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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