Kicking off a series of worldwide show-and-tell events for prospective customers, Rolls-Royce
CEO Tom Purves held a public press conference with the 200EX concept while in New York City to provide new details about the production model that it will spawn next year. Still code-named RR4, this slightly downsized and 1100-pound lighter cousin to the Phantom will carry a 500-plus horsepower 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 that will be "unique to Rolls-Royce" but share a number of design features with the V12 of parent company BMW
and backed by a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. That combo reportedly will yield both higher fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions than the already class-leading Phantom powertrains. Purves promised that despite its scaled-down dimensions, the RR4 will deliver an authentic Rolls-Royce experience with respect to comfort and quality. Unlike the frequently chauffer-piloted Phantom, he added that the RR4 was "consciously engineered to be more involving and dynamic for those owners around the world that will wish to drive it themselves." Pricing will likely open in the low-$200,000s, a bit more than half of what a Phantom currently commands.