Rolls-Royce may be working on its first SUV, but until the off-road capable rig is ready to tackle the great outdoors, the Brits are using a smaller vehicle to have some fun in the snow. Actually, fun might not be the best word to describe what’s going on in the photos above, which show Rolls-Royce testing the upcoming Wraith Drophead. And yes, these land yachts need cold weather testing too, despite the fact that most of them are sold in friendlier environments.
Scheduled to arrive later in 2015 for the 2016 model year, the Wraith Drophead is essentially the convertible version of the Wraith fastback coupe, which was unveiled to much fanfare at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Even though the drop-top has been spotted roaming the streets since May 2014, the Brits have yet to remove an inch of the camouflage that covers everything but the headlamps, the windscreen, and the side windows. However, its design isn’t much of a mystery, as it should feature the same exterior design as the Wraith, sans the fixed roof.
This means the Wraith Drophead will miss the coupe’s gorgeous, fastback-like roof, but access to infinite headroom and plenty of sunlight should keep luxury convertible enthusiasts happy enough.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Rolls Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls Royce expanded its lineup with the new Wraith luxury coupe. While no official confirmation is available just yet, we are pretty sure that the new Wraith is going to see more body variations, just like the Phantom did. So, what do you say about a Wraith Drophead? Sounds good, right?
We thought so too, and while Rolls Royce debates bringing it to the market, we have produced a rendering for the Drophead version. As no surprise, it will be pretty much identical to the coupe version, but, just like the Phantom Drophead version, it will be offered with a folding soft-top roof.
We expect everything else to remain identical to the coupe version, including its distinctive fastback profile. Under the hood, the Drophead version will retain the same V-12 engine that delivers a total of 624 horsepower and a peak torque of 590 pound-feet.
Expect the new Wraith Drophead to be unveiled sometime in 2014.
Rolls Royce initially used the "Wraith" nomenclature back in 1938 when the original car was launched on the market, and then again from 1946 to 1959 when the Silver Wraith was unveiled. Now the company is preparing to use this name one more time, but this time for a coupe version of the Ghost - initially rumored to be called Corniche.
The car was caught once again during cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle and almost simultaneously, Rolls Royce unveiled the first official teaser image revealing a little bit of the car’s silhouette. As the company announced, the Wraith’s flowing lines are a hint "at the extraordinary power and dynamic promise of the most powerful Rolls-Royce in history."
The new Wraith is rumored to be powered by a turbocharged V-12 delivering as much as 600 horsepower. All this power will be sent to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. No specifications are known at this point, but the new Wraith will be the fastest production Rolls Royce to wear the Spirit of Ecstasy ornament.
The 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
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.
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.
A luxury car in white is for sure the best spy shot you can ever get. And if we are talking about the Rolls Royce Ghost, then even better! One more reason to hardly wait its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show!
Under the hood Rolls Royce placed a 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 engine with more than 500 hp mated to an eight-speed ZF gearbox. And, as reported previous, the Rolls Royce Ghost will feature an intelligent air suspension system.
Sure there are no Rolls Royce emblems to identify this English piece of automotive excess, but there is no mistaking what it is. Almost identical to the Rolls Royce 200EX Concept, the future reincarnation of the Rolls Royce Ghost that is supposed to debut this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show has been spotted in the buff.
Compared with the concept, the production version features colored turn signals, a revised front bumper and a slightly modified steering wheel. Based on the BMW 760Li platform, the Rolls Royce Ghost will be powered by a 6.6 Liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 544 HP and 553 lb-ft of torque.
When the Rolls Royce Ghost hits the showrooms, expect it to carry a price tag of around $250,000.
Earlier this week we caught wind of a rumor that Rolls-Royce was planning coupe and convertible versions of the 200EX concept. Now were passing on a rendering from the people at Global Motors.
Since this is a rendering of a rumor, we decided to go with the production car’s rumored name: Silver Ghost. The popularity of convertibles like the Corniche makes a drop top version a logical step for Rolls-Royce’s smallest car (the sedan is more than a foot and a half longer than a long wheelbase BMW 7-Series.)
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.
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.
Rolls Royce will launch a new smaller sedan - internally known as RR4 - in 2010. It will be in showrooms by the end of the decade and, priced from around £175,000.
RR4’s design will be inspired by Phantom: the car’s thick C-pillar and suicide rear doors, but it’s significantly lower and shorter than a Phantom, has a shorter bonnet, and a much less upright grille, than its bigger sibling.
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As we previously reported Rolls-Royce is working on a baby version of the luxury Phantom. The model is supposed to help the company’s sales. It will be based on the 101Ex and will be launched in 2010. Until now, this were just rumors, but the rumors have been confirmed as the spy photographers caught the first prototypes at BMW’s test center in the Arctic Circle.
Rolls Royce Corniche - the convertible version of the Phantom limousine - will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2007.
The Corniche takes its name from a French region that was the prefered one by Rolls co-founder Henry Royce. The design is inspired by the 2004 101EX concept: tailored nose, with a thin sliver of LED lamps atop a circular headlamp, and swept back grille.
It is powered by a 6.7-litre V12 with a horse power of 453 hp and 531lbs-ft of torque.
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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 (...)
It seems what Rolls Royce is developing a new luxury baby, the convertible brother of the Phantom. The prototype is based on a shortened platform of the Phantom and powered by the same 460-hp, 6.75-liter V-12 engine as the sedan. It offers room for four adult passengers, and the folding canvas top is power-operated.