At a press conference in New York, the first stop in a world tour to showcase the 200EX to potential customers, Rolls-Royce CEO, Tom Purves revealed the powertrain specifications for the new model.
The RR4 will be powered by a bespoke 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 engine which should produce more than 373kW, combined with an eight-speed automatic ZF gearbox.
Speaking at the event, Mr Purves said, “There has been a great deal of interest in this car since we first talked about producing a new model series in the autumn of 2006 and the reaction 200EX received at its unveiling at Geneva was very positive. As we move another step closer to the start of production at Goodwood, it is exciting to be able to share some of the specific technical details with customers and the media.”
This new drivetrain will significantly improve fuel and CO2 efficiency over the already class leading Phantom series of cars.
He continued, “RR4 will deliver an authentic Rolls-Royce experience to owners, so expect peerless comfort and build quality. However, we have consciously engineered this car to be more involving and dynamic for those owners around the world that will wish to drive it themselves.”
Further details will be released in the coming months as the 200EX makes its way around the globe, visiting New York (23-25 March), Singapore (3 and 4 April), Miami (19 and 20 May), Los Angeles (26-28 May), London (9-11 June) and finally Cannes (2-4 July).