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Rolls-Royce 100EX concept car

Rolls-Royce 100EX concept car

Rolls-Royce 100EX concept car
Rolls-Royce 100EX interior

Rolls-Royce 100EX interior
Make Rolls-Royce
Model 100EX Centenary
Concept year 2004
Production year -
Engine 9 litre V16

The Rolls-Royce 100EX Centenary experimental car was the first concept vehicle Rolls-Royce produced under the BMW Group.

Called an experimental car rather than a concept car, hence the 'EX', the 100EX functions more fully than most concept cars, and it can be used to test new mechanical and electrical features. The 100 in the name pays tribute to the Rolls-Royce 100 year anniversary which took place in May 2004.

The 100EX was a Rolls-Royce for the 21st century, designed to bring the company forward while retaining the general values associated with the marque.

Interestingly the Southern California based, BMW Designworks, Rolls-Royce design team drew heavily on marine architecture for influence. The most obvious example of this is the wooden 'decking' surrounding the rear seats and lining the trunk. Polished aluminum used for the bonnet, windscreen surround, and various details continues the nautical theme.

After the 100EX's design was finalised on paper, it was up to BMW's Munich based specialist build facility to construct the real car. Built on a modified Phantom chassis, the 100EX is a thoroughly engineered car. Unlike many concept cars the 100EX is well built and put together.

Exterior designer, Marek Djordjevic explains a design theme of 'waftability', what a great word. The ability to swiftly and gracefully whisk passengers from A to B in complete luxury.
In order to fulfill this role the 100EX has a clean, simply stated, powerful but entirely elegant profile - pushed along by a 9 litre V16 engine.
The 100EX is 16.5 cm (6.5 in) shorter than the Rolls-Royce Phantom and lower by 7.1 cm (3 in).

The 100EX's slab-like flanks feature suicide-doors which open to reveal a world class interior - again with a nautical influence. Interior materials include; figured mahogany veneer, dark curzon leather seats and trim, and a bleached teak floor. The specially designed front seats are ultra supportive, and their slim profile means more legroom for rear passengers. Two rear passengers sit in close proximity to one another, allowing for the graceful curved arch behind.

Although there is little chance Rolls-Royce will introduce the 100EX as a new model, elements of its design should have influence on Rolls-Royce products of the future.

Similar and related vehicles:
Rolls-Royce 101EX
Rolls-Royce 200EX

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