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The Top Gear car review: Rolls-Royce Drophead
Against:Makes you about as inconspicuous as appearing on telly
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What we say:
The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a unique way to travel, perhaps more like a beautifully built water craft than a car.
What is it?
Can you carry this off? Winning the Lottery isn’t enough - you need a freakish level of assured unflappability to pilot what is basically a yacht, complete with decking.
You don’t drive a Phantom like a racing car, because it takes up so much road space. But the steering is accurate and the reactions faithful. It’s fun to be brisk in; just don’t bother being fast.
The 6.75-litre V12 is more than adequate, graceful and buttery-smooth. And well able to overtake when it’s fitting to do so. Auto kickdowns can be a bit jerky though, and there’s no tiptronic over-ride.
On the inside
It would get windy in the back with the roof down, and rear seat room is adequate rather than gigantic, but up front this is gorgeously sumptuous. Oh and with the roof up it’s refined and quiet, a cocoon from the evil storms.
When you really poke about the cabin, there is the odd plasticky switch. But the craftsmanship of wood and leather and metal and paint is beautiful, and the underlying solidity unimpeachable. The Phantom is a banker.
Well, depreciation expressed as a percentage isn’t bad: it’ll lose half its value in three years. Unfortunately that means a grand a week. But look on the bright side: alongside that, insurance and servicing and fuel will feel like bargains.