2000→2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche V

The fifth generation Corniche was the last Rolls-Royce convertible crafted by the artisans in Crewe. At the time it was one of the most expensive vehicles at $359,900 USD and was also the flagship for Rolls-Royce.

The Corniche was the only model developed by Rolls-Royce under Volkswagen’s ownership. It used styling cues from the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, but was built on the Bentley Azure chassis with its 6.75 liter V8. This engine was renowned for it’s monstrous torque, 544 ft lbs at 2,100 rpm.

The car was built only for luxury and weighs a hefty 6836 lbs. To deal with this weight a computerized automatic ride control provided computer control of the suspension dampers to optimize ride comfort and handling. Adaptive shifting also modifies the gear change response to the driver’s style.

Inside, the car was treated to a fully lined and insulated soft top roof for maximum comfort.

The car was built from 2000–2002 and a total of 374 were produced.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
production years 2000 – 2002
built at Crewe, England
production 374
price $ $ 359,900
succeccesor 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
engine Rolls-Royce V8
valvetrain SOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement 6750 cc / 411.9 in³
bore 10.46 mm / 0.41 in
stroke 99 mm / 3.9 in
compression 8.0:1
power 242.4 kw / 325.1 bhp @ 4000 rpm
specific output 48.16 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 104.74 bhp per tonne
torque 738 nm / 544.3 ft lbs @ 2300 rpm
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires 255/55R17
rear tires 255/55R17
front brakes F Vented Discs / R Solid Discs
front wheels F 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
steering Rack & Piniion w/Power Assist
curb weight 3104 kg / 6836 lbs
wheelbase 3061 mm / 120.5 in
front track 1549 mm / 61.0 in
rear track 1549 mm / 61.0 in
length 5405 mm / 212.8 in
width 2050 mm / 80.7 in
height 1475 mm / 58.1 in
transmission GM 4L80-E 4-Speed Auto
gear ratios 2.48:1, 1.48:1, 1.00:1, 0.75:1
final drive 2.69:1
top speed ~215 kph / 133.51 mph
0 – 60 mph ~8.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~22.0 seconds

 

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