Some folks in the U.K. were itching to be the first to feature pics of the Rolls-Royce 200EX concept (to show at the Geneva Motor Show). The 200EX provides a strong hint at the fourth BMW-produced Rolls-Royce model and is reputedly a production-ready version of the car that will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. So U.K.'s The Daily Telegraph's impatient fingers pushed the button a day early, hence the pictures you see here.
Front and rear structures/crash protection are said to be shared with the new 2009 BMW 7-series (which we've driven and appreciated), but cylinder count won't be limited to eight as it is in that car. Thumbing its nose regally at modern concerns like CO2 emissions and fuel frugality, Rolls will continue in grand 12-cylinder tradition with the new model, this time with a newly-developed BMW engine that is said to share fundamental design with the 4.4-liter turbo V-8 from the 7. AutoCar claim that the engine should ring in at an even 6.0-liters.
They say that despite commonalities with the 7-series, only 20 percent of the big Bimmer's parts will be used for the 200EX, which will get its own wheelbase. Still, the new Rolls will shrink in the shadow of the Phantom, which is said to dwarf the 200EX by 18 inches in overall length.