Geneva - The new Rolls-Royce
Phantom Drophead Coupé made its European debut at the
Geneva motor show this week. Production of the new model will
begin at the company’s UK manufacturing plant at Goodwood in the
The two-door, four-seat
convertible is a less formal interpretation of classic
Rolls-Royce design than its four-door stable mate, the Phantom.
Using the lightweight rigidity of an all-aluminium spaceframe,
it marries modern technology to a sleek, streamlined convertible
Photos: Automotive Intelligence
Hand-built using the finest
quality materials to the exacting standards of Rolls-Royce, the
new Phantom Drophead Coupé is exciting customers around the
Speaking ahead of the Geneva show,
Graeme Grieve, Sales and Marketing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor
Cars, said, “The reaction to the Drophead Coupé has been
phenomenal. This year’s production has already been allocated
and there are currently only a few build slots left in 2008.
We are delighted that more than
half of the orders are from customers who have never owned a
Rolls-Royce before, so the new model is significantly expanding
the appeal of our products.”
Some of the special design
features of the Phantom Drophead Coupé are:
•Customers can specify a brushed
steel bonnet and rear teak deck. The bonnet is machine brushed
before being hand finished to ensure a uniform grain throughout.
•The Phantom Drophead Coupé is
based on an advanced aluminium spaceframe. Lightweight and
exceptionally strong, it requires over 120 metres of
•Luggage is housed within a picnic
boot, a split tail compartment that opens in two parts giving
easy access to 315 litres of space. The lower tailgate provides
a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered.
•The fabric hood is the largest of
any modern convertible car and uses five layers of material to
insulate the interior.
•Power is supplied by a 6.75 litre
naturally aspirated V12 engine giving brisk performance and a
0-60mph time of 5.7 seconds.