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That smoky teaser photo of the Spirit of Ecstasy might not specifically allude to what we’ve come to expect from auto teasers, but rest assured, Rolls-Royce is planning for a grand return at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The British automaker has just announced the upcoming release of the most powerful model the company has ever built: the Rolls-Royce Wraith.

Auto historians might remember the Wraith from way back in the 30’s. But since then, Rolls Royce hasn’t used the name in any models, making this comeback all the more tantalizing.
No official details have been revealed about the Wraith, but it does put credence to all those teasers and spy photos we’ve seen in the past months of a model that we previously thought of as the Corniche .

The reborn Wraith, which has been reported to pack a turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine with 600 horsepower, is expected to be Rolls-Royce’s third model, following the Phantom and the Ghost . To their credit, the British automaker is off to a good start drumming up interest for the car.

“Expect the boldest design, the most dramatic performance and the most powerful Rolls-Royce that has ever played host to the famous Spirit of Ecstasy figurine," said Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, before adding that we should expect a model whose starting point is "luxury, refinement and exclusivity".

Expect the Wraith to be available for purchase towards the latter part of the year. Until then, RR promises to release additional teaser images at 00:01 GMT on February 12th, 19th and 26th. We’ll post them once they are released.

Click past the jump to read double-R’s official press release.

Rolls Royce announced a new Ghost Firnas Motif Edition limited to only five units and offered exclusively through Abu Dhabi Motors dealer. It was built as a tribute to legendary Arab inventor Abbas Ibn Firnas - a man who attempted a glider flight using man-made wings and feathers.

The new Ghost Firnas Motif Edition "introduces subtle yet exotic features that encapsulate the true essence of Arab Andalusian culture." Its distinctive features include elements like a hand-painted twin-coachline, finished with the Firnas Logo, a personalized flight emblem placed on the control display, and in the embroidery on the front and rear headrests. There is also a personalized tread plate with a wing design and featuring a personalized message: "Firnas motif – one of five".

Under the hood, the model keeps the usual turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine that develops a total of 563 horsepower and a peak torque of 575 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

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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.

Source: Bloomberg

Not content with just breaking ground on their new program for the Toyota GT86 , Japanese tuner Wald International has prepared yet another package, this time for the British luxury sedan, the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Set to be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, Wald International’s Black Bison package comes with an extensive aerodynamic kit that features a host of new components, including a new front bumper, modified side skirts, and, a trunk-mounted spoiler that honestly looks out of place on the Ghost, and a far more aggressive rear fascia that incidentally comes with its own integrated diffuser. Wald also worked on lowering the suspension of the Luxury sedan while also equipping it with a new exhaust system and a new set of alloy wheels.

For the entire package, Wald has set a price of ¥1.3 million, or about $15,500 based on current exchange rates. Just like Wald’s program for the GT86, this one doesn’t carry any performance upgrades. But unlike the GT86, this is one aero program that just doesn’t fit in well with the esteem and class of the Ghost.

Every car enthusiast out there with some passion for classic cars knows of the Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe I. Not so much its history, but the mystery surrounding it, as the model was built in 1935 by Henri Jonckheere and his son Joseph Jonckheere, but all the documents about the car were destroyed during World War II, and not even up to this point we cannot tell for sure who was the millionaire it was built for. This classic car is currently on display at the California-based Peterson Museum.

Fast-forward to 2012 and Ugur Sahin Design has been contracted by VDL Jonckheere to bring back the spirit of the Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe. Ugur has the intention of offering this car as a one-off edition, but it will be priced at about €5 to €6 million ($6.5 to $8 million at the current exchange rate).

Ugur’s new Rolls Royce Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe II will keep the essence of the original model, but will give it a modern interpretation. The new car will keep the original proportions and lines. Up front it will feature the same colossal grill that pays respect to Rolls Royce’s history, the doors will also be similar to the original ones.

A final decision on the one-off production version will be announced in the upcoming months. We can then bring you all of the information on this awesome remake of one of the most mysterious cars in the world.

There are likely just a few people in the world who have not read at least one chapter from the incredible “One Thousand and One Nights.” And it looks like Scheherazade stories not only inspired our childhood, but also a bespoke collection offered by Rolls Royce Middle East.

