Rolls Royce


PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 February, 2009, 12:00am

Rolls-Royce shows 200EX concept Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its latest experimental car, the 200EX, at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

The 200EX is a design study for a contemporary four-door saloon with a V12 engine on 20-inch wheels and shows the direction for RR4, a new model series from Rolls-Royce due for production in 2010, the marque says. The 200EX seems less formal than previous models, and its size, style and expression 'broaden the appeal of the car', the marque says.

The 200EX 'is a touring saloon with more than a little panache and perhaps more bravado than one might have expected from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars', says the marque's chief designer, Ian Cameron. The upward-sweeping sill line and low-cut roof create a powerful profile, the marque says, adding: 'The tapered rear is enhanced by powerful shoulders and flanks that draw in sharply, narrowing as they flow from the rear wings to the tail lights. The rear-hinged coach doors give the car 'a natural presence and sense of theatre', the marque says of a feature that was revived in 2003 in the Phantom. Opening through 83 degrees, 'the coach doors offer the widest rear access in the car industry', the marque says. At the front, a pair of LED headlights flank the latest evolution of the marque's grille.

'We wanted this to be less reminiscent of the traditional Parthenon style and more like a jet intake,' Cameron says. The sides of the intake have been curved inwards and the vanes set back into the opening. It's a more dynamic form that moves on from the design first seen on the Phantom Drophead Coupe.

The 200EX is finished in darkest tungsten, which contrasts with the silver satin bonnet and A-pillar. The interior is finished in supple, cr?me light leather, with cornsilk carpets and a cashmere blend headliner.