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by Tim Beissmann

A prototype of the Rolls-Royce Ghost Coupe has been spotted on the streets of Munich, Germany, fuelling speculation that the BMW-owned British luxury car maker is on the verge of relaunching the Rolls-Royce Corniche nameplate.

Despite the best attempts of Rolls-Royce’s engineers to create the appearance of rear doors on the heavily disguised prototype, the Ghost Coupe will be a traditional two-door with rear-hinged suicide doors like the larger Phantom Coupe.

The prototype features a dramatic sloping roofline and a shallow glasshouse, clearly differentiating it from the Ghost sedan in profile. While the tail-light design looks set to carry over from the four-door to the two-door, the prototype appears to feature a shorter rear overhang giving it a sportier silhouette.

Riding on the same chassis as the four-door, the Ghost Coupe is expected to be powered by the 420kW/780Nm 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine from the sedan, which should launch the new two-door from 0-100km/h in under five seconds.

Rumours suggest the Ghost Coupe could revive the Rolls-Royce Corniche name, with BMW Group registering the legendary nameplate with the European trademark office last month. Others believe the Corniche name will be reserved for a convertible version of the coupe.

CarAdvice’s spy photographers believe the Ghost Coupe will be unveiled during 2013, potentially at the Frankfurt motor show in September, ahead of its 2014 launch.

If the Ghost Coupe follows the lead of the larger Phantom Coupe, the sportier two-door will carry a price premium over the sedan, which could potentially push the price out beyond $700,000.




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