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by Adam Lynton
Rolls-Royce was spied testing its upcoming Ghost/Corniche coupe at the Nurburgring, which says something about its sporting pretentions right there.
Rolls-Royce at the Nurburgring is not something we see every day, and these spy shots add weight to the rumor that the upcoming Ghost Coupe (tipped to receive the Corniche moniker) will be the sportiest, most powerful and best-handling model to be adorned with the Spirit of Ecstasy to date. The British marque hopes to attract a younger cliental with a sportier drive and a lower starting price. A 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 is expected to deliver up to 600 hp to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
This prototype is wearing plenty of camouflage as well as three door handles to throw us off the scent, although it's a nailed-on certainty the Corniche will come with the Phantom Coupe's suicide doors when it makes its debut at Geneva 2013.