Rolls Royce has been engaged in some subterfuge on the streets of Munich, test driving what appears to be the anticipated Ghost Coupe – but clad in a hallucinatory paint job of overlapping spirals that warp depth-perception. Intended to mask the true features of the prototype, the deceptive overlay is aimed at tricking the eye into believing there are four doors, when there are only two.
Rolls Royce devotees quickly devoured a series of images of the camouflaged prototype and were able to discern a few features; the carmaker clearly took extra pains to disguise a single pair of rear-hinged suicide doors on the side and the characteristic Rolls Royce grille up front. Also of note is the fact that the BMW-owned company applied for trademark protection of the name Corniche, Rolls’ most recognizable model that sold between the 1970’s and 1990’s. Speculation is rampant over the move, leading many to expect the Ghost coupe to morph into a 21st century version of the Corniche.
Experts expect the nascent 2014 Ghost Coupe, or Corniche, will boast a 6.6 liter turbo V12 engine, delivering 563 hp and 575.4 pound-feet of torque. An unveiling of the car is expected at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, which will hopefully solve the mystery of the rolling optical illusion that took Munich by surprise.
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