Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead CoupeMon, 01 Jan 2007
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Drophead Coupe at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday 7 January. A number of features first seen on 100EX, the experimental concept shown by Rolls-Royce in 2004, have been engineered into the new Phantom Drophead Coupe. 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. This teak decking is treated with a carefully blended mix of oils to preserve a natural finish and a long lasting lustre.
Front opening coach doors have been homologated for the new car. Unique to Rolls-Royce, the doors dramatically transform the Phantom Drophead Coupe's looks, giving a side profile reminiscent of classic sports cars of the '60s.
Luggage is housed within a 'picnic boot', a split tail compartment that opens in two parts. 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 list price will be US$407,000.