Confirming previous rumors, Rolls-Royce announced today that it will add a new convertible model to its luxury stable. The upcoming Rolls-Royce drophead will be an all-new model, a Rolls-Royce spokesperson tells Automobile, rather than a variant of the recently introduced Wraith (pictured).
Many have speculated that the new vehicle would be a Rolls-Royce Wraith Drophead Coupe to follow the Phantom Drophead Coupe. Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös previously said that “the design [of the Wraith] certainly lends itself to a drophead coupe, and I think that will be the next variant.”
While the Goodwood-based automaker is saying that the next Rolls-Royce drophead will be an all-new model, it’s almost certain that it will be based on the Wraith’s platform, even if it gets its own model designation. If this is the case, the new convertible will use the Wraith’s same twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12, packing a thunderous 624 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.
Müller-Ötvös said in a statement that he considers the new Rolls-Royce drophead “[a] thoroughly modern interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer.” If Rolls-Royce chooses to draw from its history, the new convertible could also revive the Corniche nameplate introduced in 1971 for its Silver Shadow-based drophead.
We loved the Wraith when we drove it in December of last year, so we’d happily welcome a drophead Corniche based on the same platform. “The Wraith is a stylish car, yet it’s not just a bauble, a playful indulgence,” said West Coast Editor Michael Jordan. “It’s a car that’s meant to be drive, and it makes no apologies.”
Look for the all-new Rolls-Royce Drophead to debut sometime in 2015, with deliveries beginning by mid-2016.