Rolls Phantom Coupe vs Aston Martin DB9
It's Goldfinger revisited: TG recreates the famous Aston/Rolls car chase...
Posted: 24 Oct 2012
Like a Rolls or an Aston, much about France and Switzerland remains the same all these years on from the 1959 book. The descriptions of the characters of the different towns - Orleans, Maçon, Geneva - ring uncannily true. But, also like the cars, much has changed. There are autoroutes now. When Bond set off to chase Goldfinger, he was on the old high-cambered single-carriageway N1. His car had cross-ply tyres and drum brakes and ‘he took no chances'. Yet he covered 43km in 15 minutes. That's a 107mph average. The old Rolls topped out at around 50mph. Back then, because traffic and speed limits weren't the limiting factors, the car you drove made a big difference to your progress.
Today, as long as you can make a steady 90mph, the speed that trips the Gendarmerie's radar on the autoroutes, and you have a decent fuel range, any car will get you from Le Touquet to Geneva in under seven hours. Time doesn't matter any more. The issue is how you do the trip.
Because of that, the car still matters. And by the end of it, we adored this Phantom Coupé. Oh, that's not to say we didn't at the start, because this thing certainly makes a mighty first impression. But that impression only deepens when you truly get under its skin.