Rolls-Royce News

  • Rolls Royce Phantom 102EX World Tour

    The CEO of Rolls-Royce Torsten Müller-Ötvös has ruled out building a production version of his company's 102EX electric Phantom concept, at least in the near future. After taking the concept on a world tour, and allowing more than 500 potential customers, including us, to take it for spin, Rolls-Royce cedes that demand for such a vehicle is simply not sufficient enough to warrant production. Speaking with Car and Driver, Müller-Ötvös explained that while those who drove the 102EX were impressed by its near-silent driving and strong acceleration, the lengthy...

  • 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost with two-tone option
    Rolls-Royce Announces New Two-Tone Bespoke Option For Ghost

    The facelifted ‘Series II’ Phantom wasn’t the only new offering from Rolls-Royce at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. Rolls-Royce also used the Swiss event to unveil a new two-tone color option for the Ghost. The particular car used to preview the option was finished in...

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II live photos
    Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Released: Photos From Geneva Motor Show

    As the Phantom flagship enters its tenth model year, Rolls-Royce today unveiled an update to keep the range at the pinnacle of luxury and capability. To be known as the 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II, the sedan, coupe, and drophead coupe models have received modifications to their styling...

  • Rolls-Royce Year of the Dragon Phantom
    Rolls-Royce Year Of The Dragon Phantom Sells Out In Two Months

    Luxury car sales in China show no signs of slowing, with news emerging this month that a special edition Rolls-Royce Phantom priced from $1.2 million sold out within two months of being announced. The special edition model is the Rolls-Royce Year of the Dragon Phantom, built to commemorate the...

  • Topless Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe in downpour
    This Is Why You Park Your Rolls-Royce Drophead Top Up: Video

    Drive a convertible long enough, and it’s inevitable: sooner or later you’ll be caught with the top down in the rain. Drop-tops like the Mazda MX-5 Miata are designed to cope with a certain amount of in-car moisture (and yes, we know this from experience), and can generally be set to...

  • Rolls-Royce Ghost Bespoke Design
    Bespoke Personalization Key To Rolls-Royce Sales Growth

    Last year, Rolls-Royce enjoyed record sales, with big gains coming in both the Asia-Pacific region and in North America. One reason for the legendary brand’s success is the degree of personalization available throughout its model range. High-end luxury cars are like houses; above a certain...

  • 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

    Just in case you don’t follow events outside the world of car news, a proposed bill called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) seemed to lose steam this week, thanks to massive online support generated by websites like Google and Wikipedia. While the evolution and potential consequences of the bill could easily fill a few dozen pages, here’s the two-minute drill: the U.S. federal government has been under pressure by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to do something about the pirating of copyrighted material. SOPA...

  • 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe facelift spy shots
    2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Spy Shots

    It’s very rare that Rolls-Royce visually updates one of its models, especially when that particular model is the clear sales leader in its segment. Nevertheless, a facelift is scheduled for the top-selling Rolls-Royce Phantom, bringing the car, which comes in sedan, coupe and convertible...

  • Rolls-Royce's current product offerings, at its Goodwood home.
    What Economic Slump? Rolls-Royce Confirms Record Sales

    In the 107-year history of Rolls-Royce, the legendary marque has never sold more automobiles than it did in 2011. The premium-luxury automaker delivered 3,538 cars to customers last year, which represents an increase of 31 percent over 2010, when it sold 2,711 cars. The company’s previous...

  • Chris Bangle
    Polarizing Designer Chris Bangle To Get Lifetime Achievement Award

    Whether you love the work of Chris Bangle or hate it, this much is clear: after a career in the automotive industry spanning 28 years, it’s awfully hard to ignore the influence Bangle has had on modern automotive designs. Best known for his aggressive (and controversial) redesigns of...

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX, experimental electric prototype, New York City, November 2011
    Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom Initial Driving Impressions

    Following its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Rolls-Royce’s 102EX electric Phantom prototype has been touring the globe in order to not only gather vital data for engineers but also to gauge potential customer reaction to such a vehicle ever being launched by the...

  • 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost
    2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost Recalled For Potential Fire Hazard

    Certainly something not expected with a car costing close to $250,000, Rolls-Royce’s recently introduced Ghost sedan has been issued with an official recall by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) due to a potential fire hazard. The issue originates from a faulty circuit...

