To celebrate the 100th birthday of Rolls-Royce, BMW allowed RR to present an extraordinary concept-car at the International Motor Show of Geneva, in 2004: the 100EX.
According the original brochure
for that car, Rolls-Royce tried to design a motor yacht on wheels.
I think they were successful,
I have seen smaller cars that were called "bus" or "truck",
and I saw supersportscars with less power!
To show that the new crew, not
at Crewe, but located at the new factory on Goodwood, is able to continue
the RR standard of highest craftmanship, the front hood, and the frame
of the windshield were made of a single piece of aluminium, each.
The radiator mascot is made of pure silver.
Have also a look at the rear-hinged doors.
The 100EX is powered by a 9-liter
V16 engine with 64 valves!
The car has a 6-gear-automatic transmission.
wheelbase: 347cm (16,5cm shorter than the Phantom wheelbase)
engine: V16, 9-liter, 64 valves, "sufficient" power
tires: front 255/50 R21, rear 285/45 R21
Two years later, at the Geneva
Motor Show 2006,
Rolls-Royce showed a V12 powered Coupé-version of the 100EX.
The wheelbase was shortened, again.
engine: V12, 6,75liter, 453hp
tires: front 255/50R21, rear 285/45R21
Phantom Drophead Coupé
In 2007, Rolls-Royce presented
the production model of the 100EX.
Powered by the standard V12, instead of a V16 that powered the convertible-prototype.
Dimensions are almost identical to the 101EX Coupé.
The plan is to produce about 200 Drophead Coupés per year, the first 200 cars are already sold...