The recent edition of Top Gear recently featured British Comedian Rowan Atkinson promoting his latest Spy-spoof character "Johnny English" in "Johnny English Reborn" which is more Austin Powers or indeed Derek Flint (If you know who Derek Flint was?) Than 007-Serious. Anyway said Production forgoes the typical "Aston Martin" for the Ultimate Luxury icon Rolls-Royce. In this case a very special Phantom Coupe. And not special in like ultimate interior accessories or a special color... This Phantom Coupe uses a V16 Engine. Yes a V16. Although it is not a stranger to a V16 - The 100EX Concept car at Geneva 2004 showcased this engine before 100EX morphed into the Phantom DropHead Coupe. A V16 was considered for the Phantom but customer input preferred a V12. Rowan Atkinson was one of the first Phantom customers and has stayed with the brand and is great friends with some of the Goodwood team including RR Design director Ian cameron. So he knew about the secretive aspects of the Phantom and it's development. As for the future? Will we see a V16? Rolls-Royce feel the Phantom and Ghost's V12's are adequate and meeting targets for the time being. But what about a BMW? Dont hold your breath expecting such an engine in a Hyper car , As BMW have no plans to introduce a V16, nor a Hypercar it remains an experiment. Although they have experimented with a V16 before , but Rolls-Royce were not the only ones going crazy with Power. Mercedes-Benz experimented with Turbines for the W140 S-Klasse and I believe the proposed Maybach 1000BHP V24 actually exists (people have seen it) and remains in a warehouse alongside the Lost Ark of the Covenant. Rumour points to the V24 being the catalyst for the VAG W16. Which can be found in the Bugatti Douchebag. If the M-One comes through it's feasibility studie it will feature either a V8 or Six Cylinder but be more suited to the car. Although there are some Phantom's that have the Engine but are purely experimental studies and not produced for the public. One such Phantom is found in the collection of a BMW employee in his private garage at his Palatial abode.