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
Hmmmm. The internal name for Rolls-Royce’s 200EX concept was the RR4. This was because it was Rolls’ fourth model behind the Phantom sedan, Phantom drophead and Phantom coupe. So it would only make sense that the 200EX would be a sedan as shown in Geneva, and any other models would have their own designation. But now rumors are going around that when the concept hits the streets in 2010 (hopefully with the Silver Ghost name) there will be a coupe and convertible closely in tow.
It should be no surprise to anyone that Rolls-Royce would plan extra versions for the semi-bling crowd. It’s just a matter of how fast the other versions will be finished. This will likely unfold with both of the two-door versions touring the auto show circuit after the sedan goes into production. If so, Rolls-Royce will produce the coupe and convertible not likely before 2011.
It’s now confirmed Rolls-Royce will use the Geneva Motor Show to unveil its latest and smallest car. Rolls has always been aimed at a more-affluent market, but CEO Tom Purves may be going after a slightly younger and different market with the new car. He says the car will be "more like a well cut sports jacket than a tuxedo [the Phantom]."
So far the car has been called the RR4, but that name will absolutely change, possibly using the historic Sliver Ghost name for production. The car Geneva Motor Show will not give any clue to the car’s final name. The concept will show up with the letter EX (for experimental) followed by a series of numbers. Although this will be a concept with an experimental name, the production car will be very close to the car shown in Geneva.
So far speculation has the engine for the RR4 coming out of BMW’s parts bin, but Purves has now confirmed that the engine will be a V12 not seen before on any BMW. In total about 80 percent of the RR4 will be unique to Rolls. Pieces that are not seen usually by the customer will be the ones shared with other products made by the corporate parent BMW.
No word yet on U.S. pricing, but estimates in the U.K. have been between £160,000 and £200,000. Which (thanks to rates favorable to the dollar) is about $240,000 and $299,000 at current rates.
We know Rolls-Royce is making a smaller car, but now it’s rumored that Rolls will using it to resurrect a historic name. The car, which we have until now known as the RR4, is rumored to go to production with the name Silver Ghost.
This is significant because the original Silver Ghost was the first Rolls-Royce to really catch on with the public. It was the car that established Rollers as a world standard by the time production ended in 1926. The new Silver Ghost will likely take up a different place in Rolls-Royce’s lineup. There were less than 8,000 of the original cars produced over a twenty-year period, and the new Ghost will be the baby Roller that will be used as the mass-market car (if Rolls-Royce can make such a thing, especially at the expected $250,000 price tag.)
The 2010 Silver Ghost should carry many of Rolls’ current design cues, including suicide doors. Under the skin the car will show more of the roots from its corporate parent BMW with elements like iDrive and possibly the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 from the next generation M-Series cars.
Rolls-Royce seems to be out testing its new smallest car in the state most likely to buy it, California. But the RR4 wasn’t making its way trough Hollywood, instead it was out for testing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains area.
Although not much of the car can be seen, it doesn’t appear to be highlighting the suicide doors that were seen on other test mules. This may signal a design change to the car, or just simply a disguise over the rear-hinged rear doors. Either way, the full truth should be known when the car makes its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The RR4 should be powered by a modified version of the V8 twin-turbo from the BMW X6. A diesel option will join the RR4 lineup in the future, but may not make it to the U.S. Like the newly launched 7-Series it will feature latest generation of the iDrive technology that controls navigation, communication and audio systems.
The first spy shots ever of the future baby Rolls Royce reveal the RR4 will feature the latest generation BMW iDrive. The RR4 will go on sale in 2010 and will cost less than a Phantom.
This latest generation of the iDrive controls navigation, communication and audio systems, as well as allowing drivers to surf the internet whilst on the move.
The latest model from BMW that use the new iDrive control system is the 2009 7-Series (with whom the RR4 will share its underpinnings).
Until other detail, we’ll have to wait for the official debut that will be made at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
Autocar caught the new Rolls-Royce out testing in the rain – a place that any British car needs to do well. Internally known as the RR4 because this is now the fourth Rolls model, the production version is expected in 2010. It looks like the new car will keep the hallmark suicide doors of its big brothers. Although this is referred to the “baby” Rolls, it is based on the BMW 7-Series, a car that no one accuses of being tiny.
First official sketches of the future Rolls Royce RR4 were revealed back in May. Now we find out the car will be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. This will first be shown only as concept version, same as the 100EX and 101EX models that previewed Rolls-Royce’s Phantom Drophead and Coupe models.
Although this is the smallest Rolls, there is nothing small about the car, including the engine and the price. At the launch a 6.0-liter V12 engine will power it. The RR4 will go on sale in 2010 and will be limited to only 2000 units a year. It will cost between £160,000 and £175,000. It is likely that the price will be different in the U.S. because at a direct conversion the price tag would be about $340,000, which is currently as much as a Phantom.
Last month, Rolls Royce unveiled the first sketches of the 2010 RR4, and today Car and Driver announced that future baby Phantom will be powered by a modified version of the V8 twin-turbo from the BMW X6. A diesel option will join the RR4 lineup in the future.
The 2010 RR4 will be priced at around $225,000 and Rolls Royce expect to sell over a 1,000 units a year.
The Rolls-Royce RR4 will share platform with upcoming next-generation 2009 BMW 7-Series. Even though the platform will help cut some of the pounds, the RR4 is still expected to weigh well over 5,000 pounds.
The future luxury sedan will be produced at Goodwood, England plant and sales will begin in the later part of 2009 or early 2010.