|2010 Rolls Royce 200EX|
The 200EX will debut at the Geneva auto show next month and will go into production late this year - after an official introduction at this fall's Frankfort Auto Show.
“It’s a modern execution of timeless Rolls-Royce elegance, breaking with some areas of tradition but retaining the core values,” says Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves. He adds: “We expect the more informal, agile design to broaden the appeal of Rolls-Royce.”
|2010 Rolls Royce 200EX rear|
The new car will be assembled alongside the Phantom at Rolls-Royce’s facilities in Goodwood, England, although much of its mechanical package will be prebuilt at parent company BMW in Munich, Germany.
Neat features include an imposing grille, squinty LED headlamps that house the turn indicators, a stainless-steel hood, bold chromed door handles, rear-hinged rear doors, a prominent C-pillar and a subtly angled trunk line--all of which give the 200EX clear visual ties to the Phantom. Seven-spoke, 20-inch wheels complete the look.
The new RR (which is rumored to carry a traditional RR brand name - I'm voting for Silver Spirit) looks sleeker, less stuffy, and more contemporary in it's styling than any Rolls-Royce in history.
This smaller Rolls is quite a bit more compact than the current Phantom, stretching 212.6 inches long, 83 inches wide and 61 inches tall. The new Rolls-Royce shares much of its underpinnings with the new BMW 7-series. The wheelbase measures 129.7 inches, and the chassis is set up with air springs biased toward smooth ride quality.
Rolls-Royce remains tight-lipped on just what engine the 200EX will use. The only detail released was that will be a “new-generation V12" engine - probably a twin turbocharged gasoline motor with direct injection mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission.
|2010 Rolls Royce 200EX interior|