The 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith created quite a stir when it was unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, mainly due to its gorgeous fastback-like shape, enormous amount of luxury, and the all-new Satellite Aided Transmission that uses GPS mapping data to preselect gears. It didn’t take too long for the British company to announce a convertible version of the two-door vehicle, but we had to wait for more than a year to actually see the vehicle in the metal as a camouflaged prototype. With the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show just around the corner, Rolls-Royce unveiled its new luxury cabriolet.
Although it was originally believed that Rolls-Royce will launch it as the Wraith Drophead Coupe, a name borrowed from the convertible version of the Phantom, the massive cabriolet will actually use the Dawn moniker. The name returns in the lineup after six decades, as Rolls-Royce used the designation on a limited run of 28 roofless Rollers in the 1950s.
Updated 09/25/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.
Continue reading to find out more about the Rolls-Royce Dawn.
Rolls-Royce decided to pay tribute to nature at the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, as the British company will unveil the Phantom Celestial Concept. As it name suggest, it was inspired by the night sky and all its twinkly stars.
The concept is based on the Phantom Extended Wheelbase version and features a dark paintwork with glass particles to increase the sparkle effect, of course.
he interior is wrapped in a special "Dusk" leather that creates the effect of a "cloudless night sky." The concept was also equipped with a clock that features a diamond at each quarter-hour and engraved wheel centers. The concept comes equipped with a picnic set that includes glasses with a celestial motif.
What is very special on the interior is that the rear drink compartment has been specifically designed to reflect the stars in the headlining. This way you can enjoy the stars while relaxing in your seat.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Rolls Royce Phantom.
In March at the Geneva Motor Show Rolls Royce brought the 200EX Concept. It was previewing a new model series, known until now as the "baby Rolls Royce." The new Ghost takes its inspiration from contemporary furniture, architecture and yachts but also in the spirit of the 1930s.
Like all the Rolls Royce models, the new Ghost comes with elevated prow, long bonnet, short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant tail, but adds self-righting wheel centers and the Xenon headlamps and curved intakes. It will be available in 12 exterior colors, contrasting with Silver Satin finish for the bonnet, grille and windscreen surround.
The 2010 Ghost will be powered by a 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563bhp and 780 NM of torque (most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced). This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and to hit a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. The engine is mated to an eight-speed, shift-by-wire, automatic ZF gearbox and has a fuel consumption of 20.8 mpg.
Rolls Royce announced at the LA Auto Show that the 2011 Ghost will retail for $245,000 and that they are working on a gas/electric version of the Ghost that will be based around the same hybrid drivetrain that is found in its Bavarian cousin, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7.
We were able to take the Rolls Royce Ghost for a luxurious drive.
See what we thought by clicking here for our review.
Press release after the jump.
The upcoming Rolls Royce Ghost has been spotted while undergoing what looks like the final rounds of testing before the car’s official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, this time wearing none of that annoying clunky camouflage. Sales in Europe will begin in later this year and will be followed by U.S. debut sometime in the the second quarter of 2010.
The new Rolls Royce Ghost is powered by a brand new 6.6 Liter turbocharged V12 that produces 563 HP and combined with a ZF 8 speed automatic transmission, the future four door will be able to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.7 seconds, that is sports car territory, and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.
As Top Speed previously reported, the upcoming Rolls Royce Ghost will feature anintelligent air ride suspension system at all four corners that will be connected to the fully independent front and rear axles which will allow for not only ride height modifications, but comfort settings as well.</p.
The English automaker Rolls Royce has just revealed new details about the future Ghost luxury sedan that is set to make its official world debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Ghost is powered by a brand new 6.6 Liter turbocharged V12 that produces 563 HP and when combined with an 8 speed ZF automatic transmission, the future four door can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.7 seconds and reach a governed top speed of 155 MPH.
As previously reported, the upcoming Rolls Royce Ghost will feature an intelligent four corner air ride suspension system connected to the fully independent front and rear axles.
Rolls-Royce produced the Silver Ghost from 1906 to 1925, and it was the car that established the brand as a world standard. By calling the car “Ghost”, instead of using the full “Silver Ghost” name puts Rolls Royce in a peculiar situation and by dropping “Silver” from the name it no longer has to explain to uninformed customers why the car is available in multiple colors, but it also dilutes the history of the name and leaves Rolls using a the less desirable part of the identity. Either way, despite the name, when it finally does make it into showrooms, the Ghost will become an instantaneous status symbol.
Press release after the jump.
The next big show on the international circuit will be Frankfurt, so it’s no surprise that the Rolls-Royce’s will show off a production-ready version of the200EX concept. Even before the Geneva show, Rolls-Royce had been hinting that the 200EX was close to road-ready, so we expected the production car to show up soon after the concept’s premiere. The biggest difference we expect in the Geneva and the Frankfurt car will be the Roller’s actual name.
All recent concept cars from Rolls-Royce have been given a number designation followed by "EX" for experimental. So the 200EX name will go away, and it may possibly be replaced with the historic Silver Ghost name.
Also in Frankfurt should be final clarification of how much the baby Roller will share with BMW’s 7-Series. Rolls-ROyce CEO Tom Purves said last month that the new Rolls would have 80 percent exclusive parts, including its own V12 engine. The parts shared with cars from Rolls-Royce’s parent company would only be only elements that the customer rarely sees. Considering how often most Rolls-Royce owners get under their cars, a shared chassis with the 7-Series cannot be ruled out.