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By Ben Whitworth
27 June 2008 09:00
Very good. Refinement levels are extraordinary – this is easily the quietest car we’ve ever tested, Phantom saloon excepted. Sitting in the Rolls-Royce at idle is like relaxing in a hermetically sealed vault. And that refinement never fades. It may have 2590kg to haul around but performance from the 6749cc V12 is never anything but silken, swift and silent. With 453bhp at 5350rpm and a hefty 531lb ft of torque at 3500rpm, the Phantom flows along with effortless ease, six-speed transmission slipping imperceptible between ratios. It may not bolt forward on wide throttle openings with the vigour to match twin-turbo specials like the Brooklands or Maybach but then the Phantom isn’t about gauche displays of power.
Not a bit of it. Body control is extraordinary for something so large – you don’t exactly go hot hatch baiting in a Rolls-Royce, but on a winding A-road the Coupe flows along far more quickly and cleanly that you’d anticipate. Compared to the saloon, the Coupe gets uprated suspension and a tweaked steering set-up. It works very well – the car feeling surprisingly alert and keen to change direction despite its size and weight. Lovely brakes too. The ride quality is equally astounding. Even over the most acned surfaces the Coupe simply glides with an imperious serenity, it’s suspension silently insulating the cabin from intrusion.
Good point. For a car over five and a half metres long with a three metres plus wheelbase, packaging is almost comical. Sure, there’s ample of room aboard for four and their luggage, but accommodation is generous and no more. Maybach and Bentley rivals may have it licked for head, hip and elbow room, but there’s still something very special about travelling in the rear of the Coupe.
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RE: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe (2008) CAR review
Yes I must agree this is a dashing car that you can actually take for a drive and not feel embarrased unlike the Phantom saloon which must be chauffeur driven. Unfortunatley I dont have the spare cash to buy one, but living in London means its easy to rent out from the various rental companies out there. Try www.kruuz.co.uk or their other site www.phantomhire.biz to get a self drive for the weekend
27 August 2010 02:28
RE: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe CAR review
I agree no other car like Maybach or Bentley really stand a chance in front of RR Phantom, they have really perfected it and there is no comparision. I recently rented RR Phantom Drophead Coupe from www.platinumet.co.uk and trust me it is a pleasure to drive. Not many of them available for hire in UK and I got hands on it after wating for few months. I have drove bentley and maybach but RR Phantom is way ahead than the rest.
18 June 2009 13:03
I wish some mainstream manufacturers would copy the 'less is more' approach to the interior. I'm sick of every new model having more and more tacky buttons and switches
07 July 2008 19:28
2 Tons of Class
02 July 2008 23:52
Paradoxically, it is Rolls Royce - of all manufacturers - that have chosen to make sure their engines looks like engines, and not coffee tables. Under the bonnet of your M's, AMGs and RSs, only the badging on the plastic engine cover tells you how many cylinders are going at it.
01 July 2008 17:37
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