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May 13, 2014

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection Unveiled

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection, which is the latest model from its Bespoke Collection. The limited-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe pays homage to the Rolls-Royce-powered Bluebird K3 boat that set a world-record speed in 1937.

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March 11, 2014

Rolls-Royce Plug-in Hybrid Expected Soon

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Rolls-Royce buyers haven't really asked for an electrified Rolls-Royce, but that doesn't mean that it isn't going to happen soon. Due to increasing emissions regulations, Rolls-Royce will likely release a plug-in hybrid within in the next two to three years.

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March 4, 2014

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Debuts in Geneva

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II, which is the first significant update to the Ghost since it was introduced in 2009.

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February 26, 2014

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Teased

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Rolls-Royce is planning an updated for the 2015 Ghost sedan, with the updated model being labeled the Ghost Series II. The Ghost was unveiled back in 2009 and now the 2015 Ghost is getting the model's first significant update.

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November 11, 2013

First Drive: 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith - A Driver's Rolls-Royce? (Review)

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What do you think of when you hear the name Rolls-Royce? Most of us picture being driven in a big, luxurious over the top sedan with your own driver and a multi-person staff waiting back for you at your mansion in the hills. Rolls-Royce caters to a select group of individuals that most likely have CEO next to their name on their business card, but would this same group of buyers be willing to leave their driver at home and take the wheel? Let's hope so for Rolls-Royce's sake...

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November 6, 2013

Rolls-Royce Celestial Phantom Unveiled with 446 Diamonds in Dubai

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled the ultimate Phantom, the bespoke Celestial Phantom that has 446 diamonds hand-set into the door-cappings, center console lid and rear-privacy divider. This one-of-a-kind Phantom celebrates a seminal moment in Rolls-Royce history - the handover of the first Phantom to its owner at midnight on January 1, 2003.

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November 4, 2013

Rolls-Royce Wraith Convertible Confirmed for 2015

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Rolls-Royce has revealed that a convertible version of the new Wraith will arrive sometime around 2015. Rolls-Royce boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös recently told Autocar that the Wraith convertible will borrow styling cues from the Phantom Drophead Coupe.

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October 30, 2013

Rolls-Royce Creates the Goodwood-Inspired Chicane Phantom Coupé

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled the one-off Chicane Phantom Coupé, which features design cues and materials that evoke Goodwood's rich motor sport history. The coupe was created by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager, Mohammed EL-Arishy after he dined at the Goodwood Hotel, adjacent to the home of Rolls-Royce. Photographs of motor racing greats negotiating the historic Goodwood motor circuit drew his eye.

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April 29, 2013

Rolls-Royce Wraith Convertible Confirmed, but No SUV is Planned

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Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos has confirmed that a convertible version of the new Wraith is in the works. Muller-Otvos told Auto Express, "the design certainly lends itself to a drophead coupe, and I think that will be the next variant."

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April 18, 2013

Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary Collection Debuts

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It's been a century, this June since four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts embarked on the Austrian Alpine Trials. In performing without fault over 1820 grueling miles of near impassable mountain terrain, the Rolls-Royce Works Team and privateer entrant James Radley helped cement the marque's reputation for peerless reliability and mechanical excellence.

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March 4, 2013

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Photos Unlocked

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We're less than 24 hours away from the start of the Geneva Motor Show, which means that all the news is starting to slip out early. Here are the first photos of the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which is going debut to tomorrow.

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February 25, 2013

Rolls-Royce Teases the 2014 Wraith One Last Time

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Rolls-Royce has released the final teaser photo of the upcoming 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which is going to be unveiled next week at the Geneva Motor Show. This final teaser photo reveals that the Wraith will have be fastback.

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February 11, 2013

Rolls-Royce Teases the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Again

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Rolls-Royce has released the second photo of the upcoming 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5.

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January 22, 2013

2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith Teased

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Rolls-Royce has released this teaser of its upcoming new model, the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith, which will debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in March.

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October 29, 2012

Rolls-Royce Updates the 2013 Ghost

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Rolls-Royce has announced the updates to the 2013 Ghost, which gets some subtle enhancements. The interior of the 2013 Ghost is covered in soft, natural grain leather, complemented by cross banded wood veneers, which according to the automaker, creates "an atmosphere of sumptuous luxury."

