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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

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      24.11.2008 00:31
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      A true Roller

      Okay, let me start off by saying that I do *not* like the looks of this car - it's too brash, too obnoxious and doesn't, to me, seem like a true Roller in the same way a Phantom saloon does. Rolls Royces should let you know that they're there with a quiet tap on the shoulder, they shouldn't do it with a punch in the face like this one does. However, I should note that the brushed-aluminium bonnet and the teak decking at the rear is a masterstroke and totally in keeping with the car's character.

      Anyway, past the loud exterior and inside you're surrounded by the same interior as you are in the Phantom, the only difference being the lack of two extra doors and slightly less space in the back. However, the fact that the interior is the same is no bad thing - it's one of the most luxurious and relaxing places one can be.

      Once you get on the move, the car's character comes to life - and it's very different to that of the saloon. The saloon should never really be driven by its owner, it should be chauffeur driven, whilst the drophead *should* be driven by its owner at an unhurried place in somewhere sunny. Handling is acceptable for something that's 1000000000000 miles long, and, cruising along at ~50 mph on a flowing B-road the drophead is in its prime, and is very satisfying to drive. It also makes you feel very important. I should also note that wind noise, with either the cashmere-lined roof up or down is excellent, even at motorway speeds.

      Space in the back is very good - plenty for 6" + adults, and the boot is also a perfect size for a weekend getaway.

      Overall, this is a car to keep in your holiday home and drive when you simply want to think, not when you want to race. Yes, it's got a loud exterior, but inside this car really does have the essence of Rolls Royce.

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