Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Review

  October 31, 2013


The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a two-door convertible body version of its Phantom sedan. The four-passenger Phantom Drophead Coupe is constructed on the 100EX concept of 2004. It uses lightweight rigidity of an all-aluminium space frame and is equipped with state-of-the-art systems. The model is available in one base variant.

Introduced at the Detroit Motor Show 2006, the Drophead Coupe is Rolls-Royce's second new model from after BMW Group became the caretaker of the marque in 1998. The car is easily distinguishable as a Rolls-Royce model with an iconic brand's contender in the Indian car market.

Powertrain & Performance

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe comes with a 453-horsepower 6.75-litre direct injection V12 engine that produces 531 pound-feet of torque and is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Phantom Drophead Coupe accelerates to 60 mph within 5.6 seconds, while it has a top speed of 149 mph.

Build & Styling

On the exterior, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe sports sophisticated multi-link rear suspension that helps deliver dynamic handling. The car is easily identified as a Rolls-Royce models with the brushed finish flows across the radiator grille, the steel bonnet, A-frame windscreen surround and encircles the passenger compartment and rear deck. The rear deck is wrapped in finest quality teak. The hinged doors at the rear make a good impression when they are opened. The rear trunk gate flips down for what Rolls-Royce terms "picnic" seating. A pair of large 20-inch wheels is standard, while 21-inch alloy wheels are also available.

The interior wears a luxurious look with the airy openness of soft top-down motoring; rear lounge seat; leather upholstery; two umbrellas; multi-task controller; 'shift by wire' column stalk for gear selection; eyeball vents and organ stop controls plated in high-gloss chrome; nine amplifiers and 15 speakers.

A set of pop-up roll-over protection gadgets is concealed within the rear seat headrests. Electronic stability system, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, seat-mounted, side-impact airbags, and active front head restraints are some of the other safety systems loaded on the Drophead Coupe.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • "Picnic" seating
    • 20-inch wheels
    • Teak rear deck
  • Cons

    • No hardtop convertible