All eyes on ‘Phantom coupe’ from Rolls-Royce

All eyes on ‘Phantom coupe’ from Rolls-Royce
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First Published: Tue, Feb 19 2008. 04 00 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Feb 19 2008. 04 00 PM IST
New Delhi: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Coupé at the 78th International Geneva Motor Show on 4 March 2008. Production of the new car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2008. The car will be powered by the Phantom’s 6.75-litre V12, producing 453 bhp, 720 Nm of torque.
Production of the new car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2008
The car has two doors, is eighteen-and-a-half feet and is descended from the 101EX concept which is nearly all-aluminum on an aluminum spaceframe, with steel apparent in only the A-pillar surround, hood, and picnic boot. Behind the raked grill of the coupé resides the 6.75-liter V12 with 453-HP and 530 lb-ft to pull its 5,798 pounds. The back end of the car comes up 250mm short of the Phantom’s length and manages to pull out a BMW-like 49:51 weight distribution. To keep up the driver’s car credentials, the rear dampers are stiffer, there’s a thicker anti-roll bar, and the steering has been given some additional feel. A sport button on the new, thicker steering wheel enacts a new shift programme that holds gears longer, the autobox kicks down faster, and the pedal response is quicker. With the changes, 60 comes up in a rather sporting 5.6 seconds. Three choices of 21-inch wheels will be offered, two of them forged alloy numbers.
Inside are all of the usual Rolls-Royce accoutrements, but the only two words you need to remember are: ”starlight headliner.” You might not want to have it on all the time, but as a showstopper it will certainly do the trick.
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First Published: Tue, Feb 19 2008. 04 00 PM IST