Sunday, October 5, 2008

For $400k, you too can drive the latest Rolls-Royce


We got a chance to check out the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, which officially goes on sale next month with a base price around $400,000.

Rolls-Royce says this is its sportiest model ever.

It comes with a 6.7-liter V-12 that makes 453 horsepower and 531 pounds-feet of torque.
Its suspension is stiffer than the other models in the lineup, which also enhances its performance characteristics.

The Phantom Coupe is the third new Rolls-Royce model since BMW Group bought the brand in 1998.

The Coupe possesses classic Rolls-Royce features such as the long hood (or bonnet, as the British like to say), large-diameter wheels, short overhangs in the front and long ones in the rear and the familiar rising profile.

On the front, slender LED sidelights and big, round headlights give it a distinctive design.

The edges are soft, creating a raked appearance that flows into the long bonnet and abruptly ends with sharp A-pillar lines.

Its doors are the traditional "suicide" types that Rolls is known for -- rear hinged.

To make them easier to use, there is a button inside that can be pushed to close them once you're inside the car.

In the interior, wood grains, chrome accents and rich leather are the best that you'll find in any vehicle.

Perhaps its quirkiest feature is a ceiling that can light up to produce a "stars at night" effect, with the touch of a button.
We sort of felt like this was something Rolls-Royce should have left for the after-market enthusiasts to add on.
It's like if you saw a dude wearing an expensive Armani suit, then, as a fashion accessory, he whips out a pair of those glasses you wear to watch a 3D movie. Not quite a great look.

Rolls-Royce says the Coupe is ideal for long trips, thanks to its roominess, luxury, comfort of ride and power.

It has a top speed of 155 mph and goes 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds.

While Rolls-Royce readily admits that this isn't the ultimate performance machine, the car will still hold appeal to buyers who want to own a Rolls-Royce product, with all its luxury and glamor, but want to upgrade its performance ability to some degree.

In that regard, the Phantom Coupe has accomplished its mission.

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