Rolls-Royce RR4 spy video

Published: 04 December 2008

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Struggling to understand how big the new 'baby' Rolls is? Then watch our new spy video of the Rolls-Royce RR4 on test on the road in Germany. You can clearly see this saloon is a full-sized limo, with the suicide – sorry, coach – doors from the Phantom and an upright stance to accommodate plutocrats and aristocrats who are choosing to be more discrete in the current economic climate. Who'd have thought Rolls-Royce owners would downsize? Soon, they'll be able to.

Codenamed RR4, the new limo will cost around £160,000 and we'll see it first at the 2009 Geneva motor show. It's based on the engineering package of the new BMW 7-series, but will be sufficiently tweaked to qualify as a new platform, according to Rolls sources.

Strip away that disguise, and you'll find that Greek temple grille, a short overhang and Rolls' trademark thick C-pillar to avoid onlookers' stares. It's clearly longer than the 7-series, and will stretch to 5500mm long. All this bulk will be propelled by a silken V12, discernible in our new spy video below. Click on the player to see the new RR4 in action.


By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet