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Rolls-Royce mulling V16 roadster, SUV

Posted Feb 22nd 2013 5:45PM

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe - dead-on front view

Rolls-Royce may be working on a new, mega-powerful roadster for 2017. CAR reports the convertible would conceivably boast a V16 engine. Of course, the report gets a little muddled here, with CAR saying the engine would be very similar to that of the one that powers the Bugatti Veyron. We all know the French machine makes use of a W16 mill. Even so, the article says the Rolls-Royce version would put down around 700 horsepower, which would help push the convertible to a top speed of 268 mph (431 km/h). Design wise, we're told the creation will feature a suitably long nose with the passenger compartment pushed far to the rear.

Of course, 2017 is a long way off, and the thought of a 16-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine bowing under the crush of ever more stringent government fuel efficiency and emission regulations seems unlikely. We'll just put this one in the wait-and-see file for the time being. In the interim, you can hop over to CAR for a closer look at the magazine's rendering of the would-be roadster. If a V16 convertible does happen, look for a smug look on Rowan Atkinson's face.

Oh, and about that SUV? There's not much to report, though CAR does note that officials are keeping a close eye on rival Bentley and its plans for a luxury utility vehicle. Rolls brand boss Harald Krüger has even gone so far as to admit "we're regularly debating whether to take action."


Rolls Royce CEO at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

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