New details on Rolls Royce's next-gen saloon
We recently made a post about a new entry-level Rolls Royce sedan that’s scheduled for introduction within the next four years. UK’s CAR Magazine had already released details about such a car back in its July issue, and now the publication has released further details including an artist’s rendition. The latest news is that the car will be based on BMW’s next generation 7-series with a launch date set for 2009. Pricing will be around the $250,000 mark, which will put it in direct competition with Bentley’s Flying Spur.
RR’s Goodwood plant will be expanded to accommodate the expected production rate of 3000 units per year. However, many components will be prepared in BMW’s 7-series plant. Insiders suggest that the new Rolls will be the spiritual successor to the Silver Shadow, but it will follow the larger Phantom in both design terms as well as dimensions.
Unlike the aluminium constructed Phantom, the new saloon will rely on a conventional steel body. Weight will be roughly 2300kg meaning the car will require a beefy motor. The likely choice is BMW’s 6.0L V12
but with more power, somewhere around 544hp. The 0-62mph sprint will be less than 6 seconds,
and top speed should be limited to 155mph. Follow the jump for the full image as well as the comprehensive report.
[Source: CAR Magazine