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The Top Gear car review: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

£340,616
8/10
Overall verdict

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...
The most exclusive, awe-inspiring coupe ever? The Phantom Coupe is right up there…

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Our choice

Rolls-Royce

II 2dr Auto

£340,616
N/A
19mpg
5.60s
453bhp
347g/km

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.

Driving

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.

Owning

It costs over £300,000. We think you can guess the rest.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
II 2dr Auto
5.6s 347g/km 19.1 453 £340,616
The cheapest
II 2dr Auto
5.6s 347g/km 19.1 453 £340,616
The greenest
II 2dr Auto
5.6s 347g/km 19.1 453 £340,616

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

7/10

Rolls-Royce Wraith

£231,128
Sporting Rollers come cheaper - try the smaller, Ghost-based Wraith before you write that cheque...