• Mar 23rd 2009 at 1:30PM
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Rolls-Royce 200EX Geneva debut – Click above for high-res image gallery

Historically, Rolls-Royce has somewhat smugly declined to quote horsepower numbers, utilizing amusingly evasive language like "entirely sufficient" to describe its engines' power outputs. Perhaps a sign of the times, Rolls is now being a bit more forthcoming about details for its upcoming "baby" RR4 model, including approximate horsepower numbers.

The company has disclosed that the RR4 will be powered by a new, 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 engine that gives "upwards of 500bhp." Further, it will route that prodigious output through a ZF transmission with no less than eight forward ratios. Despite its ability to generate big power figures, Rolls says that one important drivetrain figure will be smaller than any other Rolls on the market: C02 output.

The news came from CEO Tom Purves himself at a New York press event for the 200EX, where the Geneva concept car is making its first stop on a world tour designed to get prospective clients in the car and booking orders for the production RR4 version.

The BMW-owned British automaker has long been famous for its peerless interiors and isolated ride, but Purves promises that the RR4 will bring with it a new emphasis on driving entertainment: "... 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."

While we don't expect Porsche Cayman-baiting dynamics, we look forward to seeing what the company views as more involved driving dynamics when the car starts rolling out the front doors of its Goodwood production facility. Official press release after the jump.

[Source: Rolls-Royce]



  • 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.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I really want one, but if they throw that motor in the F01 7-series, that's what I'd dreaming of slightly more realistically. Still it's gonna do better than 500bhp, if the old 6.0 made 438bhp and the current 4.4 makes 400, take half again 400 and you get 600. I'd expect 550 at least... but then again tq is more of a factor in these boats.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      A pet peeve, but could you guys PLEASE type CO2 ("O" being the letter) instead of C02 ("0" being the number), since we are talking about carbon dioxide here, right? You know... one carbon and two oxygen, not two zeros.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well on its way to slaying the Flying Spur and S600. We'll se how the next versions of those two can compare.

      Might be my new favorite vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Phantom = bloated, ugly, gaudy, lardy.
      this = trim (relatively), nice-looking, classy, good weight.
      Hmmm...which one should I choose?
      • 6 Years Ago
      500HP out of a Turbo V12 looks too low.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That and they are probably being modest and its underrated considering they usually don't quote power figures at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What if it makes 500hp at 5000rpm? and 553ft-lbs from 1500-4500
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it's not AS ugly as the Phantom.

      Granted, that's not saying much.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't see the 300C anywhere in those pics... Not even slightly...?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Just wait till the Chrysler 300C conversion kit comes out for this. Suddenly it'll look like people in the hood have the "New Rolls"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it. New favourite luxury-car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That transmission, in addition to 8 forward ratios, will have 3 rear speeds (with Overdrive), and 2 neutrals...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd rather have 9 forward gears and 2 reverse instead of 8 forward 3 reverse.

        neutral & geared neutral?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think he was joking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When a recession - depression is beginning to fill your rear view mirror there is nothing like mucho power to make the economic issues fade fast as you pull away................
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