2000→2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche V

2000→2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche V

2000→2002 Rolls-Royce Corniche V

The fifth generation Corniche was the last Rolls-Royce convertible crafted by the artisans in Crewe. At the time it was one of the most expensive vehicles at $359,900 USD and was also the flagship for Rolls-Royce.

The Corniche was the only model developed by Rolls-Royce under Volkswagen’s ownership. It used styling cues from the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, but was built on the Bentley Azure chassis with its 6.75 liter V8. This engine was renowned for it’s monstrous torque, 544 ft lbs at 2,100 rpm.

The car was built only for luxury and weighs a hefty 6836 lbs. To deal with this weight a computerized automatic ride control provided computer control of the suspension dampers to optimize ride comfort and handling. Adaptive shifting also modifies the gear change response to the driver’s style.

Inside, the car was treated to a fully lined and insulated soft top roof for maximum comfort.

The car was built from 2000–2002 and a total of 374 were produced.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years2000 – 2002
built atCrewe, England
price $$ 359,900
succeccesor2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
engineRolls-Royce V8
valvetrainSOHC 2 Valves / Cyl
displacement6750 cc / 411.9 in³
bore10.46 mm / 0.41 in
stroke99 mm / 3.9 in
power242.4 kw / 325.1 bhp @ 4000 rpm
specific output48.16 bhp per litre
bhp/weight104.74 bhp per tonne
torque738 nm / 544.3 ft lbs @ 2300 rpm
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires255/55R17
rear tires255/55R17
front brakesF Vented Discs / R Solid Discs
front wheelsF 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheelsR 43.2 x 19.0 cm / 17.0 x 7.5 in
steeringRack & Piniion w/Power Assist
curb weight3104 kg / 6836 lbs
wheelbase3061 mm / 120.5 in
front track1549 mm / 61.0 in
rear track1549 mm / 61.0 in
length5405 mm / 212.8 in
width2050 mm / 80.7 in
height1475 mm / 58.1 in
transmissionGM 4L80-E 4-Speed Auto
gear ratios2.48:1, 1.48:1, 1.00:1, 0.75:1
final drive2.69:1
top speed~215 kph / 133.51 mph
0 – 60 mph~8.0 seconds
0 – 100 mph~22.0 seconds