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2002 Rolls Royce Corniche

  • 2002 Rolls Royce Corniche Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      11
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      325/544
    • ENGINE
      6.8L V8
    • MSRP
      $363,990
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2002 Rolls Royce Corniche Review

It might be one of the most expensive cars produced by Rolls-Royce.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Rolls Royce is a name that is synonymous with luxury, and every car is hand built to order. This means buyers are able to customize the car to their individual needs and tastes. It's rare to find two exactly the same. All are fitted with Connolly leather seats that are hand-stitched, as is the leather steering wheel. All come with fine wood veneers that are hand-finished, while the Wilton wool carpets could be commissioned in any shade desired. Every Corniche took around four to five months to build, barring any special requests.

If you are looking for the ultimate in pampering and luxury, and are concerned about having the most comfortable ride you possibly can, then you'll love the 2002 Rolls Royce Corniche. There's no doubt it's still a real head turner, especially with the top down. This is exactly as it should be–this car is extremely expensive to own and service.

The Corniche was produced for the last time in 2002 when BMW took ownership of Rolls Royce the following year, and shifted production from Crewe to Goodwood in England.

The Range

Body Styles: convertible
Engines: 6.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Rolls Royce Corniche

What's New

In 2002, the Corniche remained unchanged–it was the last year of production for this iconic car.

Exterior

The exterior of Rolls Royce is very similar to Bentley, and the two luxury marques only really differ in the appearance of their front grilles, with Rolls Royce managing to somehow look more regal. Rolls Royce also differentiates itself from the competition as it has white wall tires on 17-inch wheels. The Rolls Royce Corniche is around 213-inches long, making it only slightly shorter than a Lincoln Town Car, and is around 83-inches wide. The Corniche is seated on a 120.5-inch wheelbase. The trunk has a remote release, and there's a front console with storage, and front seat back storage. It's available in a huge choice of body colors, and the power roof stows behind a chrome cover at the rear of the car. Everything about the exterior is exceptionally finished and hand polished, and like Bentley, Rolls Royce is remarkable in that their cars will never have any visible blemishes, however small, upon leaving the factory.

Interior

The interior of the Rolls Royce Corniche can comfortably accommodate four passengers in a state of luxury. The seats are covered in Connolly leather, and this is the same kind of leather that is used in the House of Lords in London. The front bucket seats are power operated and have four-position memory settings, and both driver and passenger seats are heated with manual adjustable lumbar support.

There is a remote control unit allowing passengers seated in the back to independently operate the eight-speaker audio system. There is a six-disc CD changer on the front seat armrest, and there's a computer to control the suspension dampers, ensuring passengers have the most comfortable ride possible. The Corniche is fitted with cruise control, and has a three-zone climate control and a tilt-adjustable steering wheel.

The center console is finished with leather and wood, as is the dash. The steering wheel is covered in hand-stitched leather. There is leather and wood trim on the doors. The trunk has a remote release, and the front console has storage, as do the front seat backs. There are 12-volt front and rear power outlets. There are front and rear floor mats. The Corniche has remote anti-theft.

Performance & Handling

The Corniche is fitted with a turbocharged, 6.75-liter, V-8 engine that comes with a four-speed automatic gearbox. This produces 325 horsepower. The car weighs a massive 6,030 pounds, but can achieve zero to 60 in just eight seconds, making it relatively quick for such a large car. However, it's hardly a sports car, and although it's a pleasure to drive, owning and operating a Rolls Royce does feel like a throwback to a different time.

Safety

Safety features include anti-lock brakes, automatic ride control and traction control fitted as standard. The Corniche doesn't have side-impact airbags. In addition there are headlamps which come on at dusk, child seat anchors, and fully-adjustable headrests in the front and rear. The car is fitted with front seatbelt pre-tensioners.

EPA Fuel Economy

Rolls Royce Corniche Base: 11/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Incredible interior and exterior luxury
  • The unique personality of each vehicle

You Won't Like

  • The enormous price, both to purchase and run

Sum Up

It might be one of the most expensive cars produced by Rolls-Royce.

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