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Rossfeldt: Rolls-Royce and Bentley / From the Dawn of the 20th Century into the new Millennium .

Bobbit: Silver Spirit & Silver Spur

"New" 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)

"New" Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn, 1997, #SCAZAI2C8VCX59624
"New" 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
"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.


Technical Data:
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
"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.


No. made:

122 "New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit (1995)
237 "New" Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn (1994-1998)
507 "New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spur (1995-1998)
including "New" Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Touring Limousine
44 Rolls-Royce Park Ward (1995-1998)
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