Rolls-Royce Corniche (2000)

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Rolls-Royce Corniche V
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Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motors
Production 2000–2002
374 produced
Body and chassis
Class Luxury car
Body style 2-door 4-seat convertible
Layout FR layout
Related Bentley Azure
Engine 6.75 L turbocharged Rolls-Royce V8
Transmission 4-sp 4L80-E automatic
Wheelbase 120.5 in (3,061 mm)
Length 212.8 in (5,405 mm)
Kerb weight 6,050 lb (2,744 kg)
Predecessor Rolls-Royce Corniche IV
Successor Bentley Azure (2006)

The Rolls-Royce Corniche is a two-door, four-seater luxury car with a cabriolet body, made in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2002. Rolls-Royce's flagship car, it was the fifth model to bear the Corniche name on its debut in January 2000. At the time of its release, it was the most expensive vehicle offered by Rolls-Royce, with a base price of US$359,900. Styling cues were taken from the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph sedan, but it shares little mechanically with that BMW-engined car. Instead, the Corniche's body was set onto the older platform used for the similarly-styled Bentley Azure, making it the first and only Rolls-Royce descended from a Bentley rather than the other way around.

Technical details[edit]

The 2000-2002 Corniche is powered by a 325 hp (240 kW) 6.75 L turbocharged V8. The Corniche's engine is capable of providing 738 N·m (544 lb·ft) of torque at 2,100 rpm. The car is operated via a four-speed automatic transmission. It has a top speed of 135 mph (215 km/h) and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of eight seconds. The convertible, weighing 6,836 lb (3,101 kg), was built more for comfort than for speed.

The Corniche came outfitted with every luxury and refinement characteristic of a Rolls-Royce. The car has a Connolly Leather interior, Wilton wool carpets, chrome gauges and a wide choice of exotic wood trims. Dual automatic temperature control, a six-disc CD changer, automatic headlamps and automatic ride control are standard.

Bentley Azure/Rolls-Royce Corniche body production figures*
Body 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999** 2000 2001 2002 Totals
Azure 3 160 229 200 209 141 189 194 78 1,403
Corniche 0 0 0 0 0 25 250 67 42 384
Totals 3 160 229 200 209 166 439 261 120 1,787

*stated by Pininfarina production records
**From 2 varying documents, newer data used

Historic background[edit]

The Corniche was the only new Rolls-Royce developed under Volkswagen's ownership, before the marque was phased out in 2003. All Corniches were completely hand-built. The car was considered a slightly softer, and even more exclusive, version of the Bentley Azure.

The very last Rolls-Royce Corniche rolled off the assembly line on August 30, 2002. This was the very last Rolls-Royce to be made at the Crewe plant before it was turned over entirely to the production of Bentley models. Only 374 fifth-generation Corniches were ever built.

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