Last month Rolls-Royce CEO, Tom Purves announced that the engine for the production version of the 200EX concept would not be from the BMW parts bin and would be a brand new V12 unit . Now Purves has revealed specific details on the engine at press conference in New York.
The new baby Roller, which will hopefully revive the Silver Ghost name, will get a 6.6-liter turbo charged V12 engine making at least 500 hp. While a displacement of .55 liters per cylinder doesn’t seem like much, it’s huge in the V12 community, which rarely gets above half a liter per cylinder. The 632 hp Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 has a displacement of 6.5-liters, and the 651 hp Ferrari Enzo has a displacement of 6.0-liters; so we have no trouble believing the 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 in the 200EX will make Rolls-Royce’s claim of “upwards” of 500 hp.
The powerplant will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Not to many people’s surprise, Rolls-Royce is claiming that fuel economy will be much better than the larger Phantom . There will be plenty more info revealed on the baby Roller between now and when the production version is expected at September’s Frankfurt Auto Show.
Press release after the jump