Historically, Rolls-Royce has somewhat smugly declined to quote horsepower numbers, utilizing amusingly evasive language like “entirely enough” to describe its engines’ power outputs. Probably a sign of the occasions, Rolls is now getting a bit more forthcoming about facts for its upcoming “baby” RR4 model, like approximate horsepower numbers.
The firm has disclosed that the RR4 will be powered by a new, 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 engine that provides “upwards of 500bhp.” Additional, it will route that prodigious output via a ZF transmission with no much less than eight forward ratios. Regardless of its potential to create huge power figures, Rolls says that one critical drivetrain figure will be smaller than any other Rolls on the marketplace: C02 output.
The news came from CEO Tom Purves himself at a New York press event for the 200EX, exactly where the Geneva notion car is creating its initial stop on a globe tour created to get potential customers in the vehicle and booking orders for the production RR4 version.
The BMW-owned British automaker has extended been popular for its peerless interiors and isolated ride, but Purves promises that the RR4 will bring with it a new emphasis on driving entertainment: “… we have consciously engineered this auto to be more involving and dynamic for these owners around the planet that will wish to drive it themselves.”
Although we don’t anticipate Porsche Cayman-baiting dynamics, we look forward to seeing what the business views as far more involved driving dynamics when the car starts rolling out the front doors of its Goodwood production facility. Official press release after the jump.