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ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM COUPÉ TO MAKE ASIAN DEBUT AT AUTO CHINA 2008

  • 07.04.2008
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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Coupé for the first time in
the Asia Pacific region at the 10th Auto China 2008 Beijing, to be held at the
New China International Exhibition Center, on Sunday, 20 April 2008.

The Coupé, the fourth new model from Rolls-Royce under BMW Group ownership, is
the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line-up. This two-door,
four-seater model has already seen outstanding demand with this year’s
production already sold.

A modern grand touring coupé in the finest tradition, this car is powered by
the Phantom’s 6.75-litre V12, producing 460hp and 720Nm of torque making it the
definitive choice for all-day, long distance driving. With its engine tuned for
immense low down torque, the new Rolls-Royce effortlessly achieves the 0-100
km/h sprint in 5.8 seconds, and continues rapidly towards an electronically
governed top speed of 250km/h.

A combination of segment-leading fuel economy and a 25 percent increase in fuel
capacity, compared to the Drophead Coupé, increases driving range to more than
600 kilometres. A spacious picnic boot with split tail compartment gives easy
access to 395 litres of space. The lower part of the tailgate provides a
comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered.

The highly advanced spaceframe aluminium chassis endows the Coupé with the
marque’s legendary ride comfort, handling and safety. It is the most
torsionally rigid Rolls-Royce ever built. The unique architecture of the car is
further augmented by the rear-hinged coach doors, allowing the easiest possible
access to the rear lounge seat.

To ensure a perfect balance of refinement and driver involvement, Rolls-Royce
developed a new gearbox programme, stiffer rear dampers and modified spring
rates. In addition, a thicker rear anti-roll bar, modified brake response and
tuned steering offer more feel over other Phantom models.
As with every Rolls-Royce car, the finely hand-crafted interior of the Coupé
can be personalised via the Bespoke programme, allowing for any number of
features, each tailored to the taste of the individual. For example, customers
can choose from more than 44,000 different colours.

The Phantom Coupé’s cabin can be ordered with an optional, full-length
starlight headlining, incorporating 1600 tiny fibre optics to create the
ambience of a star-filled night sky. The new model is also available with a
brushed steel bonnet and A-pillar surround previously seen on its experimental
predecessor, the 101EX.

This will be the first time that Rolls-Royce has exhibited the complete Phantom
Series at an Asian motor show. Specially commissioned for Auto China 2008,
Bespoke versions of the Phantom Extended Wheel Base and the Phantom Drophead
Coupé will be on display.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chairman, Ian Robertson, said, “We regard Auto China as
the natural platform for the Asian launch of the new Phantom Coupé and our
showcase of specially commissioned cars. China, our largest market in the Asia
Pacific region and the third largest in the world, saw record sales in 2007
with growth of more than 50 per cent and we expect to see continued success in
this market.”

Production of the new car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2008.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars saw sales in 2007 increase by 25 per cent, compared to
2006, with retails of 1010 cars.

 

If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact:

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Emily Dungey

Tel.: +44-1243-38-4065
E-mail: emily.dungey@rolls-roycemotorcars.com

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