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The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, are both based on the 2003 Phantom. It also won the Top Gear Car of the Year Award for 2003.
Novel features Customers can choose from 44,000 paint colours, and specify any leather colour. Car has a power reserve dial indicating how much of the engine’s power is left available to the driver. The instrument cluster is not shared with any other vehicle. Doors are remote operated. The rear doors are rear-hinged, a style commonly referred to as suicide doors, but called ‘coach doors’ by Rolls-Royce. Because of the rear-seating position in relation to the rear inner-door handles, buttons are mounted on both C-pillars which operate hydraulic motors in order to close the rear doors. An electronic lock prevents the doors from being accidentally opened when moving. The car will automatically brake to a walking speed if a coach door remains open when driving off. The rear doors also house umbrellas that are stored within the doors, and can only be accessed when the front or rear doors are open. The fabric of the umbrella is coated with Teflon to assist in shedding water when the wet umbrella is stored within the door. The traditional Spirit of Ecstasy ornament has an automatic electronic retraction mechanism to prevent theft and protect pedestrians in the event of an accident. It may also be retracted by the driver at the touch of a button, and retracted when the alarm is armed. The base contains a sensor which detects movement, and will retract if tampered with. The ‘RR’ logos on each of the wheel hubs are independent bezels in order to always remain upright while the wheel is rotating.
Heated and cooled cup holders, rear-seat tables, outside-temperature indicator, universal garage door opener, power tilt/telescopic heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio, climate, and navigation controls, power open/close trunk lid, power closing doors, wireless headphones, iPod adapter, refrigerator, and air conditioning with 5-zone climate controls. There are extensive options available through the Rolls-Royce “Bespoke” programme through which the factory will create any reasonable option a customer asks for.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé is the latest convertible made by Rolls-Royce which debuted at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on 7 January 2007. The platform is based on the Rolls-Royce Phantom and has styling heavily derived from the 100EX concept car unveiled to celebrate the company’s centennial in 2005.
Series 2: 2013-onwards
In May 2012, Rolls Royce announced the Series 2 car, to be available from the 2013 model year. Series 2, updated by team including Giles Taylor, will have a number of updated and improved features, including: Replacement of round lower light with complementary rectangular LED light One-piece stamped radiator grill New single-piece wheels New side-badge design Extended chrome detailling around the side window Highlighting capture strip on bottom of boot lid Redesigned rear bumper, now one-step over two step Integrated exhaust detailling, mirroring those on coupe Simplified dashboard, including enlarged 8 inches (200 mm) LED screen Improved systems rotary controller, through use of the system used on Ghost Simplified seat designs Improved audio, telecoms and connectivity systems New 8-speed gearbox The introductory base price was £250,000 in the United Kingdom and 0,000 in the United States. After selling 805 units in 2006, Rolls-Royce first met its annual sales target of 1,000 vehicles in 2007 (1,010 Phantoms sold, Drophead Coupé sales included). The 3,000th car rolled out of the Goodwood factory in March 2007. The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong has purchased a fleet of 14 extended wheelbase Phantoms to replace the Silver Spurs in the fleet, all painted in a special “Peninsula Green” and delivered in December 2006, making history for being the largest single order for the Phantom.
The Phantom Coupé was featured in the 2011 British film Johnny English Reborn starring comedian Rowan Atkinson. In the film, the car features the 9.0-litre V16 engine found in the Rolls-Royce 100EX concept car, a voice recognition drive system and a laser system projected from the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.