• Mar 2, 2006

A nod to the past, but with a bold look towards the future is the theme behind Rolls Royce's latest concept, the 101-EX. So says Ian Cameron, the marque's chief designer who helped unveil what may be an advanced peek at the company's future coupe. As reported before, the big Roller's based on a shortened Phantom platform and crafted from aluminum and tungsten. Sitting atop tasteful 21" 7-spoke alloys with comfortable seating four passengers, it looks to be just the thing for stately motoring. Inside, aluminum, leather and rosewood/red oak trim provide a deliciously rich atmosphere, and a special fiber optic lighting system in the headliner hints at a starlit sky.

(Lots more pictures courtesy Autoblog Spanish's Alberto after the jump!)



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sure it has a lot of presence, but to me, this is a styling disaster. The foglights became the focal point of the front. On a Rolls! What should always be the focal point on a Rolls, the grill, is buried in that misguided heritage-inspited aluminum hood. And the aluminum windsheild framing? please tell me that is just a concept car indulgence. It only emphasises the unattractive thinkness of the pillars.

      The profile shows all the pieces desparately trying to stretch the coupe porportions across the oversized dimensions.

      Not that My opinion matters much in this scheme of things but I don't see any way this model will have the combination of grace and power of the Continental GT.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey look, it's the new Chrysler Imperial in the background.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a Phantom, I have a deposit on the 100EX. I wan this one as well. its awsome! As long as it wont be a cheap one like the Bentley im all in
      • 8 Years Ago
      #1:
      The States is currently the biggest market for Rolls, despite the Phantom having a fixed roof.
      The largest market by far in the US? Sunny Beverly Hills.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i stand corrected, rossl.

      but i do agree with many who've noted that the headlights could be done better. with the current phantom the round lights look (as they should) like foglamps that compliment the rectangular ones... on this tho, the foglamps look like the main lights, and the rectangular ones look like bushy eyebrows...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #6, I think it's the other way around. Jesus Christ looks like Kurt Cobain.

      Yes indeed - a shameless ripoff of the Chrysler Imperial concept. Plus they've slapped on a grill that comes straight from the Lincoln Town Car, late '80s. I mean, have a look at this:

      http://www.inthehollow.com/Photographs/88.jpg

      Talk about derivative!

      hehe
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHAT! No high-heeled Rolls Royce trophy mistress posing with the 101?

      Well, I can assure you the well heeled definitely favor Ms. Alfa's high-heeled "style" over the missing Ms. Rolls.

      C'mon Erin, post more Geneva "hostess" pics, please!

      • 8 Years Ago
      A tremendous car. I do not think it will have the same potential of selling here in the States as it would in the rainier climate that is the UK.

      After all, we do like our convertibles here.

      A terrific grand tourer.

      http://automobilesdeluxe.blogspot.com/2006/03/more-information-on-rolls-royce-101-ex.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a lumpy spangled blob on wheels. Like the Phantom, it will no doubt look absolutely out of scale and more like a barn on wheels when seen in the real world along side other cars. The headlights are much too tiny and peer myopically out from either side of that massive baleen whale krill strainer known as a grille. The rear quarters are the least offensive, but somehow looks like it's derived form the latest Bentley.

      That's a pity. Old Royces (Roller is often considered a slightly vulgar term used by the nouveau riche) where large and imposing, but they often had a dignity that is completely lacking in the newest versions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The turkey who incorporated that brightwork into the design must be related to the guy who came up with "colorizing" black and white movies. This is the kind of car only former ENRON execs (er, make that ENRON ex-cons) would drive. Money can buy a lot of things, but taste ain't one of them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rolls Royce should post a warning sign instructing parents not to let small children see this car or they might have nightmares! Ack that thing is hideous. VW did so much better with the Azure--which is pretty obvious int this car in the back, but dear heavens what did they do to the front? Back looks Azure/ContiGT like, front is the most hideous looking face [and I thought the Phantom was bad].

      taipeileviathan: I disagree. This is not the heritage RR look, it is the "I-just-acquired-a-brand-I-don't-know-what-to-with" styling cues." I think comparing it to the equally ugly Imperial is appropriate. And I agree with Edsel, I could use a trophy model or two...or 3 or 4...
      • 8 Years Ago
      You will see on average 9 Phantoms a Day in Beverly Hills
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