Friday, September 28, 2012

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé is a British handmade (except chassis) luxury coupe manufactured by Rolls-Royce that debuted at the 2008 Geneva International Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland, on 6 March 2008. The platform is based on the 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom and has styling heavily derived from the Rolls-Royce 100EX, a concept car unveiled to celebrate the company's centennial in 2004. Its interior includes leather and wood veneer. There is a button to close the "coach doors". The Phantom Coupe has the same 6.75 litre V12 as found in the other Phantom models, developing 338 kW (453 bhp) of power and 720 N·m (531 lb·ft) of torque. 


The Phantom Coupé is powered by a 6.75 L V12 ;9.0 L V16 engine, producing 459 PS (338 kW; 453 hp) that produces 453 horsepower, 531 pound-feet of torque -- with nearly 400 lb-ft, or 75 percent, available at just 1,000 rpm -- and has segment-leading fuel economy thanks to modern technology such as direct injection and variable valve and camshaft control. 

The car features reverse-opening power-closing doors, adaptive suspension with automatic four-corner leveling, 21-inch alloy wheels, a 15-speaker 420 watt sound system with navigation, and a handcrafted interior with flawless leather trim and a choice of wood veneers. The "picnic" trunk provides a seating platform for two and offers easy access to the luggage compartment. Optional equipment includes front and rear parking cameras and a wide array of paint colors and interior trim material choices. A unique option is a full-length "starlight" headliner, which incorporates hundreds of tiny fibre optics to give the impression of a star-filled night sky. 


The Phantom Coupé is capable to reach from 0-60mph (0-97km/h) in 5.8 seconds and have a top speed of 155mph (249km/h), with a fuel consumption in combined cycle (ECE+EUDC) 11 L/100 km (12mpg-US) while producing 377g/km of CO2. 


The Phantom Coupé was received most positive review from the critics, British famous television show Top Gear rated the car 9/10 on it's performance, 10/10 of it's quality, 9/10 on it's design, but criticized it's expensive pricing as it costs over £300,000. As part of the luxury convertible auto-mobile's market, The Phantom Coupé finding very few competitors offering such a unique combination of size, power and luxury, it's main competitor were Bentley Continental GT, Bentley Mulsanne or Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG


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