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By Cars.com Staff
March 7, 2011
The Phantom Drophead Coupe is a convertible version of Rolls-Royce's Phantom sedan. It competes in a small segment of ultra-luxurious, highly customizable convertibles that includes the Bentley Azure T convertible.
New for 2011 Rolls-Royce marks the centennial of its Spirit of Ecstasy "flying lady" hood ornament with the Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection, 100 Phantom models that can be ordered with exclusive exterior colors and trim, wood veneers and interior trim, and commemorative plaques.
Exterior The automaker says the Phantom sedan and convertible share no major exterior panels, though they look similar enough that Rolls-Royce aficionados will easily identify the tree this Drophead fell from. Rolls-Royce says the rear-hinged coach doors give easy access for rear passengers and add to the overall strength of the body by allowing an uninterrupted front roof pillar. Exterior features include:
Rear trunk gate flips down for what Rolls-Royce calls "picnic" seating for two
21-inch wheels with run-flat tires
Variety of optional 21-inch wheels
Available brushed stainless steel hood, teakwood deck
Interior The four-seat interior comes drenched in wood, leather and chrome. Rolls-Royce says it avoided bleaches, stains and lacquers in favor of natural surfaces. The seats boast flat leather surfaces designed to be wiped free of moisture. The interior design isn't limited to the automotive realm, as inspiration is said to be taken from 1930s yachts. Interior features include:
Hand-stitched leather interior
Available mahogany, elm, oak and rosewood interior veneers
Available iPod integration
Available front and rear cameras
Available embroidered head restraints with Rolls-Royce logo or customer's design
Under the Hood The Drophead's 6.8-liter V-12 makes 453 horsepower and 531 pounds-feet of torque. The engine, transmission and driveshaft are positioned as low as possible to give a lower center of gravity for a sportier ride.
Six-speed automatic transmission
Self-leveling air suspension
Zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds
150 mph top speed (governed)
Safety Safety features include:
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system
Rollover protection system automatically deploys reinforced bars from behind the backseat head restraints
Seat-mounted and side-impact airbags
Active front head restraints
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