New Rolls-Royce Convertible To Arrive in Showrooms by Mid-2016 | Edmunds

New Rolls-Royce Convertible To Arrive in Showrooms by Mid-2016


Just the Facts:
  • Rolls-Royce confirmed on Tuesday that a new convertible model is set to arrive in showrooms by mid-2016.
  • It is expected to be a "drophead" version of the current Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe, Edmunds has learned.
  • "We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership," said Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls-Royce CEO in a statement.

GOODWOOD, England — Rolls-Royce confirmed on Tuesday that a new convertible model is set to arrive in showrooms by mid-2016.

It is expected to be a "drophead" version of the current Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe, Edmunds has learned.

Rolls-Royce did not confirm the name or pedigree of the car. It will likely be known as the "Wraith Drophead," although some within the company favor reviving the old Corniche name for what will be the brand's most expensive open-top model.

"We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership," said Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls-Royce CEO in a statement.

Key details about the ultra-luxury convertible, such as U.S. launch timing and pricing, are not available at this point.

It's likely that the new Rolls-Royce drop top would be cross-shopped against such high-end offerings as the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse and Porsche 911 Turbo S convertible.

"The car will build on the success of (the Rolls-Royce) Phantom, Ghost and Wraith by continuing to boldly shape the future of the marque with contemporary, graceful and sensuous styling," the automaker said. "It will deliver effortless, open-top touring through the perfect marriage of modern Rolls-Royce luxury, style and elegance with an engaging and exhilarating driving experience."

The automaker said the new car will "play a key part in fulfilling Rolls-Royce Motor Car's commitment to long-term sustainable growth."

The convertible is currently undergoing prototype testing.

Edmunds says: A drop-top version of the elegant Rolls-Royce Wraith is in the pipeline.

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