Rolls Phantom Coupe vs Aston Martin DB9
It's Goldfinger revisited: TG recreates the famous Aston/Rolls car chase...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
Your eye alights on these details as experience mounts up. There's so much to get to know on this car. And, to be fair, some of it is misery. The satnav, normally hidden away behind a clock panel, is one of the most user-unfriendly of any car on sale, thanks to awful latency and a clunky 1.0 iDrive controller.
But I know the way. I drive more miles in France than England most years, and never did they slip under a car with as little effort on my part as they do now. The Coupé isn't entirely silent at speed; there's a bit of wind noise. It isn't perfectly, perfectly stable on the big straights, though it's ruddy good. But there's something about the way it holds itself. There's a near fathomless well of torque (the power-reserve gauge reads 80 per cent remaining untapped at 85-odd mph). The ride, on adaptive air suspension, is always untroubled, even if not meringue-soft. The steering is very low-geared - you take roundabouts and tight corners with huge movements from the shoulders, not wristy little flicks - but every millimetre of rim motion is translated into action, so straight-line running is dead easy. The sheer space around your body encourages deep, relaxed breathing.