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About Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a BMW subsidiary, responsible for the Rolls-Royce automobiles since 1997.

History

In 1998, owners Vickers decided to sell Rolls-Royce Motors. The most likely buyer was BMW, who already supplied engines and other components for Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars, but BMW's final offer of £340m was beaten by Volkswagen's £430m.

However Rolls-Royce plc, the aero-engine maker, decided it would license certain essential trademarks (the Rolls-Royce name and logo) not to VW but to BMW, with whom it had recently had joint business ventures. VW had bought rights to the "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament and the shape of the radiator grille, but it lacked rights to the Rolls-Royce name necessary to build the cars. Likewise, BMW lacked rights to the grille and mascot. BMW bought an option on the trademarks, licensing the name and "RR" logo for £40m, a deal that many commentators thought was a bargain for possibly the most valuable property in the deal. VW claimed that it had only really wanted Bentley anyway.

BMW and VW arrived at a solution. From 1998 to 2002 BMW would continue to supply engines for the cars and would allow use of the names, but this would cease on January 1, 2003. On that date, only BMW would be able to name cars "Rolls-Royce", and VW's former Rolls-Royce/Bentley division would build only cars called "Bentley". Rolls Royce's convertible, the Corniche, ceased production in 2002.

Cars

  • 2003 Phantom — Launched in January 2003 at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, this is the first model from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited, a BMW subsidiary having no technical or corporate connection with the original Rolls-Royce company apart from the trademarks mentioned above. The car has a 6.75 L V12 engine from BMW, but most other components are unique to the car. Unlike the MINI (which is 90% engineered and manufactured in the UK) most parts are made in Germany, although the assembly and finishing is done in a new factory in Goodwood, Sussex. The cars are available in normal and extended wheelbase, and prices start at about £250,000.
  • 2007 Phantom Drophead Coupé
  • 2007 - 2010 — Rolls Royce announced in September 2006 that it will develop a new 4-door model, using the next generation BMW 7 Series, positioned below the Phantom and with a price range between US$230,000 and US$330,000. It is also working to develop a production version of its 101EX concept.

Prototypes

  • Rolls-Royce 100EX
  • Rolls-Royce 101EX
  • Rolls-Royce NGS (saloon)

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4-door
5-seat
V12 24v 5.4L SOHC A-5
240.1 kW / 322.0 hp / 322.0 hp  490.0 N·m / 361.4 lb·ft / 361.4 lb·ft
   

Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (1998)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 24-valve V engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 5379 cm3 / 328.2 cu in / 328.2 cu in, 240.1 kW / 322.0 hp / 322.0 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 490.0 N·m / 361.4 lb·ft / 361.4 lb·ft @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 225 km/h / 140 mph / 140 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S12 24v 5.4L OHC A-5
237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp  489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft
   

Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (1999)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, OHC, 5378 cm3 / 328.2 cu in / 328.2 cu in, 237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 225 km/h / 140 mph / 140 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S12   5.4L OHC A-5
237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp  489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft
   

Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (2000)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder straight (inline) engine, OHC, 5379 cm3 / 328.2 cu in / 328.2 cu in, 237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S12   5.4L OHC A-5
237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp  489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft
   

Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (2001)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder straight (inline) engine, OHC, 5377 cm3 / 328.1 cu in / 328.1 cu in, 237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S12   5.4L OHC A-5
237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp  489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft
   

Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph (2002)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder straight (inline) engine, OHC, 5379 cm3 / 328.2 cu in / 328.2 cu in, 237.0 kW / 317.8 hp / 317.8 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 489.0 N·m / 360.7 lb·ft / 360.7 lb·ft @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V12 24v 5.4L OHC A-5
240.0 kW / 321.8 hp / 321.8 hp  490.0 N·m / 361.4 lb·ft / 361.4 lb·ft
17.4 l/100km / 16.2 mpg-UK / 13.5 mpg-US  

Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph Automatic (2005)

4-door 5-seater, 12-cylinder 24-valve V engine, OHC, 5379 cm3 / 328.2 cu in / 328.2 cu in, 240.0 kW / 321.8 hp / 321.8 hp @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, 490.0 N·m / 361.4 lb·ft / 361.4 lb·ft @ 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm / 3900 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 225 km/h / 140 mph / 140 mph top speed, consumption 17.4 l/100km / 16.2 mpg-UK / 13.5 mpg-US

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Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

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Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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