This could be the most lavish and opulent car that you will ever lay eyes upon. The Phantom Drophead, which is Rolls-Royce speak for convertible is a rolling masterpiece of motoring art.
The Phantom Drophead marks the future for Rolls-Royce by blending the classic and innovative. Features such as the mechanically rising and lowering "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament and the classic rear-hinged doors with standard power closing mechanism exemplify this unique mix.
The Phantom Drophead's exquisite design elements make it a stand out on any roadway in the world. The pronounced corners end-cap a front end with a grill that resembles a Roman colonnade framed by bold new LED headlights. Even the convertible is striking, with its teak deck and cashmere lining.
The Phantom is powered by a massive a six and three quarter liter V12 that generates 453 horsepower and 531 pound feet of torque. This immense power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission, taking the nearly 6,000-lb Rolls from 0 to 60 in just 5.6 seconds.
Fuel consumption, for those concerned with such mundane matters, is listed at 11 miles per gallon city, 18 miles per gallon highway.
The sumptuous cabin does not disappoint. The wood dash is laden with notable features such as a power reserve gauge and clock panel that rotates to reveal the multimedia and navigation systems. The controller for this system, as well as seat and convertible controls stay respectfully hidden in the armrest until called upon.
The thin multifunction steering wheel sits like a work of art- shod in leather and guiding the optional 21-inch wheels with self-centering "RR" logo.
Base MSRP for the 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is $407,000, enough for a fleet of lesser motor vehicles. Options such as the stainless steel hood and teak convertible deck combo will add $17,000 to that figure. The Phantom Drophead comes with a 4-year, unlimited miles basic warranty with free roadside service.
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Sitting in the new Drophead coupe from Rolls Royce, one will experience the spectacular combination of ability, versatility and fitness for purpose that has been crafted into this rolling work of art...singular attributes impossible to duplicate in any other motorcar.