As we’ve told you before, Rolls-Royce is working on filling the gap between the Phantom and the BMW 7-Series by introducing a baby Phantom sometime right before 2010. Since Bentley has done very well by targeting customers with the Continental Flying Spur and a price tag of less than $200,000, Rolls-Royce will now be hoping to do the same.
Spies have recently caught a 7-Series based prototype making rounds in Germany that is expected to be a test vehicle for the upcoming baby Rolls-Royce Phantom. Even though we’ve been calling it the ‘Baby Phantom,’ the car will still be pretty big, measuring 5.5 meters in length. It will still remain longer than the next-generation BMW 7-Series and 300mm shorter than the daddy Phantom.
Power is expected to come from a 6.0L V12 engine that produces 550 horsepower. That would give the baby Phantom the ability to do 0-62 in just 5.5 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Even though the car will go head-to-head with the Continental Flying Spur, it won’t be as sporty. Instead, it will keep its luxurious Rolls-Royce fashion, which is mainly meant for cruising and showing off your ‘bling.’
According to AutoExpress, the car will make its debut at a major auto show sometime towards the end of 2008 – most likely the 2008 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will make its market debut in the UK in early 2009 and in the U.S. in late 2009 as a 2010 model year.
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