So we finally saw the first official sketched of the upcoming baby-Phantom, otherwise known as the RR4. So what’s the point of this new model and what can we expect?
Well Rolls-Royce currently sells fewer than 1,000 Phantom models a year. With pricing of the RR4 to be right above $225,000, sales are expected increase well over a 1,000 units a year.
The Rolls-Royce RR4 will share platform with upcoming next-generation 2009 BMW 7-Series. Even though the platform will help cut some of the pounds, the RR4 is still expected to weigh well over 5,000 pounds. According to CarandDriver, BMW will fit the RR4 with a modified version of the V8 twin-turbo from the BMW X6. A diesel option will join the RR4 lineup in the future.
Rolls-Royce has already started preparing for the RR4 production at its Goodwood, England plant and expects sales to begin in the later part of 2009 or early 2010. The Rolls-Royce will be aimed directly at Bentley’s Continental Flying Spur.
Rolls-Royce RR4 Design Sketches: