Rolls-Royce has been synonymous with luxury right since its inception in the early part of the 20th century and over the years they have built up a formidable reputation for bringing to the customers the best car money can buy.
They leave nothing to chance and the car which leaves their factory has the best of everything so that no one can point a finger at the quality of the vehicle or the craftsmanship that went into manufacturing it.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a testament to this ethos of the company. It is completely hand made and customised according to the taste of the individual buyer. The feature list is long and grand. What you get in the ‘London’ edition is any day fit for a queen. Think of the inlays layered with mother of pearls, a rare Asprey box to hold your precious jewels, custom made luggage, a brilliant paint job in Marzarine Blue and headrests embroidered with the double R.
The Dropdead Coupe was unveiled to the public for the first time at the North American International Auto Show at Detroit in 2007.
The platform is shared with the Phantom and the styling has been inspired by 100EX, a concept car created to celebrate 100 years of the company’s existence in 2004. At $443,000 the Drophead is the most expensive model in the Rolls-Royce range.
The exterior looks are identical to 100EX and are derived from a luxury yacht. It is a two-door four seater with the doors opening to the rear. You can order the car in practically any colour and for the record it is offered in more than 44,000 different colours and combinations. The rectangular headlights are light emitting diode (LED) while the round lights, which are mistaken for foglamps, are xenon arc lamps.
Aluminum has been extensively used in the construction of the car along with materials made by hand. The Drophead carries forward the company’s design theme which marries the luxuriant Art Deco of the 1930’s with the latest techno-modern themes of the 21st century.
The highlight of the interiors is the wood veneering which wraps the cabin’s top portion door to door ending in a beautifully hand crafted cover for the top, and is made of teak wood generally used in building yachts. This is along with the hardwood abound interior and stainless steel exterior gives the car a rare sense of exclusivity which no other car on the planet can match.
The comfort level in the rear seats is just about okay and should be so because this car is meant to be driven by the owner and not to be chauffeured around in. This brings us to the front seats and they are massively comfortable and very sumptuous. With the roof up you are totally cut off from the outside world and all the noise and the pollution. It is a serene and warm environment inside.
The car is powered by a 6750cc V12 engine which produces more power than you will ever need and it is so quiet and smooth that you will hardly hear it running. Just put the pedal to metal at any engine speed and the locomotive-like torque will just waft you ahead of any thing on the road.
It handles very well and with a precise steering coupled with cat-like reaction, which belies its size, you can drive it quite briskly. It is more fun that way than being outright fast.