2008 RollsRoyce Phantom Drophead Coupe

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2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

A line of cypress marches to the horizon in perfectly ranks, defining the borders of dusty Tuscan trail. In the distance, a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coup broods, roof up, on the of the road. It is covered with a coat of blond Tuscan and when the driver finally the key, the dual exhausts up a roiling swirl of talcum-fine

Rarely in my experience has a car come to with such drama, figuratively and literally.


And as automotive goes, there isn’t a car on the that can match this First of all, forget your eyes are telling you as you upon these images—in the and up close, the Phantom Drophead is much bigger than it in pictures. It’s a shade nineteen feet long, and it in at a colossal 5776 pounds. The Coup is based on the massive sedan, although it is shorter by 9.8

It also weighs about 155 more than the sedan, to extra chassis bracing makes up for the absent roof.

the Drophead is distinguished by the teak covering the convertible roof and the hood and windshield surround. are offered as a $17,000 option in of a painted finish.

Your to this extraordinary conveyance is dramatic, too. Suicide on a series-production two-door convertible been seen since the and the Drophead’s are spectacularly effective. open with massive handles that would be at home on a commercial-grade meat and they allow for the most of entries and exits.

The doors are enormously heavy, which means the electric mechanism is a very welcome Even better, the Rolls-Royce’s actually close at the speed want them to if you were it manually.

Once inside, you are in a of exquisite detail that the staggering $412,000 price (slightly) less breathtaking. As you in over the wide sill, encounter the aluminum knob of the that resides inside the And there are chrome highlights about everywhere, even on the tracks.

In a reversal of common mass-production even the surfaces that you see—such as the inside of the center covered in the finest butter-soft As in the sedan, there’s a switch in the box that lowers the Spirit of mascot into the grille, a that’s hugely amusing.

The cabin ergonomics, however, are a bit baffling. The controls for adjusting the for example, are located in a compartment in the armrest, which means passenger has to move his arm if you want to your seat. The seat-heater is hidden down the side of the console. And minor controls can be to locate and decipher.

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We wanted to reduce clutter as as possible, to make the car feel like a home environment, engineering director Helmut In some cars, the owner to show off all of the features, to see all of the controls, but not so important for the Rolls-Royce owner.

Under that vast hood, the Drophead employs the sedan’s 453-hp V-12 a six-speed automatic. BMW, parent, donated its 6.0-liter as a starting point. To provide the required of a proper Rolls and as a nod to BMW increased the engine’s displacement to liters to match that of previous long-serving V-8.

mighty V-12 really suit the Rolls. With 75 of engine power available only 1000 rpm, the throttle response is relaxed but to 60 mph is achieved in just 5.7 seconds, to the factory, and the top speed is limited to 149 With a shorter wheelbase its sedan sibling, the Drophead in with a bit more agility, but car does not by any stretch provide a experience.

The most impressive thing driving the Rolls isn’t the though. It is the near total of cowl shake, the bane of convertibles. That rigidity is due to the triangulated A-pillar, which right down to the floor.

impressive is the intrusive wind that affects even occupants, but with the five-layer roof up, this Rolls is as and refined as any luxury car.

But this Rolls is also any other car on the road. And significantly, the Coup more accurately the spirit of Rolls-Royce than any of company’s efforts in the last decades. Yes, this is a Rolls-Royce, and it’s all the more for that.

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