The new Rolls Royce Ghost One Thousand and One Nights Edition is offered in a variety of two-tone paint schemes, which are specially mixed by Rolls Royce’s bespoke team in Goodwood, England. Each unit will feature a "One Thousand and One Nights" logo elegantly framing the door handles.

Geoff Briscoe, Director Middle East, Africa and Latin America for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: "A Rolls-Royce is the perfect canvas from which to commission highly individual motoring masterpieces. The One Thousand and One Nights collection is a testament to the ability of our bespoke designers to take inspiration from a rich array of cultures."

The One Thousand and One Nights Ghost will debut at the Sharjah International Automobile Show on November 28th.

Click past the jump to read Rolls-Royce’s full press release.

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Rolls Royce Ghost

The 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost will embrace very subtle revisions to the interior upholstery and the infotainment system of the car. What possibly can they upgrade or facelift? It’s already the perfect car, but it will be seeing similar revisions already found in the Phantom Series 2, apart from the day-time LEDs.

Revisions in the 2013 Ghost were mostly concentrated on the infotainment system of the car. It features an all new, advanced amplifier with the addition of ‘exciter’ speakers. Sounds exciting? The upholstery now comes with natural grain leather and cross-banded wood veneers. If this is an option they are introducing now, what was the type of leather they were using? Printed leather? Certainly that wouldn’t go along with Rolls Royce’s reputation of building hand-made cars out of exclusive materials.

On the outside, a new alloy wheel option will be available for customers who aren’t satisfied with the current options along with an all new, cool feature called the Comfort Access Boot. This feature lets you open the boot using your feet with the help of a sensor under the rear bumper, should both hands be full. It’s a neat feature that doesn’t require the hassle of taking the key out of the pocket while juggling shopping bags, but in a Rolls Royce?

Though it cannot be considered an incremental upgrade at all, except the cool boot feature, the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost is, nevertheless, a car that sticks true to the Rolls Royce tradition of absolute perfection, immaculate ride, and supreme refinement. What is your take on the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost? Let us know in the comments section.

For many years, Cosworth has been providing Formula One teams with high-performance engines and rumors have been floating around that it may pull out when the new F1 engine standards take hold in 2014. When Williams chose to drop Cosworth as its engine supplier in 2011 and switch to Renault, it looked like the nail had been firmly driven into Cosworth’s F1-racing coffin. Cosworth continued on with only two teams using its engines – Marussia and HRT – and its current owners have reportedly seen enough.

A report out of the UK-based newspaper, The Times, is stating that the famed engine builder’s owners have chosen to sell the company. According to the same report, Rolls-Royce is being tossed around as a potential suitor for the high-performance engine builder. The reason Rolls-Royce comes up is because Rolls is also one of Cosworth’s key customers in the aerospace side of its business. That would immediately give Rolls-Royce a leg up in the aerospace industry and net it a leg up in auto racing as a byproduct.

There are several other names floating around, like British aerospace company, GKN, but Rolls is certainly the front runner at this point. The fact that it can also benefit from the automotive engine technology could really push Rolls to up the ante and give Cosworth Cosworth ’s owners a fair bid. Whoever chooses to buy the automotive and aerospace company needs to work fast, as it will need to have an engine build and tested in time for the 2014 F1 season, if it hopes to compete.

We’ll keep an eye on how things shape up and let you know if any other bidders arise. Hopefully this doesn’t turn into a Saab -like situation.

Source: The Times
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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.

Everything is better in threes, so they say.

Okay, we may or may not have made that up, but at least someone seems to agree with us because British automaker Rolls Royce went to the 2012 Paris Motor Show with not one, not two, but three special edition "Art Deco" models - much to our excitement.

The three special edition models are based on pretty much the entire line-up of models Rolls has under its disposal: the flagship Phantom , the inimitable Ghost , and the topless Phantom Drophead Coupe.

The last of the troika, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, is arguably the freshest of the bunch, not only because it’s dropping swag like it’s hot, but because the car’s matching Light Blue exterior and interior makes us want to take this baby out for a ride out on the road with the wind blowing through our hair.

Add the specially designed Mother of Pearl trim detailing in the interior and you have a uniquely finished luxury convertible that not only catches enough attention to last a lifetime, but more importantly looks good in doing so.

By the way, having a 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb/ft of torque with a 5.7-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 149 mph?

That helps too.


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