The new 200EX concept, Rolls-Royce announced this week, is officially a concept vehicle. It's hard to see what might change as Rolls-Royce engineers prepare it for series production and an on-sale date next year.
When it's shown in final form, the new small Roller likely will wear a Silver Ghost nameplate. And though the look is distinctly Rolls-Royce, the car's architecture shares some important safety and cabin structures with the 2009 BMW 7-series (which our colleagues at TheCarConnection have driven and appreciated, and rated 9.0 out of 10). Unlike the BMW, the Rolls-Royce will continue tradition with a newly developed V-12 engine that may displace 6.0 liters and likely will exceed 500 horsepower.
The Rolls-Royce 200EX also differs from the BMW with a longer wheelbase--though it's still 18 inches shy of the standard bearer, the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The new Silver Ghost will also be distinguished by an ultra-luxury interior, with custom wood, leathers and other trims to be revealed later this fall.
LuxuryCarReport.com will have more on the smaller Rolls-Royce later this year from the 2009 Frankfurt auto show. Bookmark our site as well for an exclusive drive of the Phantom sedan, coming soon.
[with reporting from TheCarConnection]