Rolls-Royce confirms new aluminum platform for all future vehiclesby Drew Johnson
Rolls-Royce is looking the shed weight.
Rolls-Royce has announced that it is developing a new aluminum architecture that will underpin all future vehicles from 2018 on.
Rolls-Royce didn't reveal any other details pertaining to the aluminum space-frame architecture, but the British automaker says it has already begun testing the new platform. In the coming weeks and months engineers will test the new architecture on public roads to ensure it delivers Rolls-Royce's signature ‘magic carpet ride.'
"Since 2003 and the commissioning of the new Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has reset the benchmark for luxury motoring,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "Now it is time to take the next step in the luxury journey. This is why I am announcing today that on-road testing of our all-new proprietary architecture is beginning. This new architecture of pure luxury represents considerable investment in the future of our great brand.”
The new architecture will likely debut in the form of the . The aluminum platform should provide a significant weight savings, which will translate into better overall economy and performance for Rolls' flagship.
The announcement also signals that Rolls-Royce's upcoming SUV will ride on the aluminum platform. When it launches sometime in 2019, the Cullinan will displace Bentley's as the most expensive utility vehicle in the world.