Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom CoupÃ© at the 78th International Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, 4 March 2008. Production of the new car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2008.
Rolls-Royce are to introduce their first coupe model for over a decade at Geneva next month. The Phantom Coupe is a new, more dynamic driver-orientated Phantom model that continues to exude its sedan couterpart's levels of comfort while offering new modifications for a more concise package.
Drawing largely on the design of its drop-top Drophead Coupe sibling and 101EX concept car forerunner, the new Coupe brings high-end technology to a design timeless in its execution. In common with the sedan, the new model has the Phantom's 6.75-litre V12 unit, producing 453 hp and 720 Nm of torque. But extraordinarily, a 25 percent increase in fuel capacity has been achieved over the Drophead, turning a long-legged cruiser to one of 'transcontinental' proportion.
Dynamism is of considerable importance on the new Phantom Coupe, the brand insisting the Phantom's dynamic drive 'is taken one step further'. Improved ride comfort and handling is achieved by way of an advanced alluminium chassis and new lightweight components, while the strong alloy and single-span roof without B-pillar re-inforces safety credentials to produce the 'most torsionally rigid Rolls-Royce ever'.
Transferring from concept to production is that of the brushed steel finish as seen on both 100EX and 101EX concept vehicles. Bonnet and A-pillars are now available in this finish on the new Coupe, while the lower tailgate doubles up as a seating platform for two when lowered. Boot space is up by 80 litres to 395 over the Drophead.
"The Coupé has been designed and engineered to be the most dynamic interpretation of our values," says Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chairman and Chief Executive, Ian Robertson. "Our 2007 sales figures illustrate how successful the entire model range has been with an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year."