Rolls-Royce Motors Cars Presents The Rolls-Royce
101EX At The Geneva Auto Show
Geneva - 101EX is the
latest experimental model to come from Rolls-Royce, hand-built to
explore a design direction for a modern coupé. Following the same
uncompromising approach employed for the Phantom, the new car is
an engineering-led design wrapped in a sleek, rakish coupé body.
its state-of-the-art, lightweight, aluminium space frame
chassis technology with the other Rolls-Royce models, albeit
in a body that is shorter overall. Power comes from the
Phantom's advanced, direct-injection, 6.75-litre V12 engine,
which delivers unstressed, effortless performance.
Currently there are
no plans for 101EX to be put into production. It is an experimental
car that explores future design directions, a showcase for the innovative
design and high-tech architecture that pervade the quintessential
modern Rolls-Royce car.
The handsome, low-slung
body of 101EX has been created by the Rolls-Royce design team under
the direction of chief designer Ian Cameron. While the space frame
technology has been borrowed from the Phantom, 101EX is shorter
and lower than that model: the wheelbase is 250 mm shorter and overall
length is down by 240 mm. All body panels, therefore, are new.
"The design suggests
tremendous, effortless power" (Ian Cameron)
101EX is powered by
the same 6.75-litre engine as the Phantom. Using advanced direct
fuel injection with variable valve lift and timing, the V12 combines
power with outstanding combustion efficiency. Designed to develop
massive low-down torque, it delivers 75 per cent of its maximum
pulling power at just 1000 rpm, giving the smooth, unstressed performance
associated with Rolls-Royce.
"101EX is a very
modern, 21st century interpretation of a classic Grand Touring coupé,"
says Rolls-Royce chief designer Ian Cameron.
The unique exterior
design features a discreet, streamlined grille, complete with Spirit
of Ecstasy mascot, that flows seamlessly back into the aluminium
bonnet and windscreen surround. LED sidelight and direction indicators
complement the round xenon driving lights.
Long, elegant coach
doors, hinged at the rear, allow easier access to the 101EX interior
than conventional front-hinged doors and add considerably to the
handsome profile. Each door closes at the touch of a button.
New seven-spoke, 21-inch,
forged aluminium wheels are used on the car, making them as tough
and as lightest as possible.
The cosseting 101EX
interior has been designed for elegance and maximum comfort for
all of its occupants, featuring machined aluminium, the finest leather
and exquisite rosewood and red oak veneers. Even the side and rear
windows have wood surrounds.
"The interior uses
traditional materials in a modern way," says Alan Sheppard who,
together with Charles Coldham, was responsible for the car's interior
design. Front slim-line, bucket-style seats offer outstanding comfort.
Rear seating is exceptionally spacious for a coupé, with privacy
ensured by the sweeping C-pillars.
"101EX is a response
to the interest expressed by current and potential Rolls-Royce clients
in a coupé," says Rolls-Royce chairman and CEO Ian Robertson. "It
is an experimental car only, but one designed and engineered to
a high standard. It radiates refinement, performance and presence."
It is the company's
second experimental car in 24 months, following 100EX, which was
seen at Geneva in 2004 and marked the company's Centenary. "It shows
that Rolls-Royce continues to operate from a position of strength,
and that we are keen to explore new directions for the brand," adds
experimental car, 1EX, was built in 1919 and based on the Silver
The styling of 101EX
is more driver-focused than that of the longer Phantom. According
to Ian Cameron, "It is a less formal car, more streamlined, more
about the individual."