Rolls Phantom Coupe vs Aston Martin DB9
It's Goldfinger revisited: TG recreates the famous Aston/Rolls car chase...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
The vault door swings open on its rear hinges, making entry untroubled. No need to grunt to shut it; just touch a button, and an electric butler draws it closed. Welcome to one of autodom's finest interiors. Even the front seats are like club sofas - none of that go-faster side bracing. Take things steady in this car and you can still get along briskly. The gentle giant of a V12 idles softly enough that you can be fooled into thinking it's off and re-pressing the start button.
What's glorious about this cabin? In no particular order: polished ash-trays that emerge like drums from the doors. Umbrellas concealed in the front wings. Art Deco cinema mood lighting. The fibre-optic starlight headlining (an option, but why ever woudn't you?). The solid clunk of the light switch. The astonishing stereo sound. The chrome and laquered wood surrounds to the windows where normal cars just leave an exposed rubber seal. The organ-stop vents with electrical shutter servos. The door mirrors, which have a chrome finisher around the glass where any other car just leaves an unfinished edge.