Rolls Phantom Coupe vs Aston Martin DB9
It's Goldfinger revisited: TG recreates the famous Aston/Rolls car chase...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
Goldfinger's Ghost was huge. He'd told everyone it was heavy because it was armoured, remember, whereas in fact he replaced its aluminium panelwork with white gold to smuggle the stuff out of the country. The Phantom Coupé is also, when you walk up to it, OMG big. High, for a start. Don't be fooled by the word coupe - you're on a level sightline with people driving Range Rovers. And it's 5.6 metres long. When you arrive at an autoroute toll barrier, be careful not to draw quite level with the ticket- dispenser. If you do, the Spirit of Ecstasy, way up ahead, will kiss the barrier.
The design makes more of the size. The smallness of the windows and lights exaggerates the acreage of metal. And what metal: don't you love that brushed-steel bonnet flowing back from the grille.