Rumors surfaced a couple months ago that Rolls Royce was interested in making a high-performance coupe with relatively athletic handling abilities. That coupe may be closer to reality, judging by an interesting test mule that was recently snapped at the Nurburgring
The following photos show a large and low-riding coupe with Rolls-Royce styling cues. First is the upright and blunt front clip with its rectangular grille. Next is the back end, which reveals trapezoidal taillights and exhaust tips similar to those used on the Ghost. There’s lots of deceptive camouflage around the rear quarter windows and door handles, likely in an attempt to conceal what could be suicide-style doors with a smaller rear door (a la Mazda RX-8) or a conventional door.
Power could come from a turbocharged 12-cylinder engine producing about 600 hp. It will likely be a revised version of the Ghost’s 6.6-liter V-12, which currently puts out 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. Should this coupe make it to production, its main competitor would be the 2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed, which produces 616 hp and 590 lb-ft from a 6.0-liter W-12 engine. We could see a concept version of the new Rolls-Royce coupe as soon as the upcoming 2013 Geneva Motor Show next March.