Rolls Phantom Coupe vs Aston Martin DB9
It's Goldfinger revisited: TG recreates the famous Aston/Rolls car chase...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
So does a regular Phantom. And here we come to my tiny beef with the Coupé. In pursuit of an unnecessary change in dynamics, something has been lost. The Phantom saloon has the best low-speed ride of any car, and the best supression of high-speed shudders. The Coupé doesn't. So even though overall it still rides mighty well, an element of the unique Rolls-ness has been lost.
But there's no shortage of Aston-ness in the ‘new' DB9. It feels solidly made and brutally fast, and its glorious V12 is one of the very greatest powerplants in any car. As I shadowed PH, I wondered whether any car could transport a character like James Bond across a continent with such style, grace and immense pace. The answer is, surely, no. Bond would crave the clear, white-on-black instruments of his old DB3, and some of the interior's classic functionality, but little else. Bond - and Fleming himself - would have loved this car, not least because it is three times more powerful than a DB3. I couldn't wait to jump in the DB9's red seat, set the satnav for ‘London' and just drive.