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Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, "New" Silver Spirit,
"New" Silver Spur, Touring Limousine and
Rolls-Royce Park Ward
(1994-1998, "New" R-R Silver Spirit 1995)
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, 1997, #SCAZAI2C8VCX59624. From the model year
1997 onward long wheelbase was standard on the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn.
Speculation as regards a completely new model range from Rolls-Royce
within rather short period after the company's announcement that the
future generation of Rolls-Royce motor cars would be powered by a new
engine developed in conjunction with BMW (Bavarian Motor Works) showed to
have been weakly based. Rolls-Royce introduced their "New"
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, "New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit and
"New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spur towards the end of 1995 and left
it open to further speculation whether or not these perfectly refined
models now were those to gap the interim until a completely new model
generation would emerge. As regards the "New" R-R Silver Dawn:
this had been available in the US-market since 1994, full year ahead of
its introduction in the UK and the Rest of the World. The extended version
of the "New" R-R Silver Spur was still offered as a R-R Touring
Limousine and in addition had been promoted a separate model: Rolls-Royce
Park Ward. Bowing to market demands Rolls-Royce decided that from the 1997
model year onward long wheelbase would be standard on all their models.
All Rolls-Royce models with the exception of the "New" R-R
Silver Dawn (the "New" R-R Silver Spirit was no longer listed)
were to be powered by turbocharged engines with increased power as well as
improved emission. When at the Geneva Motor Show, in March 1998, the
Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph was introduced as the new mainstream model this
marked the end of models based on the Silver Spirit to be produced.
"New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, 1996, #SCAZNI2CXTCX57469.
Though it might have been logical to name the successor to the Silver Spur
III the Rolls-Royce Silver Spur IV the company decided to use the term
"New" R-R Silver Spur - and after some time had passed the car
was simply referred to as R-R Silver Spur.
8 cylinder 90 degree V-configuration; aluminium-silicon alloy cylinder
block with cast iron wet cylinder liners; bore x stroke 104.14 x 99.06 mm
(4.1 x 3.9 in), capacity 6,750 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder heads, Bosch
Motronic fuel injection and digital ignition (from model year 1997 R-R
Silver Spur and R-R Park Ward: exhaust driven Garrett AiResearch
turbocharger); 4-speed automatic; independent suspension front and rear
with adaptive ride control; ventilated disc brakes front, plain discs rear,
anti locking device; wheelbase 3,061 (120.5 in); R-R Silver Spur 3,161 mm
(124.5 in) (from 1997 long wheel base 3,161 mm standard on all models),
Rolls-Royce Touring Limousine 3,772 mm (148.5 in); tyre size 235/65VR16;
max. speed 133 mph (214 km/h), from 1997 R-R Silver Spur max. speed 140
mph (225 km/h)
"New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spur, 1997, #SCAZNI9C2VCX60097.
Built to US-specification (twin rectangular headlamps were not asked for
since 1993) was this R-R Silver Spur.
Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit (1995)
Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn (1994-1998)
Rolls-Royce Silver Spur (1995-1998)
including "New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Touring Limousine
Park Ward (1995-1998)