  • 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

    Having already established a strong foothold in the Chinese, Indian, and Russian markets, Rolls-Royce is now set to embark on its next major endeavor, expanding into South America. Rolls-Royce has never officially sold cars in the region, though a number of private imports are present, but for the first time in its history the automaker is sizing up the South American market for a product launch. CEO Torsten Muller is currently in South America to meet with potential dealers in Brazil and Chile, as well as future customers and local media. Two dealers have already been announced: the Via...

  • 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost
    Rolls-Royce On Track For Record Sales In 2011

    The luxury segment has largely flown in the face of the economic downturn of the last several years, picking up steam particularly this year, but few have done as well as Rolls-Royce, which is set to set another sales record in 2011. It's not the first time Rolls-Royce has turned everyone else's...

  • Rolls-Royce Year of the Dragon Phantom
    Rolls-Royce Celebrates Year Of The Dragon With Special Phantom

    Next year is the Chinese year of the Dragon, a very important year on the Chinese Zodiac, and with China being so important for Rolls-Royce these days, the British automaker has decided to build a special edition range of Phantom sedans called the “Year of the Dragon Collection”...

  • 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye
    James Bond's 50th Anniversary: Largest Exhibition Of Bond Movie Cars Ever

    Next year, starting in January, the U.K.'s National Motor Museum will host the largest exhibition of James Bond movie cars ever assembled. Some of the highlights include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye, the 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, and the weaponized 2002 Jaguar XKR...

  • Rolls-Royce Bespoke vehicle customization service
    Rolls-Royce Expanding Bespoke Customization Service Due To Strong Demand

    It’s no secret luxury automotive brands are a selling record level of cars, thanks mostly to soaring demand in China, but also elsewhere in the world. But what few may know is that most of the cars being ordered aren’t just regular production models, but exclusive customized units...

  • 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost
    Rolls-Royce Posts Record Sales In First Half Of 2011

    Bentley recently announced that business was booming, with its sales levels across the board rising by 20 percent at the end of June when compared with the same period one year ago. While a 20 percent increase in sales is impressive, Rolls-Royce has completely obliterated that result by announcing...

  • Rolls-Royce 102EX electric prototype undergoing hot weather testing at MIRA1 facility

    Current Rolls-Royce customers may not be warming to the idea of an electric sedan but that hasn’t stopped engineers at the luxury British marque from continuing work on its 102EX electric prototype based on the Phantom. During its initial public unveiling at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show back in March, Rolls-Royce said the prototype will test on public roads during the course of the year in key markets such as the U.S., Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. Now, in preparation of the prototype’s global tour, Rolls-Royce engineers have taken the 102EX to the MIRA engineering facility in...

  • Rolls-Royce Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coupe
    Rolls-Royce Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coupe

    If you've found your diamond shoes are growing too tight and your wallet is too small to hold all your $50 bills, the Rolls-Royce Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coupe might be your answer. Why? It'll cost you both, and then some, most likely. The height of Rolls-Royce opulence, the Masterpiece...

  • Digital Veneer Wooden Tribute Vespa
    Get Wood In The City With Veneered 'Tribute' Vespa

    Typical: You've bought a gorgeous Riva Aquarama speedboat, moored up in your local marina. You've bought an aristocratic Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe with its wooden decking tonneau, wafting you from city to city. But when you get there, where is your next veneered vehicle? How inconvenient...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX
    Rolls-Royce Owners Feeling Range Anxiety Over Electrics?

    Rolls-Royce owners are not exactly jumping at the idea of electric versions of their super-luxury rides, despite the popular appeal of the Phantom 102EX concept. The issue? Range. Introduced at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, the Phantom 102EX replaces the original's 6.7-liter V-12 engine and 6-speed...

  • 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom 10EX
    1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom 10EX Up For Auction

    Any car with the Rolls-Royce emblem on it and a rare prototype from 85 years ago--either one could serve as the quintessential centerpiece of a distinguished car collection. Roll both into one, therefore, and you have an ultimate collector's item that should make all your car-collecting pals green...

  • Rolls-Royce Spirit Of Ecstasy Centenary Collection Phantom
    Rolls-Royce Launches Provenance Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Program

    Anyone considering dropping a few hundred large on a used, ahem, pre-owned Rolls-Royce can now breathe a little easier as the automaker has launched a new certified pre-owned vehicle program dubbed Provenance. To be classified under the Rolls-Royce Provenance scheme, a car has to meet exacting...

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