We recently had the opportunity to test drive the Rolls-Royce 102EX, also known as the Phantom Experimental Electric (EE). It’s the world’s first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment and one we see being showcased as a benchmark for other brands in the industry. There’s a growing demand for alternative drive-train options and that’s something the British coachmaker noticed before deciding to build the Phantom EE. Rolls-Royce is known for blending luxury with timeless design and the Phantom has been looked at as one of the most elegant designs in recent years and one that’s seen by many as a modern-day classic. The Phantom EE began here, as the original Phantom’s aluminum shell serves as the design base and though this is strictly an experimental model for the time being, no detail was spared. The hand craftsmanship, fine detailing and iconic design cues like the pantheon grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy are all showcased here, as the only thing removed from the original Phantom were the naturally aspirated 6.75-litre V12 petrol engine and 6-speed gearbox.
European publication CAR has broken the embargo and released some pics of Rolls-Royce’s Baby Phantom, the 200EX. It’s slated to be unveiled at the Geneva Show early next month, but some people just can’t resist. Our friends at eGMCarTech have let loose as well.
The production model of the 200EX will arrive in spring 2010 with very little changes. A production name has yet to be revealed but according to CAR, pricing will start around £180,000 (around $257,658 USD).
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The Chechen Republic has gone through two wars in order to gain independence from Russia. The second one didn’t go their way so they are still an entity of Russia and have been going through a rebuilding process for quite sometime.
Times don’t seem tough for these guys though. DesignYouTrust posted these photos under the heading: “Official Supercars of Chechen Republic”. Say no more, Dmitry.
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