Rolls-Royce revealed the first design sketches today of its next new model — the 2010 Rolls-Royce RR4 — the same one we gave you details for back in January. The new boxy luxe roller will sit alongside and just to the left of the Phantom model in the line-up as it's a wee bit smaller than the ghost-like Rolls. As we already knew, the new model will be powered by an all-new engine unique to the luxe brand, but we don't have much more in the way of details other than the above sketches released at Goodwood today. Nevertheless, feel free to hit the jump for the full press release and to ask us to pass the mustard. By the way, are we the only ones who think it looks a little bit like someone mixed a Chrysler 300C with a 2009 Chevy Camaro? Maybe we just need coffee.
ROLLS-ROYCE RELEASES FIRST SKETCHES OF RR4 27 May 2008, Goodwood
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today revealed the first design sketches of its next new model. Known as RR4, the car is due to be launched in 2010 and will sit alongside the Phantom model line-up. RR4 will be smaller than Phantom and powered by a new engine, unique to Rolls-Royce.
The design was signed off in 2007 and engineering development is now fully underway. The Goodwood manufacturing facilities are being completely reconfigured to accommodate the RR4, with extended paint, wood and leather shops as well as a second assembly line. The company will move to a two shift system next year as it gears up for full production of the new model.
Chief designer, Ian Cameron, said, "Effortless performance and standard-setting levels of comfort and efficiency, executed with the utmost care and attention, remain fundamentals of Rolls-Royce design. The RR4 has a more informal presence than the Phantom models with a greater emphasis on driving. In design terms this is expressed through its slightly smaller dimensions and more organic form, yet with powerful, purposeful proportions. It is a true and uncompromising Rolls-Royce in every sense."
Further design and engineering details will be announced during the course of 2009.
"RR4 will mark a milestone in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars", said Chairman, Ian Robertson. "The business continues to go from strength to strength and the introduction of this new model will further expand the appeal of the brand. We look forward to this next chapter with anticipation and confidence."