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The Top Gear car review:Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe
For:A ‘performance’ Roller? It’d be a ridiculous idea if it wasn’t so ridiculously good
Against:Try and park it in a normal car park. Go on, we dare you...
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What we say:
The best luxury car in the world loses its rear doors, gets a Sport button. Results are surprisingly successful...
What is it?
A Rolls-Royce with sporting pretentions? Dash and blast it, what the bally Moses do those cads think they’re doing? If it wasn’t so dashed fantastic I’d take my stick to them.
The Rolls Coupe handles. Really, it does. We understand why you’re sceptical – it is slightly longer and wider than Dorset after all – but the steering and ride have been firmed up and there’s even a ‘sport’ button. A sport button! In a Rolls! We’d actually be angry if it wasn’t so damn good.
Rolls-Royce’s legendary 6.75-litre V12 provides the power here: all 453bhp and 531lb ft of torque of it. Which means a sub-six second 0-60mph sprint and a top speed in excess of 150mph. In a car with roughly the same kerbweight as a cruise liner.
On the inside
Unsurpassed. You could happily spend a day poking around all the glorious detailing on the Phantom Coupe – the suicide doors, the umbrellas that pop out of the front wings, the thick carpet, the switchgear – but you’d probably rather just go and drive the thing, right? It’s practical in the way that having a personal, highly-paid assassin is practical.
It costs over £300,000. We think you can guess the rest.