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2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost Coupe Spy Shots

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Just as the Phantom has its Coupe and Drophead convertible variants, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is expected to spawn its own two-door models. The legacy started with cars like the Camargue and Corniche, both of which were based on the Silver Shadow, which itself is an ancestor of the latest Ghost.

With BMW filing a trademark for the Corniche name, there have been suggestions that the new car could revive the classic nameplate, though unlike previous models, the new one is expected to be a performance flagship for the Rolls-Royce brand.

We now have a new set of spy shots of a prototype for the Ghost coupe, this time with the car undergoing durability and high-speed testing on Germany’s Nürburgring race track.

Looking at the prototype, it’s hard to make out the shape of the roof as it is heavily disguised. However, we can clearly see that the Ghost coupe will be a very low-slung model. Engineers have attempted to make the prototype look as though it has more than one door on either side, but this latest model is expected to only have two doors in total.

Power should come from the same twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine found in the standard Ghost, though peak output is expected to be tuned to around 600 horsepower to give the Ghost coupe a better chance against primary targets such as the Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes-Benz CL Class. Look for a 0-60 mph time of below 5.0 seconds and top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.

Importantly, the Ghost coupe will be lighter than its sedan counterpart (perhaps as much as 440 pounds lighter), and its chassis tuned for improved performance. Look for uprated brakes and tires, stiffer suspension and a 10-millimeter lower ride height.

Inside, expect Rolls-Royce’s typical attention to detail, including hand-stitched leather upholstery and trim made from select hardwoods and polished metal.

Look out for the new Rolls-Royce Ghost coupe, which may or may not be called a Corniche, to land in showrooms towards the end of next year. Pricing should hover around the $300,000 mark.
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  1. Looks like the underpinnings are going to come from the 6 series.. also think it might be V8 powered with twin-turbos instead of a normally aspirated 12.
     
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  2. That could very well be the case Gazzed. The Ghost is based on the 7-Series platform so it makes sense that the Ghost coupe is based on the 6-Series platform. However, we suspect the Rolls will keep a V-12 engine to differentiate it. It's still early days so anything can change.
     
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  3. roumoured S class coupe? isnt that the SLC ????
     
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  4. Hi Wizard,
    The S Class Coupe is essentially the replacement for the CL Class. The next-generation S Class will be coming in several different bodystyles including the regular sedan, long-wheelbase model, extra-long Pullman, coupe and even a new convertible!

    The SLC will be a more focused sports car developed by AMG and targeted at the likes of the Porsche 911.

    Hope this clears it up.
     
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  5. Wow, I wasn't expecting this to be so low. I would have thought Rolls would simply launch a downsized Phantom Coupe. Hope a convertible is also launched, though perhaps this will get a folding hard-top. Will make the Corniche name even more appropriate.
     
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  6. Rappers and football stars around the world, your next car is in the making.
     
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  7. I heard the SLC has been dropped and the whole idea has been put aside by mercedes for the mean time because its "too expensive". Also, it looks like it has "suicide" doors in the pictures. I'm 100% sure I can see an FJ styled doors with two door handles on each side of the car.
     
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  8. There have been reports that the SLC has been put on hold, but test mules for the car are testing so it's likely the project isn't completely dead.

    With this Corniche prototype, it's simply too hard to tell what Rolls-Royce has planned for the design. According to the photographer who took these shots, only one of the three door handles on the side of the car is real. The rear cut line is also said to be fake, though we won't know until less disguised versions show up. So stay tuned.
     
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