The Phantom Coupe is a massive automobile in the grandest of tradition.
In 2007, Rolls-Royce sold 20 percent more cars than the year before. Since BMW
took over one of the most traditional British brands in 1998, only Emily (the
nickname of the Flying Lady that adorns the cars' grilles) remains. Today,
Rolls-Royce resides in Goodwood, U.K., manufacturing its Phantom models. After
this summer, this Phantom Coupe will be added to the model mix.
Based on the Drophead Coupe soft-top, and sharing most of its dimensions, the
closed version comes with upgraded suspension and will therefore be the
sportiest Rolls in the range. It also retains the Drophead's unique
suicide-style doors. The engine and corresponding power remain the same, but its
453 bhp and 531 lb.-ft. of torque from the 6.75-liter V- 12 should be more than
adequate. It delivers power to the rear wheels via a 6-speed automatic
transmission. Incidentally, the fuel capacity has been increased by 25 percent
over the convertible version. The lower tailgate can be positioned to create a
seating platform for two adults, called the "picnic boot."
The Phantom Coupe is a massive automobile in the grandest of tradition. Riding
on a 130.7-in. wheelbase, the new coupe measures 220.8 in. in overall length and
has 21-in. wheels. Priced at Euro 360,000 (the U.S. price has yet to be given),
the Phantom Coupe is for the lucky few.