Rolls-Royce to reveal its new Phantom Coupé at the Geneva Motor Show
20 February 2008
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Coupé at the 78th International Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, 4 March 2008. Production of the new car will start in the summer of 2008 at Goodwood, England.
The Coupé is the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line.
A few subtle but significant modifications have been made to give it a facelift. It is noticeably more dynamic, whilst still offering incredible levels of comfort.
With a design to cover great distances effortlessly, the Coupé is ideal for a transcontinental trip. The car is powered by the Phantom's 6.75-litre V12, producing 453 bhp, 720 Nm of torque and has segment-leading fuel economy. Thanks to a larger fuel tank, the car will have a 25 per cent increase in fuel capacity, compared to the Drophead Coupé. As an extended-ranger cruise, the coupe will be "agile, fast, long-legged and virtually silent."
"Rolls-Royce has always been about pace, performance and style,: said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief designer, Ian Cameron, "For the Coupé design we gave the quintessential Rolls-Royce design a dynamic twist. This adds a sense of drama to the outstanding engineering and drivability that are fundamentals of Rolls-Royce cars. The dynamic drive of the Phantom has always come as a surprise to customers and the Coupé takes it one step further."
The Phantom Coupé features rear-hinged coach doors, which add considerably to the ease of access to the rear lounge seats as well as to the overall aesthetics. Crucially, they aid the overall stiffness of the body as the rear hinged doors allow for an uninterrupted A-pillar helping to make this the most torsionally rigid Rolls-Royce ever. A brushed steel finish of A-pillar and bonnet, as seen for the first time on 100EX, is also available for the Coupé.
A split tail compartment that opens in two parts, gives easy access to 395 litres of space. The lower tailgate also provides a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chairman and chief executive, Ian Robertson, said, "The Coupé has been designed and engineered to be the most dynamic interpretation of our values. Our 2007 sales figures illustrate how successful the entire model range has been with an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year."