After getting out of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, which I consider (relatively) relevant despite its $245,000 base price, I tried ' big Phantom Coupé.
I remember driving the Drophead (as in convertible) version of the a few years ago and thinking it is one big machine. There's something impressive about that size–the coupe is 229.9 in. long–and the Rolls' exterior design brings an undeniable stateliness and grandeur to the Coupé, which rests on 21-in. wheels...but it sure is big.
Though it does have a fold out picnic table in the trunk lid.
Again there's an impressive, very British dashboard, here with a mirrored (left-right pattern) wood veneer finish. Everything looks and feels properly stout, the gauges looking almost vintage aircraft as though there should also be an altimeter. The leather is sumptuous and while the back seat lacks the legroom of the smaller Ghost, it retains the lounge seating.
Here the power is a non-turbo 6.7-liter V-12, again from , though you won't find it in their product portfolio. With 453 bhp and 531 lb-ft of torque it is potent enough, though it is dealing with 5771 lbs of curb weight.
Still the performance is impressive for an automobile of this size, and while we didn't have the chance to stretch it legs much in Philadelphia, I do recall the Drophead's handling. You could hustle it along and have a great time, but you could never quite forget how big it is.
Rolls calls this their driver's car, but they wouldn't think of it as a sports car.
The Coupé starts at $408,000 with the possibilities of how you care to option it bounded only by smog and safety standards...and, Rolls points out, modifications that suit the brand. They would never, for instance, replace the flying lady at the top of the radiator with a skull.
There is one option I know I'd add. You can have the perforated headliner fitted with fiber optic lights that look like stars in the heavens. It's even possible to choose your own constellation. So, what will it be? Aquarius? Cassiopeia? Cygnus? Andromeda?