“Is that an American car, daddy?”, my daughter asked as I gazed at these first design sketches of the RR4. “No, these are sketches of the new Rolls-Royce”, I replied. “Do you want one daddy?”, I didn’t have to ponder on this too long. “Yes, my darling, I certainly do”.
This new “junior” or “baby” Rolls-Royce looks like it will be taking on the Bentley Continentals. With an emphasis on driving, rather than the Phantom’s waftability, the RR4 looks like a very exciting car. I think Sir Henry might have described it as having a bit of fizz…
The design, known as RR4 was signed off in 2007 and engineering development is now fully underway for its launch in 2010. The Goodwood manufacturing facilities are being completely reconfigured to accommodate the RR4, with extended paint, wood and leather shops as well as a second assembly line. The company will move to a two shift system next year as it gears up for full production of the new model. The RR4 will sit alongside the Phantom model line-up. Smaller than the Phantom it will be powered by a new engine, unique to Rolls-Royce.
Chief designer, Ian Cameron, said, “Effortless performance and standard-setting levels of comfort and efficiency, executed with the utmost care and attention, remain fundamentals of Rolls-Royce design. The RR4 has a more informal presence than the Phantom models with a greater emphasis on driving. In design terms this is expressed through its slightly smaller dimensions and more organic form, yet with powerful, purposeful proportions. It is a true and uncompromising Rolls-Royce in every sense.”
“RR4 will mark a milestone in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars”, said its Chairman, Ian Robertson.