AUG 05th 2014

Rolls‑Royce confirms new Corniche convertible (in all but name...)

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that a convertible version of the sporting gentleman’s chariot of choice (the Rolls-Royce Wraith, what did you think? Ed) is under development and will go on sale in mid-2016.

apparently there’s a certain amount of support within the company for reviving the Corniche nameplate – which we don’t think would be a bad thing at all…

OK, they’ve not actually confirmed the new model is Wraith based, but anyone who takes an interest in such things will have spotted pictures doing the rounds online which clearly show a Wraith-based two-door prototype with some Ghost-ly styling cues.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, has said this though (in a statement just released today):

“I am truly delighted to confirm today the development of our new model which will open an exciting new chapter in the great story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership.”

Here at GRR we love Rolls-Royce motoring as much as anyone, and the fabulous Phantom Drophead Coupe especially much. If the new Wraith convertible is half as engaging, more ‘dynamic’ and a little less (ahem) ostentatious, it’s sure to find buyers in droves. Especially if it’s two thirds of the price, and comes with the Wraith’s mighty 6.6-litre 620bhp twin turbocharged V12.

The car may well be one of the star debutantes at the Geneva motor show in March, by which time Rolls-Royce will probably have settled on the new model’s name.

We’re told Wraith Drophead Coupe is the working title, but apparently there’s a certain amount of support within the company for reviving the Corniche nameplate – which we don’t think would be a bad thing at all.

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