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Click above for image gallery of the Rolls-Royce 200EX concept

AutoCar The Daily Telegraph just couldn't wait one more day and apparently broke the embargo on the new Rolls-Royce 200EX concept. The 200EX that will be shown publicly for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in two weeks is a precursor to the fourth production Rolls-Royce model of the modern BMW ownership era. The major front and rear crash energy absorption structures are shared with BMW's new fifth-generation 7 Series. However, unlike the 7 Series, which is limited to V8 and inline-six engines of the gas and diesel varieties, the 200EX will be V12-powered like its big brother, the Phantom. The engine, however, is an all-new unit and details are still unknown. AutoCar is reporting that the V12 should displace 6.0L (as compared to the 6.75L Phantom ) and share major architecture with the 4.4L direct-injected and turbocharged V8 in the 750i. Only about 20% of the parts that make up the 200EX are said to be common with the new 7 Series. The 200EX should measure about 18 inches shorter than the behemoth Phantom, but it is larger than the 7 Series and has its own unique wheelbase dimensions. Meanwhile, the design of the 200EX concept is thought to be exactly what will appear on the production RR4 at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Hyundai...LOLOLOL
        • 6 Years Ago
        "That would be the exact group of people they're trying to hit. "

        Yup, and unfortunately you fialed to hit my point, the issue is, Bentley already sells quite well in this demographic and produces a car which feels more expensive than this without being more expensive than this. yes a few producers will buy it, but In these times, I'm not convinced BMW can put a massive dent in Bentley's sales, unless this is a pre-production hyundai knock off...
        wait... no... no... the new hyundai looks less cheap inside... nm. Yet another one for the biblically awful pile.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually there's a lot of Mitsuoka Galue in there, esp the interior. As usual, Bentley has nothing to fear from this even tackier feeling rolls. It's such an odd position for BMW to defend, closer to Bentley in money and substantially cheaper looking and feeling (if it holds given the current look and feel of the Rolls interiors vs the Brooklands et-al), I'm not sure Rolls will be able to capture as much of those Nouveau riche dollars they've sold some of their integrity to pursue. Let's be honest, this is a move down market, it’s is an attempt to capture the Paris Hilton dollar, and in that demographic I'm not sure this abomination will be able to trade solely on the brand's coat tails.

        Every time cars like this emerge, I thank God VW did such an outstanding job with Bentley.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is supposed to cost as much, if not more than the Phantom. To the person saying it's moving "down market" to the Paris Hilton price bracket. Isn't Paris worth like $40 million? That would be the exact group of people they're trying to hit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        haha...
        • 6 Years Ago
        whats up with the new name for the phantom? It's called the 200EX now? Phantom sounded better.

        /sarcasm.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok, I am a RR nut, but, this is the first time that RR has completely lossed me. It doesn't look anything like a RR at all. If it were for the flying lady it could be a really nice Hyundai.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No offense, but there is nothing Hyundai about this car.
        I mean, it isn't a Phantom. Baby Phantom if anything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the combo of BMW engineering and RR style is pretty sweet.

      big luxury sedans aren't really my thing but this car does it for me.

      i love the styling. so far from gimicky. almost understated but still maintains a commanding presence.

      think about it... a $200,000 BMW styled by Rolls-Royce? yes.......
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it looks good... but there's nothing like a nasty recession to make me care even less about ultralux cars. Still, I guess a guy can dream.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely love it, pure class. Takes the avoirdupois (look it up) of the Phantom, and puts it in a not-Suburban sized wrapper. Perfect.

      Note to Hyundai: If you insist on putting planks of wood in your cars *cough Equus cough* look here for some inspiration on how to go big, and go bold.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if those doors with the rear suicides will make it to production. That's a touch of class in a gussied up 7-Series.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rover 75 anyone?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but this is a little disappointing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree with what others have said about the cabin, it just doesn't look special & bespoke... it does look like quality materials have been used, but it is a bit dull and mainstream to my tastes.

      Looking at the pics, the side on view lines don't seem to work, the wind-screen line doesn't fit with the rest of the cars lines IMO, it's slightly to rakish.

      I reckon Bentley's soon(ish) to be released new Arnage will easily trump this Roller in the looks and desirability departments.

      M.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The wheels look just like the Bentley Continental GT's. The grille looks so stupid sunken in like that. A Rolls-Royce traditionally should have a very prominent, upright, IN YOUR FACE THIS IS A RR!!!!!!!! kind of grille. Not this 300C RR conversion kit wanabe grille. Other than that, it looks just like a baby Phantom.
      • 6 Years Ago
      now that's class done right
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would indeed be "sweet" if the "related" 4.4TT means it will be packed by a pair of turbos ... *wink wink*.
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