• MSRP: $264,850–$264,850
  • Body Style: Convertible
  • Engine: 453-hp, 6.8-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • Seats: 4
2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • No hardtop convertible

Notable Features

  • Convertible version of Phantom sedan
  • 453-hp V-12
  • Seats four
  • Rear-opening doors

2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Phantom Drophead Coupe is a convertible version of Rolls-Royce's Phantom sedan. It competes in a small segment of luxurious, highly customizable convertibles.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

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 veneers
  • 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. Mechanical features include:

  • 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
  • Side-impact airbags
  • Active front head restraints

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/unlimited

Powertrain

48mo/unlimited

Roadside Assistance Coverage

48mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/unlimited

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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