Rolls-Royce To Launch Phantom Drophead Coupé at 2007 Detroit
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LONDON - January 7, 2006: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Drophead Coupé at the
Detroit Motor Show later today. 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 body.
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 owner.”
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
To watch the introduction of the 101EX (the 100EX's sister concept
car) at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show scroll down to the bottom and
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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
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
marque’s legendary refinement. Lightweight and exceptionally strong,
it impacts positively on ride comfort, handling and safety. Hand made, it
requires over 140 metres 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
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 quality.
• The Phantom Drophead Coupé uses 1300 new parts over those developed for
• The Phantom Drophead Coupé is the first such car to be offered
by Rolls-Royce since 2002, the last being the Corniche.
• The Phantom
Drophead Coupé will be hand built alongside the Phantom at Rolls-Royce
Motor Cars’ manufacturing plant at Goodwood on the South Coast of
The 2007 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars product range:
Phantom £219,975; US$333,350; 328,000 Euros Launched Jan 03
Phantom Extended Wheelbase £260,500; US$395,000; 385,500 Euros Launched
Phantom Drophead Coupé £260,000; US$407,000; 370,000 Euros Launched Jan
Prices are based on standard models excluding optional extras. All
prices are net of local taxes and delivery charges.