Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Inspired by the America’s Cup J-class yachts of the 1930s and the Riva motor launches of the 1950s, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé continues the long tradition of two-door, four-seat Rolls-Royce convertibles. At the press of a button, you can share the pleasures of open-air driving with your fellow passengers. Then press your foot down and enjoy the power of its muscular V12 engine. Even with the hood stowed beneath the rear deck there is still ample room for weekend cases or three sets of golf clubs in the boot. The picnic boot lid provides a comfortable seat for two adults and space for a hamper making Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé the ideal choice for sporting or social occasions.

The Drophead Coupé is a less formal interpretation of classic Rolls-Royce design, inspired by classic J-class racing yachts of the 1930s. Featuring coach doors, wood and steel highlights and a soft top, it epitomises romantic, performance motoring.  The Phantom Drophead Coupé is a less formal interpretation of classic Rolls-Royce design that captures the essence of adventure of the 1930s. Its unique raked grille combined with the flowing lines of the car, gives a sense of spirit and momentum even at rest. Developed from the 100EX experimental model it offers both driver and passengers a dual experience - intimate and cocooning or embracing the elements depending on whether the roof is raised or lowered. Inspired by the J-class racing yachts of 30s (known for their performance and use of natural materials) the result is a car that epitomises romantic, performance motoring.

The convivial interior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé evokes the feeling of being aboard an elegant motor yacht. The rear-hinged coach doors allow you to embark and disembark gracefully. While the sisal carpets and optional teak deck are perfectly in keeping with the car’s informal elegance and nautical nature. The rear lounge seat turns your passengers gently towards each other, and creates a more intimate atmosphere. You can also relax in the knowledge that the windscreen surround has been designed for optimum strength and rollover protection. Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé features the largest and most refined canvas hood of any modern convertible car. Each one is tailored by hand and is available in six colours, chosen to complement and enhance the exterior paint colours. When raised, the interior is almost as whisper-quiet as Phantom’s.

"We wanted to create a car that is a shared experience," explains Charles Coldham, Chief Stylist Interior Design. "The occupants are surrounded by the finest natural materials, evoking the experience of being on board a yacht." The coach doors allow elegant entry and exit to and from the rear lounge seat that turns the passengers gently towards each other, creating a more intimate atmosphere. The signature hood is made from five layers of material including cashmere, making it both quiet and luxurious when the top is raised.

Like the Phantom saloon, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé is built on a hand-welded aluminium spaceframe that has been adapted to the needs of open-top motoring. The A-pillar and windscreen surround have been designed for optimum strength and roll-over protection. From the elevated driving position you can enjoy the power of the muscular aluminium V12 engine that offers effortless power and 75% of torque available from 1,000 rpm. With a low centre of gravity and weight distribution slightly to the rear of the car, the Drophead Coupé's drive is as spirited as its looks suggest.

At the heart of the Rolls-Royce Phantom family is a lightweight aluminium spaceframe. This remarkable piece of engineering is painstakingly hand-welded from over 500 separate parts and uses over 100 metres of weld. Incredibly light but strong, it is both stiff and dynamic, and the largest of its kind in the automotive industry. When combined with the state-of-the-art suspension technologies, it creates the air-cushioned ‘magic carpet ride’ that is characteristic of Rolls-Royce. Its incredible stiffness not only enhances the driving performance and improves comfort, it also reduces vibration, which in turn reduces noise and helps keep our interiors whisper-quiet. The double-skinned flat floor of the spaceframe conceals much of the technology, making it conspicuous by its apparent absence.


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