The venerable British-based brand expects to roll out its first armoured model in the new year
Rolls-Royce reveals plans for armoured limousine Interior of a bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom limousines -- Photo: Rolls-Royce

HONG KONG, Nov 30 (AFP) - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will begin production of an armoured model to cash in on growing fears among the world's wealthy motorists over terrorism, a senior company executive said Wednesday.

The venerable British-based brand expects to roll out its first armoured model in the new year, said the company's Asia-Pacific director Colin Kelly.

"There is great demand for an armoured model so next year we will begin selling them," Kelly said at a centenary celebration of the marque in Hong Kong.

Kelly said the growing terrorist threat around the world was behind the company's decision to build a vehicle that could resist fire from handguns and would be built on a chassis that could repel a grenade's blast.

He also said the car would be designed with technology to deter would-be kidnappers, a useful addition in Hong Kong where businessmen who travel in China and pop stars live in fear of abduction following a spate of such incidents in recent years.

In September chart-topping local pop duo Twins announced they had tightened personal security after receiving kidnap threats from a man in Taiwan.

The vehicle, whose name is yet to be released, will be engineered on the platform of the company's latest model, the 6.75 litre V12 Phantom.

The manufacturer, part of Germany's BMW Group, will also release a new convertible, the RR02, inspired by a centenary experimental car the 100EX.

The new models will be manufactured at the company's new purpose built factory in Goodwood, southern England.