By Ian Merritt on June 8, 2009
When the nation is in troubling economic times, car manufacturers are filing for Chapter 11 and talk about expensive cars means you might spend $30K on a sedan, the name “Rolls-Royce” is the last thing you’ll hear in the news. Well, the only reason I’m mentioning it now is because at Cars.com, we never get our hands on one. So when Rolls-Royce asked if we would like to test-drive and photograph the Rolls Royce Phantom Coupé and the Extended Wheelbase Phantom, we jumped at the chance.
As a historical design icon, Rolls-Royce keeps up its legacy while adding cutting-edge technology that puts a modern twist on a classic look. As new screens, buttons and creatively lit headliners are added, the wood, fine leather, lamb’s wool carpet and plush interior quality reinforce the fact that the current Phantom is still, above all else, a Rolls-Royce: Decadent, over-the-top and way too comfortable — three things my car will never be. But I can envy them, right? And how can you not adore that hood ornament? On these models, you can even electronically retract it before it ends up on a chain around some suburban kid’s neck.
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