Previously used as a word meaning coastal road, Corniche would become an extensively used moniker by Rolls-Royce through the latter part of the 20th century by Rolls-Royce. Though the first generation Rolls-Royce Corniche introduced in 1971 was available as a two-door coupe until 1981, the nameplate was heavily associated as a convertible drophead model. Following the first Corniche model, Corniche II, Corniche III and Corniche IV vehicles produced up to 1995 reflected gradual updates to the standards of luxury but retained the same basic design. The final iteration of the car Corniche debuting for 2000 embodied a slightly more modern front end. Throughout the history of the Corniche, Rolls-Royce's 6.75-liter V-8 engine was heavily modified to serve as the power unit for 41 years. Later versions of the engine used turbocharging resulting in the production of 325 horsepower. Production of the Rolls-Royce Corniche ended after the 2002 model year as BMW Group took total control of the luxury brand.