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ROLLS-ROYCE LAUNCHES PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPE AT DETROIT
Sat Dec 30 01:15:00 CET 2006 Press Release
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Drophead Coupé at the Detroit Motor Show on Sunday 7 January. Production of the new car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2007.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Drophead Coupé at the
Detroit Motor Show on Sunday 7 January. Production of the new car will start at
Goodwood in the summer of 2007.
The two-door, four-seat 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
Its exterior lines 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
A number of features first seen on 100EX, the experimental convertible shown by
Rolls-Royce in 2004, have been engineered into the new Phantom Drophead Coupé.
Two of the most visually striking of these are the brushed steel bonnet and
A-pillar and the teak decking for the rear hood cover. The brushed steel is
machine finished to give a uniform grain before undergoing extensive hand
polishing to achieve a perfect sheen. At the rear, the teak decking is treated
with a carefully blended mix of oils to preserve a natural finish and a long
lasting lustre that is as beautiful as it is hardy.
Front opening coach doors have been homologated for the new car 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.
Luggage is housed within a picnic boot, a split tail compartment that opens in
two parts giving easy access to the 315 litres of space. The lower tailgate
provides a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered. Careful
engineering of the folding soft-top roof means that it stows in a relatively
small space resulting in a luggage compartment that remains unaffected
regardless of whether the roof is up or down.
The fabric hood is the largest of any modern convertible car and its acoustic
insulation is exemplary. Five layers of material ensure that the cabin remains
a serene space, even at speed. Lined with cashmere it has been tailored to stow
in a relatively small space.
At the core of the Phantom Drophead Coupé is an advanced aluminium chassis,
perhaps the single most significant component in delivering the marques
legendary refinement. Lightweight and exceptionally strong, it impacts
positively on ride comfort, handling and safety. Hand made, it requires over
140 meters of welding in each chassis. Power is supplied by the same 6.75 litre
naturally aspirated V12 engine found in the Phantom saloon, giving brisk
performance and a 0-60mph time of 5.7 seconds.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chairman and Chief Executive, Ian Robertson, said, “The
Phantom Drophead Coupé marks the next chapter in our history. While the saloon
continues as the brand flagship, the Drophead leads us in a more informal
direction, attracting new buyers to the marque. In the coming years other new
models will strengthen the company still further.”
The Phantom Drophead Coupé has been carefully crafted to be aesthetically
pleasing, yet practical too. Wood, leather, chrome and brushed steel have been
used where most appropriate. Form and function have equal billing. The
simplicity of the design belies a car built to provide years of effortless
service. It will offer owners an unparalleled convertible experience,
combining compelling driveability with exceptional engineering, technology and
design - hand crafted from the finest materials to an exceptional level of