As a teaser, BMW AG and Rolls Royce just issued a press release with more details on the new Rolls-Royce EX200 (RR4). We mentioned last month that the new “baby Rolls” will be powered by a V12 engine not seen before on any BMW-group product and up to 80% of its components will be unique.
In the press release today, CEO Tom Purves talked about the 6.6-liter turbocharged engine developing over 500 horsepower through a ZF 8-speed transmission. He also spoke of improve fuel and CO2 efficiency over the already Rolls models.
Still no word on the naming convention for the EX200, but we should find out prior to the Frankfurt Auto Show.[Source: Autoblog ]
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CONFIRMS FURTHER DETAILS FOR RR4
* New 6.6 litre turbo charged V12 engine unique to Rolls-Royce
* New 8-speed gearbox
* Engine power upwards of 500bhp (upwards of 373kW/507PS)
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has confirmed further details about the production version of 200EX, the experimental car shown at the Geneva motor show early in March 2009.
Rolls-Royce CEO, Tom Purves announced the details at a press conference in New York where 200EX is currently being shown to potential customers on the first leg of a world tour.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Purves said, “There has been a great deal of interest in this car since we first talked about producing a new model series in the autumn of 2006 and the reaction 200EX received at its unveiling at Geneva was very positive. As we move another step closer to the start of production at Goodwood, it is exciting to be able to share some of the specific technical details with customers and the media.”
He continued, “RR4 will deliver an authentic Rolls-Royce experience to owners, so expect peerless comfort and build quality. However, we have consciously engineered this car to be more involving and dynamic for those owners around the world that will wish to drive it themselves.”
RR4 will be powered by a brand new 6.6 litre turbo charged V12 engine unique to Rolls-Royce. The engine will be combined with an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox. This new drive-train will significantly improve fuel and CO2 efficiency over the already class leading Phantom series of cars. Engine power will be upwards of 500bhp.
Further details about RR4 will be released over the coming months.