New Rolls may be a Wraith droptop

Project manager Ashish Dubey with the pickup derived from a BMW X3. “It’s a BMW with a trunk available for hauling,” Dubey says, “but still fit for speed and performance.”
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Rolls-Royce says a new model will go on sale by mid-2016. The model is widely believed to be a convertible version of the Wraith fastback, and likely would get a new name.

The British luxury brand gave no details. But a press release said that "it will deliver effortless, open-top touring" and mentioned "a contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer."

Rolls-Royce refers to its open-top cars, such as the Phantom convertible, as dropheads.

The smaller convertible would be the third car using the same modified Ghost sedan platform. The Wraith is a fastback coupe with a shorter wheelbase and wider track than the Ghost. It went on sale in November with a base price of $287,400, including shipping.

Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW Group. It sold 3,630 cars last year for a fourth consecutive annual sales record. Rolls-Royce does not break out sales for individual markets, but according to the Automotive News Data Center it sold 525 cars through July and 845 in 2013.

You can reach Diana T. Kurylko at dkurylko@crain.com. -- Follow Diana on Twitter


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