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2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

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2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe rear view

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe above view

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe interior

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe interior console

2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe hood ornament

Year (of specifications) 2008
Engine 6750 cc V12
Transmission 6 speed RWD
Max speed 149 mph (electronically limited)
0-60 5.9 seconds
Horsepower 453 bhp @ 5350 rpm
weight 2620 kgs / 5776 lbs

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is the production version of the Rolls-Royce 100EX Centenary concept car of 2004. The 2008 Phantom Drophead Coupe will go on show at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show with few visual differences to the initial concept car. Although the V16 from the 100EX has been swapped in favour of the more conventional 6.75 litre V12.

Because of the open top lifestyle the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe will endure, the car uses nautical styling influences, like the 100EX did. Such as teak decking behind the rear seats, wipe clean seats and a moisture resistant carpet. Other styling elements carried over from the 100EX include the unpainted brushed aluminium bonnet and A-pillars.

The two-door, four-seat Phantom convertible is a less formal interpretation of classic Rolls-Royce design. Using the lightweight rigidity of an all-aluminium spaceframe, it marries modern technology to a sleek, streamlined convertible body.

The exterior lines of the Phantom Drophead Coupe echo the timeless styling of the great Rolls-Royce cars: a long bonnet, large-diameter wheels, short front and long rear overhangs and the quintessential dynamic line descending along its flanks. Inside, the design emphasises the airy openness of top-down motoring, embracing the elements and creating a stunning, social environment.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Designer, Ian Cameron, said, "This car gave us the chance to think about the very nature of convertible motoring and in particular what it means to Rolls-Royce. Above all we were determined to make this car a joy to live with and engineered it to give years of effortless service to its owner."

Front opening coach doors have been homologated for the 2008 Phantom Drophead Coupe and add considerably to the ease of access to the rear seat, as well as to the overall aesthetics. Unique to Rolls-Royce, the doors dramatically transform the Phantom Drophead Coupé's looks, giving a side profile reminiscent of classic sports cars of the '60s. Crucially, they also aid the overall stiffness of the body as the rear hinged doors allow for an uninterrupted A-pillar.

"The Phantom Drophead Coupé is about emphasising the essentials of pleasure," says Cameron. "Above all, we were determined to make this car a joy to live with. Rolls-Royce is the opposite of stiff formality. Why would you design and build a car like this and not make it fun to use?"

At the front of the Drophead Coupe sits a new, more rakish grille, giving the car a more casual air while retaining its classic looks. Finished in steel, the centre fins are polished while the surround is brushed to match the optional brushed steel bonnet and A-pillar. The grille is hinged at the top in order to give way in the event of a low-speed impact. On top sits the Spirit of Ecstasy, remodelled using advanced computer software. These days she has a more lifelike appearance, with clear definition of her features. Finished in stainless steel, the Spirit of Ecstasy is also available in silver or gold via the Bespoke program at Goodwood.

The front end of the 2008 Phantom Drophead Coupé is more streamlined than that of previous Rolls-Royce cars. Slim front LED side lights sit above larger round driving lamps. The front bumper is integrated into the design, further softening the look. A discreet camera nestles underneath the numberplate to provide an excellent split-screen view of the road ahead, via the onboard monitor, to help when parking or when pulling out of a side road.

An entirely new palette of nine exterior colours has been developed for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé: Metropolitan Blue, Admiral Blue, Jubilee Silver, Diamond Black, Duck Egg Blue, Semaphore Yellow, English White, Woodland Green and Ensign Red. These are complimented with hood colours in Silver, Black, Beige, Navy Blue, Deep Red and Deep Green.

The interior of the Phantom Drophead Coupe revolves around the idea of an indoor/outdoor space: an all-weather passenger compartment that combines the practicality required for convertible motoring with the sumptuous elegance expected of Rolls-Royce. Rather than take inspiration solely from the automotive world, Chief Interior Designer Alan Shepherd looked elsewhere. "In 2004, when we were designing 100EX, we visited a boatyard in Southampton where one of the famous 1930s America's Cup J-class yachts was being restored. We were struck by the variety and uses of different materials throughout. All of the J-class yachts have a tremendous sense of purposeful elegance about them, and this was something that we were keen to emulate."

The Phantom Drophead Coupé's advanced aluminium spaceframe is at the heart of its refined, dynamic driving experience. Lightweight and exceptionally strong, it impacts positively on ride, comfort and safety. Its inherent rigidity is essential in isolating vibration and maintaining the hushed interior calm associated with the brand. The new car is shorter than the Phantom by 250 mm / 9.8 in, so turn-in is slightly quicker, making for a wholly more agile driving experience.

Ample power is supplied by a 6.75-litre, naturally aspirated, V12 engine. Developing 453 bhp / 338 kW and 720 Nm / 531 lb ft of torque at 3500 rpm, delivery is smooth and abundant. Furthermore, with 75 per cent of engine power available at just 1000 rpm, progress from a standstill is easy and remains so throughout the rev range. The highly effcient unit uses direct injection and variable valve timing. The engine is mated to a six-speed ZF automatic shift-by-wire gearbox.

Similar and related vehicles:
  2005 Rolls Royce Phantom
  2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Black
Rolls-Royce 200EX Concept
Rolls-Royce 100EX Concept
Rolls-Royce 101EX Concept

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