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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

Oh dear! My friend reckons the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé is 'an overpriced old barge'.

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 16, 2011
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Oh dear! My friend reckons the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé is 'an overpriced old barge'. This, of course, is absolute nonsense. My poorly informed mate scoffs because this open-top beauty is not particularly sporty. He argues that for less money motorists can have a 'more thrilling and engaging convertible'. He is missing the point. The £332,400 Phantom is not supposed to be a hard-core racer. It is a supreme cruiser. Nobody criticises the Queen Mary 2 for being slower across the Atlantic than a fighter jet.

Despite this, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé has a monstrous 6.75-litre engine. Its purpose is to make driving smooth and effortless, not necessarily fast. However, this beautifully crafted machine still reaches 62mph in 5.6 seconds. The only thing it does quicker is empty its fuel tank. Expect to average 18mpg and manage 12.2 in town. Wherever you drive this machine is astonishingly quiet, comfortable, and relaxing.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé has various features to make life cosy. The rear-hinged doors, for example, close by pressing buttons. Very nice too. The boot is also clever. This opens in two sections, the lower part forming a seat for two luxury loving motorists. Fair enough, but I prefer the leather interior with its electric cashmere roof. My friend now understands this luxurious cruiser. Not every posh convertible has to be sporty.

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 16, 2011