It's almost hard to take this one seriously: An electric version of the Rolls Royce Phantom. Really? But it's fascinating to walk around if only because it stretches the idea of what we think an electric car is/can be. Brian Cooley decides he would just as soon live in the thing as drive it.
Luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a unit of German auto giant BMW, said over the weekend that it had developed a fully electric-powered car, but did not say when the model would enter production.
Rolls-Royce said the prototype, dubbed the 102EX and based on its top-end "Phantom" model, will be put through various tests during 2011.
The normal Phantom is powered by a 6.75 liter 12-cylinder engine, at least three to four times the size of the engine on a typical family sedan, and gets about 14 mpg.
Rolls-Royce said it will display the prototype at the … Read more
A 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Coupe once owned by John Lennon is scheduled with be sold at Bonhams' Paris sale of Motor Cars at the Grand Palais, February 5, 2011.
The car was hand-picked by Lennon, after he got his driver's license for the first time, in 1965.
According to Lennon biographer Philip Norman, several luxury auto dealers in the Weybridge area, "jammed the road outside Kenwood's security gates with Maseratis, Aston Martins, and a Jaguar XK-E." But Lennon chose the ?2,000 light blue 300-horsepower, 4.0-liter, V12 Ferrari. He owned the car … Read more
Rolls-Royce wants you to know that despite its success with the "more approachable" Ghost (MSRP: $245,000), they haven't lowered the luxury bar or gone downmarket.
"Ghost is a more approachable Rolls-Royce that is bringing an entirely new type of customer to the Rolls-Royce brand," said CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes said in a press statement. "But in Paris we are also demonstrating how we continue to strengthen our position as the pinnacle luxury brand, thanks to the enduring appeal of Phantom family and the depth of our bespoke personalization service."
To prove its point, … Read more
RIM gears up to take over your dashboard, Toyota facing a record fine for buggy car tech...Best Buy has its eye on dealer showrooms...The first iPad in dash is spotted...And we spot a Ghost--hell, we thrash the damned thing.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 163 SHOW NOTES
We take you on a walking tour of the New York show, including the hot BMW 335is, Hyundai Sonata Turbo & Hybrid, Chevy Cruze Eco, the supposedly compact Rolls Royce Ghost, and we even bump into Fudgie the Whale.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 162 SHOW NOTES
I went to the 2010 New York International Auto Show to listen to car audio systems. Weird, yes, but I'm the audio guy, and a lot of cars have expensive audio systems. It's not hard to drop more than a couple of thousand dollars on a car system, which is probably more than most folks spend on their home hi-fis. I thought the same thing last year.
I get it; if you spend a lot of time in your car, it's easy to justify the expense, but dollar for dollar, car systems are pretty lame compared to … Read more
The first thing the Rolls-Royce representative explained to us as we got ready for a drive in the all-new Rolls-Royce Ghost was how to get into and out of the car. We've put our butts in the seats of many cars before, but the Ghost, despite its more modest dimensions when compared to the Phantom, still requires a certain decorum.
To get into the Ghost, we were advised to face outwards and sit down, then swing both legs into the footwell. Reverse the process for exit. This technique allows ladies to keep their knees together. Try it in a normal car and you will bang your head and scrape your knees on the door sill. But the Ghost, with its carriage-style doors (called suicide doors in some circles), accommodates this maneuver easily.
Rolls-Royce built the Ghost, which is about a foot and a half shorter than the Phantom, to be less imposing than its older stable mate. While the Phantom is a car you might reserve for special occasions, we were told that the Ghost is supposed to be an everyday driver, as long as $240,000 is in your practical car buying budget.
As such, the big chrome grille is inset into the front of the car, topped by the graceful curve of the hood, rather than the imposing structure on the Phantom. The sides show simplicity, with a single belt line stretching back to the taillights. And with the roof almost a foot and a half lower than the Phantom's, the Ghost cuts a more modest silhouette.
Blogger Alex Smolik spotted a rare Rolls Royce Drophead with a brushed-steel hood and a yellow Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. Both cars are from Qatar. The 1.5 minute shaky, hand-shot video shows off these cars on a Parisian street.
Roughly a week ago, the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show wrapped up an exciting ten or so days of new cars being paraded around for industry insiders. A few days ago I presented a video clip in this blog documenting what Edmunds.com believed to be highlights of the Frankfurt festivities. One of the new cars coming out that caught my attention was the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost. So I spent this evening doing some digging around on what this latest Rolls-Royce production model was all about, and this video is the best synopsis of this classy ride.
This video produced by … Read more