We have video of the Rolls Royce Ghost Coupe at the Nurburgring. Could this Ghost Coupe arrive as the new Rolls Royce Corniche?
There was never any doubt that Rolls Royce would take the same route with the Ghost as they have with the Phantom by extending its appeal with a convertible and coupe option.
The Rolls Royce Ghost Coupe is getting closer – as this video of the Coupe blatting round the Nurburgring shows – but what exactly will the Ghost Coupe offer Rolls Royce buyers?
Rolls Royce already sees the Ghost not as a cheaper version of the Phantom but as the ‘Sporty’ face of Rolls Royce; a Rolls Royce for the owner driver rather than a car to be driven in. So there is sense in making a Ghost Coupe – which could be the new Rolls Royce Corniche – the RR answer to the new Bentley Continental GT Speed.
That will mean trying to make the Ghost lighter with plenty of carbon fibre, boosting power to something over 600bhp and giving it a lower, swoopier stance to make the Ghost Coupe a real ‘Gentleman’s Express’.
The Ghost Coupe in the video is heavily camouflaged, but it does look like the rear door shut lines are fake, so either Rolls Royce is planning a two door coupe, or perhaps smaller suicide doors at the back for a more elegant egress than clambering through the gap behind the front seats?
The debut of the Ghost Coupe is likely to be at Geneva in 2013 before a launch as a 2014 car. Despite it’s performance aspirations it will still be a luxury Rolls with all the usual RR attention to detail and a shrine to sybaritism.
And the new Rolls Royce Corniche won’t be cheap.
Thanks for the video, Timo.