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Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

By luanpa in | August 18, 2010 | (1) Comment

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe is a unique rearward-opening two-door car. This couper is the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line. A number of subtle but significant modifications have been made that change its character. It is noticeably more dynamic, whilst still offering incredible levels of comfort a balance not easily achieved.

Most of the creature comforts found in regular luxury cars are onboard the stately Phantom Coupe. Phantom Coupe is the third new model from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars since BMW Group became custodian of the marque in 1998. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe marries cutting-edge technology with a beautifully proportioned, muscular body that exudes power and style. Utterly contemporary in appearance, it nonetheless incorporates timeless Rolls-Royce design cues such as the long bonnet, large-diameter wheels, short front and long rear overhangs and the classic dynamic, rising profile.

The carpets are made of deep-pile sheepskin that’ll have you bringing slippers along for the ride. The RR logos in the 21-inch wheels don’t spin. The doors open rearward for a graceful entry and exit. The trunk opens with a two-piece “picnic” lid. Then there’s the optional “Starlight Headliner,” which turns the interior roof into a starry night with fiber-optic lights and holes punched individually by hand.

Rolls-Royce has attempted to set the Coupe apart with driving dynamics that are a bit edgier than what its siblings offer. Stiffer rear dampers and modified spring rates firm up the suspension without noticeably affecting ride quality, and a thicker rear antiroll bar is said to reduce body lean in hard cornering. The steering wheel rim is slightly thicker and supposedly offers more road feel, and a Sport button on the wheel itself activates a more aggressive transmission mode. These tweaks don’t exactly turn the Phantom Coupe into a sports car, but they do make for a more driver-centric experience than you’d expect from something that’s 18 feet long and 5,800 pounds.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe is powered by a 6.7-liter V12 capable of 453 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels. Rolls-Royce estimates that the two-door Phantom will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

This coupe has a pretty nice interior. Almost every surface is adorned in beautifully crafted veneer, shiny chrome, soft cashmere or the sumptuous hides of between 15 and 18 Bavarian cattle. The dashboard has so much wood on it that you might mistake it for a clothes bureau. The driver is greeted by classically simple gauges and a minimalist control panel. The climate controls are mounted a little low on the dash, however, and they consist of strange thumb wheels instead of dials or buttons with a digital display. More complex functions like the navigation system are managed by an interface similar to BMW’s iDrive system, with the trademark mouselike controller hiding inside the center console when not in use and the LCD screen disappearing behind the classic analog clock.

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  1. Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!