The Rolls-Royce 200EX concept which first went on display
at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show is a four door, five seat
luxury car designed to preview a new production model
from the company.
Rolls-Royce choose to call their concept cars "Experimental
cars", hence the EX in the name. This is because
unlike most concept cars from other companies the concept
vehicles which Rolls-Royce produce are fully functioning
and very close to what the finished design will look like.
EX cars offer Rolls-Royce's designers and engineers the
opportunity for real-world innovation and testing. They
are used to showcase new components and engineering techniques
as well as exterior and interior designs. "Modern
automotive engineering is a balance of creativity, innovation
and application. 200EX is an opportunity to assess these
new ideas", says Helmut Riedl, Director of Engineering.
The styling of the Rolls-Royce 200EX is intended to be
less formal than previous models but with the same feeling
of quality and refinement. Like all contemporary Rolls-Royce
models the 200EX is characterized by large, chunky panels
and simple strong lines which run the entire length of
the vehicle. "What you see is a modern car that
is immediately recognizable as a true Rolls-Royce, even
from angles that obscure the grille and Spirit of Ecstasy.
Design elements such as the elevated prow, long bonnet,
short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant
tail give 200EX an air of informal presence - powerful
but unobtrusive," says Ian Cameron, the 200EX's
The exterior of the vehicle is finished in Darkest Tungsten,
which contrasts with the silver satin finish applied to
the bonnet and A-pillar. Seven-spoke, 20-inch wheels complete
the the exterior.
Revived in 2003 on the Phantom, the signature rear hinged
rear doors lend added functionality and impact to the
design. Opening through 83 degrees, the coach doors offer
the widest rear access in the car industry.
Inside, and as expected, the 200EX is furnished with fine
materials and exquisite detailing. Elegant, frosted lamps
and chrome door handles feature, while details include
traditional violin key switches, eyeball air vents, opaque
dials and refined instrumentation. The interior is upholstered
in natural grain Creme Light leather, with Cornsilk carpets
and cashmere blend headliner. The wood veneer is Santos
Palissander, chosen for its contemporary look and striking
Powering the Rolls-Royce 200EX is a V12 engine.
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