Rolls-Royce not planning to assemble engines in Britain, will use German-built V12s

Article by Christian Andrei, on May 12, 2014

It appears that Rolls-Royce will not follow Bentley and invest in a British assembly line to build its engines as the British company will still use German-built V12s. According to Frank Ludwig a.k.a. production head at Rolls-Royce’s Goodwood plant, the engines need a lot of expertise and at the moment Germany remains the best place to source the powerplants.

In our opinion, the main reason would be that Rolls-Royce is still owned by the BMW Group and the Bavarian company needs to make sure that the quality of the vehicles remains the same.

Rolls-Royce increased the output at its Goodwood plant last year thanks to the introduction of the Wraith Coupe and the production is expected to increase even more with the addition of the Wraith Drophead Coupe.

As a result, Rolls’ Goodwood plant remains the biggest user of V12 engines in the BMW Group. Rolls-Royce uses the 6.75-liter V12 naturally-aspirated V12 in the Phantom flagship sedan, while the smaller Ghost and Wraith are powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine.

The 6.75 V12 engine found on the Phantom delivers 453 hp (338 kW) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torque. Meanwhile, the Rolls-Royce Wraith Coupe comes with a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 that develops 624 hp (465 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

Using an 8-speed automatic ZF transmission, the Rolls-Royce Wraith accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds (60 mph in 4.4 seconds). The Rolls-Royce Ghost comes with the same engines that delivers 563 hp (420 kW) and can accelerate form 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

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