In 2003, Rolls Royce decided to make the Phantom a convertible version. Receiving praises from Top Gear during 2003, Rolls Royce continued to manufacture the saloon automobile, but this time with the intention to widen their market. The drophead coupe of the 2003 Rolls Royce served as the epitome of both class and top-notch performance. Following its market success, Rolls Royce decided to create a coupe version for its phantom.
Rolls Royce decided to unveil its Phantom coupe at the 2008 International Geneva Motor Show. The Rolls Royce Phantom over the years evolved to become more than just a classy vehicle. Starting as a luxury executive vehicle, the Rolls Royce Phantom has typically been seen with royal families.
In 2008, the coupe version of the Rolls Royce Phantom created so many questions. One, is this a true GT car? Two, can this car still perform as the past Rolls Royce cars? According to Rolls Royce, in an effort to explore new markets, the Rolls Royce Phantom coupe was introduced to the automotive world in an attempt to cater to GT car enthusiasts. What made Rolls Royce explore the Phantom coupe version was the desire of the car manufacturing company to compete against Bentley. Considering the number of things shared by the company with Bentley, the Continental GT and the Rolls Royce Phantom coupe are at par with each other.
100EX Dependent Design
If you will look at the Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe, the style and the design have been heavily dependent on the 100EX concept car. According to the press release of Rolls Royce, they planned on exploring new directions for the company after the public’s reception of the 100EX concept car. The 100EX luxury car was made to celebrate the centennial year of Rolls Royce in 2004.
The Phantom coupe runs on a V12 engine that produces 1,000 rpm. Though having a large engine that can easily power a truck, the Rolls Royce Phantom has a fuel economy design. This allows the car to run on limited fuel compared to other GT cars having a V12 engine.
In terms of performance, the car is just as good as other top-notch GT cars out there. It can reach 100 kilometers per hour in just 5.8 seconds. Also, it has a top speed of 250 kilometers per hour. This is not bad at all for an executive car. According to the specifications of the Rolls Royce Phantom, it can run 100 kilometers consuming only 16 liters of gas.
Positive Reception for the Phantom Coupe
Reception for the Rolls Royce Phantom coupe is somewhat positive. According to the reviews, the Rolls Royce coupe is a high-performance car that can go head to head against some of the best GT cars in the market. With the classy interiors, the Rolls Royce Phantom coupe never lost its identity as a Rolls Royce.
The third car since BMW became part of the marquee Rolls Royce brand, the Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe is a brave step towards evolving the original Phantom. This shows the importance of technology in reaching new markets in the automotive industry.
Contemporary design proportioned to meet the taste of the executives and the upper-class market, Rolls Royce stayed loyal to the initial reputation of the company. It simply integrated things that will add to the market of the car manufacturing company. According to the company, the design of the car was actually made for transcontinental trips. It caters to relaxation and great handling to accommodate both driver and passengers.