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ROLLS-ROYCE TO REVEAL PHANTOM COUPÉ AT GENEVA
Sat Feb 16 23:00:00 CET 2008 Press Release
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Coupé at the 78th International Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, 4 March 2008. Production of the new car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2008.
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Coupé at the 78th
International Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, 4 March 2008. Production of the new
car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2008.
The Coupé is the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line. A number of
subtle but significant modifications have been made that change its character.
It is noticeably more dynamic, whilst still offering incredible levels of
Marrying cutting-edge technology with a beautifully proportioned, muscular body
that exudes power and style, it incorporates timeless Rolls-Royce design cues
in an utterly contemporary manner.
Designed to cover great distances effortlessly, the Coupé is the perfect choice
for a transcontinental trip. Power is provided by the Phantom's 6.75-litre V12
that produces 453 bhp, 720 Nm of torque and has segment-leading fuel economy. A
25 per cent increase in fuel capacity, compared to the Drophead Coupé, adds
significant driving range. Agile, fast, long-legged and virtually silent, the
Phantom Coupé allows both driver and passengers to emerge unruffled, even after
an all-day run.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Designer, Ian Cameron, said "Rolls-Royce has
always been about pace, performance and style. For the Coupé design we gave the
quintessential Rolls-Royce design a dynamic twist. This adds a sense of drama
to the outstanding engineering and drivability that are fundamentals of
Rolls-Royce cars. The dynamic drive of the Phantom has always come as a
surprise to customers and the Coupé takes it one step further."
The Phantom Coupé features rear-hinged coach doors which add considerably to
the ease of access to the rear lounge seats as well as to the overall
aesthetics. Crucially, they aid the overall stiffness of the body as the rear
hinged doors allow for an uninterrupted A-pillar helping to make this the most
torsionally rigid Rolls-Royce ever. A brushed steel finish of A-pillar and
bonnet, as seen for the first time on 100EX, is also available for the Coupé.
At the rear is a spacious picnic boot. A split tail compartment that opens in
two parts, gives easy access to 395 litres of space. The lower tailgate also
provides a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered.
At the core of the Phantom Coupé is an advanced aluminium chassis, perhaps the
single most significant component in delivering the marque's legendary
refinement. Lightweight and exceptionally strong, it impacts positively on ride
comfort, handling and safety. Hand made, it requires over 130 meters of welding
to create each body.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chairman and Chief Executive, Ian Robertson, said, "The
Coupé has been designed and engineered to be the most dynamic interpretation of
our values. Our 2007 sales figures illustrate how successful the entire model
range has been with an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year."