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August 20, 2012

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Collection Unveiled

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection, which is inspired by Charles Stewart Rolls and the legend of the Schneider Trophy-winning Supermarine S6B.

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July 1, 2011

Mini Inspired by Goodwood Lists for £41,000, which is Equivalent to $65k

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The Mini Inspired by Goodwood now has a price tag, which starts at £41,000 in the UK. The "Rolls-Royce of Minis" is officially on sale in the UK, with deliveries starting in March 2012.

Mechanically the "Mini Inspired by Goodwood" is equivalent to the Mini Cooper S, but this special Mini gets new exterior and interior tweaks that were developed by Rolls-Royce. On the inside it gets Corn Silk beige leather on the center console, instrument panel, seats and doors. The dashboard and door handle surfaces are finished in Walnut Burr.

Only 1,000 units will be produced with an unspecified number headed to the US. US pricing hasn't been released, but the UK price is equivalent to $65,671.

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June 27, 2011

Rolls-Royce Unveils the One-Off Masterpiece London 2011 Phantom Drophead Coupe

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Rolls-Royce has presented the one-off Masterpiece London 2011 Phantom Drophead Coupe in Goodwood, England.

The model was created for Masterpiece London 2011 and was designed to capture the essence of a perfect weekend get-away, offering drivers and their passengers the rolls_royce_phantom_drophead_coupe_masterpiece_3.jpgultimate luxurious and relaxing experience in roof-down motoring. The Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coupe hosts a suite of additional bespoke design details, including teak decking, engraved tread plates and Spirit of Ecstasy with inscription that marks the centenary of the world's most famous bonnet icon.

Inside the Drophead Coupe gets a one-off jewelry box that lives in the glove compartment that is designed to hold rings, cufflinks and earrings. The coupe also comes with bespoke luggage that includes four cases.

The Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coupe is also the first Rolls-Royce to be presented in Mazarine Blue, a bespoke finish that joins a palette of 44,000 shades already available to clients ordering Phantom models.

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April 12, 2011

Shanghai 11' Preview: Rolls-Royce Makes a Mini

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Mini is going to be unveiling a very special Cooper S at the Shanghai Motor Show next week. The "Mini inspired by Goodwood" was developed under the guidance of the Rolls-Royce designer team. The exterior and interior design features were developed at the Rolls-Royce Design division in the southern English town of Goodwood.

On the inside the dashboard, including the surrounds of the central instrument and the air vents, the centre console, carpet surfaces, the Lounge leather seats, the roof lining as well as the door, side and body pillar cladding boast the exclusive Rolls-Royce color Cornsilk. The dashboard and door handle surfaces, which are manufactured in Goodwood and are finished in Walnut Burr. The Mini Inspired by Goodwood also boasts Cashmere roof linings, sun visors and rear storage tray as well as foot mats boasting a deep-pile lambswool quality also featured in current Rolls-Royce models.

Under the hood is the turbocharged 1.6L that puts out 184 horsepower. The engine cane be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. It will reach 0-62 mph in 7.0 seconds.

Mini has confirmed that the Goodwood edition will be produced starting in spring 2012. Only 1,000 units will be produced.

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March 28, 2011

Rolls-Royce Opens its Largest Showroom in Abu Dhabi

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Rolls-Royce has just opened its largest showroom in the world in Abu Dhabi.

The largest Rolls-Royce showroom is in the Umm Al Nar area of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The showroom is over 9687 square feet, which provides space for displaying five Rolls-Royce cars, a coffee bar and a customer configuration lounge including color and trim samples.

Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös said, "The showroom opening in Abu Dhabi represents one of a line of new and expanded Rolls‑Royce showrooms which have been unveiled throughout the Gulf region in the last 18 months. These investments underline the continuing confidence that the company sees in the Rolls-Royce brand across the Middle East". He continued, "The Middle East region continues to be an important driver in the global growth of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Last year the region contributed over 15% of our global sales. Abu Dhabi is no exception and continues to demonstrate remarkable year on year growth."

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February 24, 2010

Geneva 10' Preview: Mansory Rolls Royce Ghost is Over the Top with 720-HP

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Rolls Royce has let automobile refiner Kourosh Mansory individualize the Rolls Royce Ghost to create the Mansory Ghost. The Mansory Ghost is immediately distinguished by its Gold and Blue exterior. The exterior is mainly painted in blue with the gold accentuating the grille and side skirts.

