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2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé / Drophead Preview

Pros and Cons
Pros

The 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom, in all its versions, is the crème de la crème when it comes to luxury. It can be considered the ultimate luxury exotic car. The Coupé and Drophead are the two-door and convertible iterations.

Owning a Rolls-Royce is practically an achievement and is nothing less than a symbol of worldly riches and elegance. No one will ever doubt your purchase.

Cons

Reliability and ownership costs could be an issue for common folk so those purchasing a Phantom have nothing to worry about.


Price of the 2013 Rolls-Ryce Phantom coupé
Base price for the 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé is expensive. The Drophead, more so. Pricing starts at over $430,000.

2013 Rolls-Ryce Phantom coupé Exterior styling
The 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé and Drophead are stunning examples of what this storied carmaker can do. The front ends of the cars are unmistakingly Rolls-Royce with its Spirit of Ecstasy adorning the large bonnet and waterfall grille. Another signature element is the suicide doors that make quite a scene.

Full LED headlamps frame the optional brushed aluminum bonnet and “A” pillar or windscreen surround. This detail puts the enormous expanse of bonnet where it belongs: in everybody’s face.

All that steel can be painted any of 16 colours or Rolls can create nearly any colour you’d like from a swatch.

Two-tone finishes and hand-painted coachlines are also ways to further personalize your Roller. As well, there are 12 different wheel styles to chose from, all featuring unique self-righting wheel centres.

Inside the 2013 Rolls-Ryce Phantom coupé
The Coupé and Drophead’s cabins are slathered in the finest leathers, wood veneers and plush wool carpets. The level of craftsmanship and attention to detail are second to none.

The atmosphere that reigns inside the car is amplified by extreme luxury and soft surfaces. The interior is highly customizable through a number of different colour combinations.

As hyper luxury exotic cars (sporty-ish in the Coupé’s case), the Rolls-Royce two-door Phantoms feature every desirable option and piece of technology. The cars’ ergonomics are graceful and functional. The dashboard is highlighted by mirror-like surfaces and the deep lustre of woods. The seats are supremely comfortable; sitting in the rear isn’t bad either.

Cargo capacity

The 2013 Rolls-Royce Coupé’s boot has a useable volume of 395 litres. The Drophead’s drops to 315 litres.

Powertrain
The 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé and Drophead are powered by a 6 ¾L V12. It produces 453 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. They reach 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. The Drophead top speed is limited to 150 mph or 240 km/h. The Coupé will do 5 mph or 10 km/h more. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
All manner of airbags and electronic nannies are standard on the 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé and Drophead.

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2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé / Drophead front view
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