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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 ultimate 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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.