The modifications are not only on the outside since the Mansory Ghost gets a bump in power to 720-hp up from 570-hp in the Ghost. The extra horsepower accelerates the car from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds.

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September 7, 2009

Rolls Royce Releases More Photos and Details About the 2011 Ghost

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Rolls Royce has released several new photos and more info about the 2011 Ghost.

The 2011 Ghost will have its official unveiling at the Frankfurt Show. It is powered by a 563-hp 6.6-liter V12 with 575 lb-ft. of torque. That's enough to propel the Ghost from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.

The Ghost was previewed by the 200EX concept earlier this year and for the most part remains unchanged.

"200EX is a modern execution of timeless Rolls-Royce elegance, breaking with some areas of tradition but retaining the core values that make our marque unique," said Chief Executive Officer Tom Purves. "We expect the more informal design to broaden the appeal of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, attracting people who appreciate its fusion of refinement, new technology and contemporary style."

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July 21, 2009

Rolls Royce Ghost Officially Puts out 563 HP

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Rolls Royce has released the official horsepower numbers of the Rolls Royce Ghost. The Ghost's 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V12 pumps out 563 hp and 575 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. The Ghost reaches 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Rolls Royce also confirmed that sales of the Ghost in the UK and Europe will begin late in 2009 with pricing from £165,000.

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March 23, 2009

Rolls Royce Confirms 500+ HP V12 Engine for RR4

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Rolls Royce unveiled the 200EX concept at the Geneva Moor Show earlier this month and now has officially confirmed that the production version, dubbed the RR4 will be powered by a new 6.6L V12 engine that will have "upwards of 500bhp."

The V12 engine will be mated to a new ZF 8-speed transmission.

CEO Tom Purves confirmed the details at a press event in New York where the 200EX is currently starting a world tour. Purves claims that the RR4 will be more involving and dynamic for those owners that would rather drive than be driven.

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February 19, 2009

Geneva 09' Preview: Rolls-Royce 200EX Concept Details Leaked

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The Daily Telegraph has apparently broken the embargo on the Rolls-Royce 200EX Concept that will be officially unveiled next month at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Rolls-Royce 200EX Concept previews the new smaller Rolls-Royce RR4 that will be released in 2010.

Rolls-Royce chief designer, Ian Cameron, said: "The 200EX has a dynamic edge to its styling and is noticeably less formal than previous models. Its size, style and expression broaden the appeal of the car, making it more appropriate for a wider range of circumstances.

"It is a touring saloon with more than a little panache and perhaps more bravado than one might have expected from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. What you see is a modern car that is immediately recognisable as a true Rolls-Royce, even from angles that obscure the grille and Spirit of Ecstasy. Design elements such as the elevated prow, long bonnet, short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant tail give the 200EX an air of informal presence – powerful but unobtrusive."

The 200EX shares about 20 percent of its parts with the BMW 7 Series and is expected to be powered by an all-new V12 engine. The production version of the RR4 is expected to be unveiled in Frankfurt this fall.

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June 25, 2008

Teaser Image of the Pininfarina Hyperion Released...It's Based on a Rolls Royce

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Pininfarina announced today the upcoming unveiling of a new Special Project carrozzeria, the project named “Pininfarina Hyperion”, is based on a Rolls Royce Drophead Coupè.

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May 27, 2008

Rolls-Royce Releases Official Sketches Its Baby Phantom, the RR4

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Rolls-Royce has released the first official design sketches of the automakers next new model, known as the RR4.

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February 16, 2008

Geneva 2008 Preview: 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Unveiled

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled the coupe version of the Phantom that is going to be officially unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show next month.

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September 28, 2007

BMW Wants to Sell 2 Million Vehicles a Year by 2020 by Adding a Fourth Brand

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BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer has revealed a few of BMW's plans for th next ten plus years. The automaker has set a five year goal of selling 1.8 million vehicles per year by 2012 and 2 million vehicles by 2020.

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May 4, 2007

What are the Most Wanted Cars in the U.S. for 2007?

Edmunds.com has posted a list of the most wanted cars in 2007 based on reader feedback. Out of the 32 categories you may be surprised which automaker took home the most awards....

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May 2, 2007

Auto Sales Dip Due to a Slowing Economy


April's auto sales numbers have just been posted and almost every major automaker had a sales decrease last month. Even the Asian automakers that have been making headlines for their sales gains, took a hit.

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