Rolls-Royce-badgeRolls-Royce has today confirmed it is developing a new car. The new car, it says, will reach the market by 2016.

The new car will have “contemporary, graceful and sensuous styling,” said the car maker.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos said: “I am truly delighted to confirm today the development of our new model which will open an exciting new chapter in the great story of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.”

Chairman Peter Schwarzenbauer is equally excited by the new car. “The announcement of a new Rolls-Royce model is always a seminal moment in the automobile industry.”

The new car, added Rolls-Royce, is now being tested as part of its new car development programme.

New Rolls-Royce: more than just a car…

OK, OK, Rolls-Royce did tell us a little bit more than just that. The new car will be a “thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership,” said Muller-Otvos.

Which sounds to us like it could be a drophead version of the Wraith, priced at around the £250,000 mark to complement the £189,000 Wraith coupe.

Rolls-Royce also gave us a launch date: mid-2016. Given MR’s recent UK road test of the Wraith, any drophead derivation is certain to be quite a machine. We look forward to Rolls-Royce in time telling us more about the new car.