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Official Photos: Rolls-Royce 200EX

Rolls Royce | February 22nd, 2009 by 15
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As many of you know, BMW Group incorporates two more brands in their vehicles line-up: MINI and Rolls-Royce. We have been covering MINI stories and …

As many of you know, BMW Group incorporates two more brands in their vehicles line-up: MINI and Rolls-Royce. We have been covering MINI stories and news for quite some time now, but it seems like many of you, our readers, are interested in seeing more news from the famous Rolls-Royce brand, one of the biggest luxury automakers in the world.

With that being said, we will expand a little bit and offer Rolls news as well, new launches, spy shots…etc..etc…Of course, we won’t move away from the main purpose of our blog, which is the BMW brand, but I’m sure it will be fun to see if the BMW design language will be incorporated in the other brands as well. There was already a rumor going around that some elements from the Rolls-Royce Phantom model might be included in the design of the next 1 Series.

Official Photos: Rolls Royce 200EX

For some time now, many spy photos of the “baby” Rolls, named 200EX,  have been going around the internet and the car was supposed to be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show next month. The EX200 is due to launch in 2010 as a direct competitor to Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

Some styling of the EX200 comes from the Phantom and Drophead Coupe, but fit into a shorter wheelbase model, the same platform used in the new 7 Series. The EX200 is 212.6 inches long, 83 inches wide and 61 inches tall. All of this sitting on seven-spoke 20 inch wheels wrapped in 285/40 and 255/45 tires.

According to Tom Purves, RR CEO, the engine will be a V12 unit not seen before on any BMW-group product and up to 80% of its components will be unique.

Of course, the interior design is in-pair to company’s luxury standards, controls are neatly sculptured surrounded by chrome, and as usual, plenty of wood trim and fine leather.

Official Photos: Rolls Royce 200EX

The final name has not been chosen yet, EX200 represents just a concept naming convention, but when the production car will be unveiled in Frankfurt this fall, we should have the official name.

Pricing? Unknown at this time, but rumors are putting the Rolls Royce EX200 at around $250,000.

[Source: BMW AG and Autoblog ]

  • Gord

    That car looks brilliant. It’s so elegant and stately. Much better than the Continenetal. I like it alot.

    But at $250 000 doesn’t that make the 200EX and Arnage competitor ?

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Gord: Probably, but many see it as a Bentley Flying Spur competitor.

    I wonder if there are any Rolls-Royce test drives from BMW, never drove one yet :)

  • Gord

    @Horatiu B.:

    I heard that if you want to test a Maybach, and you seem to be rich enough, you will get a chaffeur along with the test car. :)

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Gord: What’s the point then? :)I just wanna drive the car myself…

  • roffle waffle

    a lot of BMW in that interior! I like it

  • vladimirsc

    All of this sitting on seven-spoke 20 inch wheels wrapped in 285/40 and 255/45 tires

    Hmm,i am not sure that car would ride smooth enough with low profile tires

  • B Riley

    But. . . .Why could they not think of a good name for it? I mean, PHANTOM is brilliant! Silver Ghost, Wraith, Silver Cloud. . . . And 200EX? WTF? It sounds like a great name for AN ATV. But not a RR.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=643868286 Mohammed AlMomen

    @vladimirsc:
    Its an RR I’m sure the ride will be brilliant ;)

    @B Riley:

    the EX is and RR thing , they just give it to all their concepts , the Phantom coupe was 100EX I think

  • Giom

    I can imagine that this car could have been a Phantom replacement. I wonder how and when they’ll replace the Phantom. And how will it look?

    But this car is Rolls at its best -a class of its own.

  • Gil

    Wow. The wood trims are impressive (who’s counting the trees?! lol). Looks really nice tho. Maybe 10 years from now I can afford it when it’s $125,000. :) Man that’s whopping chunk of cash for a car. But it’s beautiful nonetheless.

  • Martin

    Nice…

    I already see all the Rap stars standing in line for that car ;)

  • Jag

    @Giom: this is not a replacement for Phantom. it’s a competitor for the Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

  • Giom

    @Jag: Thats why I said: I could imagine. Meaning, this car could have replaced the Phantom. It’s the exact same design, just smaller and fresher. But it didn’t.

    Thats also why I asked: What would the Phantom replacement then look like? My guess is, they won’t change it that much -cause it is already (almost) perfect.

  • Carlos de Vasconcellos

    Getting away from the Parthenon grille is a huge mistake, though.
    It is bad enough that the Phantom’s grille is a bit too wide and too rounded. With the lack of a bumper, it makes the car look like an iceberg, (at least mine does, in white.) I have no plans to get rid of my Phantom but I really see no point in paying so much money to drive a
    Chrysler 300.

  • Carlos de Vasconcellos

    Forgot to add: the Spirit of Ecstasy needs to be at least 75% bigger on top of the Phantom grille. As it is, it gets lost among all that stainless steel and chrome toothy grin. Yes, I know the engineers had to make it smaller so it can hide inside the grille. Still it looks like an afterthought.

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