You'll remember a few weeks back when we told you about that new, smaller Rolls-Royce sedan that is being developed as Britain's auto uppercrust looks on enviously at the success of those callow youths at Bentley? Well, if you're "in the know," you won't be surprised at all that Britain's Autocar magazine has the first spy shots of the first rolling prototype of the new car, dubbed the RR4 until they find a suitable name for the new vehicle.
Autocar reports that the new model will carry on with the Phantom's design language, from the thick C-pillar to the suicide rear doors. But the new model is significantly shorter and lower than the Phantom, which will inevitably lead to speculation that it's based loosely on BMW's 7-Series sedan. We're not saying, we're just saying. Engines could include the Phantom's 6.75-liter V-12 and potentially, a 400-hp, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8. Even more surprising is the mag's report that a diesel Roller might even be under consideration.
Rolls is boosting capacity in Goodwood to build the new car, and prices in Britain will be around £175,000. We can't imagine it selling for $300,000 in the U.S., but an on-sale date on Rodeo Drive and an on-sale price remain to be seen.