Royce Wraith.
Rolls Royce is all set to expand their model range by announcing a "stunning" new model in a couple of weeks followed by an auto-show debut on April 21st in Shangai, one of most important markets for RR.
Sadly, RR couldn’t divulge any more details on what sort of car it will be and what’s underneath the hood, but we have our bets placed on the successor to the Rolls Royce Corniche . And we’re most likely going to win that bet, given the fact that over past several months, Rolls Royce was working hard on testing out a prototype of a two-door Ghost coupe (as these spy-shots reveal). We wouldn’t be surprised by RR bringing the Corniche name back as they have been promising customers that it was in the works for a while.
The Rolls Royce Corniche is reported to be powered by a turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine ready to deliver a total of 600 horsepower, which is quite powerful for a luxury cruiser. The design will also draw some inspiration from the Rolls Royce Ghost, befitting the smaller-than-Phantom description.
A full review with details shall be posted once Rolls Royce announces the "stunning" model.
The last time we caught the upcoming Rolls Royce Corniche testing, it was somewhere in Europe on roads typical to the testing of luxury vehicles, but now Rolls Royce is trying something a little unusual for a car of this caliber. The company took the Ghost -based coupe to the Nurburgring track for some testing. According to the company, this will be the sportiest and best handling Rolls Royce ever, as well as the fastest production Rolls Royce to wear the Spirit of Ectasy ornament.
These images show a well-camouflaged prototype and although Rolls Royce is still trying to fool us with those attached door handles, we are pretty sure the doors will open in suicide-style just like in the Phantom Coupe .
Under the hood, there will be a turbocharged V12 engine delivering as much as 600 HP that will be sent to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
This is an eBay non-deal of the day. There may be a few people out there who think it’s a good idea to own Saddam Hussein’s Rolls-Royce Corniche , but possibly the best use for this car is target practice.
The seller claims that the money used to obtain the car went to Hussein’s Kuddish victims. Even if the car has gone only 900 km, its £150,000 price (about $230,000 at current rates) seems like the seller is looking to cash in on some morbid history.
It seems that the new Rolls Royce Corniche takes its styling from the 100 EX Concept that was presented at the 2004 Geneva Motor Show. It will use a 6.75 liter V12 engine cribbed from the Phantom. Based on the same platform as the Phantom, and built using similar aluminum spaceframe chassis technology, the newcomer isn’t as long as the sedan. The beautifully crafted cabin has room for four. Much of the switchgear will be carried over from the Phantom, but the convertible will need an extra (...) More
If price is really no object, and you simply must have a hand-built luxury convertible, there’s only one place to turn - to Rolls-Royce and its Corniche. It comes with a sticker price that reaches well past a third of a million dollars. Today’s version of the Corniche convertible debuted early in 2000, but it was by no means the first soft-top model of that name from the British automaker. No details on changes to 2002 models have been announced.