Rolls-Royce Celebrates Its Convertible Premiere

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Rolls-Royce Celebrates Its Convertible Premiere
Rolls-Royce Celebrates Its Convertible Premiere

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Video: Rolls-Royce Celebrates Its Convertible Premiere
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Rolls-Royce celebrates the premiere of a new luxury convertible at the motor show. The two-seater with twelve cylinders should go into series production from the summer.

Rolls-Royce is showing the series version of the luxury convertible Drophead Coupé for the first time at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. According to the British luxury brand in Goodwood, the open two-door model is based on the monumental experimental vehicle 100EX, with which the company caused a sensation in 2004.

Long bonnet, big wheels

Like the study, the production vehicle also has a number of typical design features of the Rolls-Royce brand, but these were implemented in a less formal way. There is a long bonnet, large wheels, a short body overhang at the front, a long overhang at the rear and a side line sloping towards the rear. Precious woods, leather covers as well as chrome and stainless steel should ensure a luxurious appearance inside and out.

The most striking element of the Drophead Coupé is the aerodynamically shaped front with a new radiator grille, over which the legendary "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament towers. Narrow LED auxiliary lights are positioned above the round headlights. The two side doors are hinged at the back and open against the direction of travel.

Five layers of fabric

With the fully automatic hood, five layers of fabric should provide good noise insulation. The Nobel convertible is powered by a 6.75 liter V12 engine with direct petrol injection, which has 338 kW / 460 hp and a maximum torque of 720 Newton meters (Nm). A six-speed automatic takes over the power transmission. The top speed is limited to 240 kilometers per hour.

After the public premiere at the Detroit trade fair (January 13-21), production of the Drophead Coupé is scheduled to start at the Goodwood plant in the summer. Rolls-Royce has not yet given any information on prices. (dpa)