With arch rival Bentley working on an SUV, Rolls-Royce is looking hard at the highly-lucrative, ultra-luxurious SUV segment. There is money to be made — a lot of it! — and we are sure the British automaker doesn’t want to be left out of the action.
The on and off Rolls-Royce SUV looks to be back on the table
“There are long-term independent studies that say half of the world car market – 50 percent of everything – will be crossovers and SUVs so its our responsibility to look into it. We are seriously analyzing a Rolls-Royce in the SUV segment,” BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer told Top Gear in an .
If made, and by “if” I mean “when”, the Rolls-Royce SUV could ride on the same F15 platform as the rumored BMW X7. Power may come from a beefy V12 engine or BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8.
The question everyone is asking is whether an SUV or crossover will dilute Rolls-Royce’s brand image. While you may disagree, Schwarzenbauer says “They had the same discussions at BMW before they made the first X5. No doubt at Porsche before the Cayenne too.”
I for one think there is nothing wrong with a Rolls-Royce SUV, at least not more so than, say, a Lamborghini SUV. In fact, it will be yet another extravagant land yacht in a lineup already consisting of land yachts. What do you say?
While nothing has been made official, the SUV is likely four to five years away and will have a starting price of more than $200,000.
Next Lexus IS Might Use The Same BMW Engine As Supra
Engineers are implanting a BMW heart into the Japanese sports sedan.
A new report coming out of Japan states that the next-generation Lexus IS will get the same BMW-sourced inline six-cylinder engine as new Toyota Supra.
According , the 3.0L V6, which produces 335 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque in the Supra, will be part of an engine lineup that also includes a 2.0L turbo, a 2.4L turbo, and/or a 2.5L hybrid powertrain depending on region.
It can also be found in the latest Z4 as well as the IS’s natural rival, the BMW M340i.
The next-generation IS is unlikely to change in size but will weigh less, topping the scale at approximately 3,395 lbs compared to the current IS’ 3,737 lbs.
Finally, the Japanese car magazine claims the IS F will make a return packing a variation of the in-house twin-turbo V6 found under the hood of the popular LS 500.
Lexus has not confirmed when the next-generation IS will debut, but there have been rumors that it could arrive in 2020.
Is Alfa Romeo Giving Birth To A Baby SUV?
Stelvio might be getting a little brother.
Alfa Romeo will reportedly release a brand-new crossover that slots below the Stelvio compact crossover.
Sources famaliar with the vehicle revealed to Greece’s that the model will ride on a model-specific version of the Giorgio platform that underpins the aforementioned Stelvio and the Giulia, meaning it will be rear-wheel drive or, optionally, all-wheel drive.
Power will likely come from a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine and, as unlikely as it might be for the small crossover segment, possibly a V6.
A sub-Stelvio crossover was a centerpiece of the five-year product plan Alfa Romeo presented in June 2018, so this is more than just a rumor. In fact, previous reports claim it will share platforms with either the Jeep Renegade or Compass rather than with the Stelvio.
If designed and built right, the little Italian high-rider could become the company’s best-seller, and releasing it as quickly as possible would help the company reach its goal of selling 400,000 cars annually by 2022.
Bentley Bentayga Speed Nabs “World’s Fastest SUV” Title
The luxury SUV can launch to 62 mph in under 4 seconds.
Bentley proudly boasts that, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV.
The 6.0-liter W12 engine found in the standard Bentayga has been tweaked to put out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, providing enough propulsion to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
It’s worth noting that the 641 hp, V8-powered Lamborghini Urus is actually lighter and more powerful yet has the same top speed. The fact that the two SUVs are closely related makes us think there were some politics behind this head-scratching outcome.
In addition to the extra power, the Bentayga Speed provides a more dynamic driving experience than the regular Bentayga thanks to a retuned Sport mode and a stiffened suspension, while the exhaust note is throatier.
Designer gave the exterior a performance-theme characterized by dark-tint headlights, blacked-out grilles, a tailgate spoiler, and unique 22-inch wheels available in three finishes. Inside, one finds contrast stitching on the diamond-quilted upholstery and Alcantara trim, the first time the material has been used in a Bentayga.
The Bentley Bentayga Speed goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.