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2008-02-18 08:31
Rolls-Royce will unveil its new Phantom Coupé 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.

The Coupé is the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line. A number of subtle but significant modifications have been made that change its character. It is noticeably more dynamic, whilst still offering incredible levels of comfort.

The new car will synergise characteristic Rolls-Royce refinement and style with cutting-edge technology. Styling is set to be both purposely proportioned whilst incorporating timeless Rolls-Royce design cues in an utterly contemporary manner.

Classic 6.75-litre power

Designed to cover great distances effortlessly, the Coupé is the perfect choice for a transcontinental trip.

Power is provided by the Phantom's BMW derived 6.75-litre V12, which ironically has a similar swept capacity to the indomitable V8s which powered the brands cars for during the 1980s and early 1990s.

The current V12 fitted to the Phantom Coupe should produces 338kW of power and 720 Nm of torque.

True to its heritage as a long-distance tool the Phantom Coupe features a 25% larger fuel tanks that its Drophead sibling, enabling greater range, thanks to a 100-litre tank.

Contemporary construction

The Phantom Coupé features rear-hinged coach doors which add allow easier entry whilst aiding overall body stiffness, as the rear hinged doors allow for an uninterrupted A-pillar helping to make this the most torsionally rigid Rolls-Royce ever.

A brushed steel finish of A-pillar and bonnet, as seen for the first time on 100EX, is also available for the Coupé.

At the rear is a spacious picnic boot. A split tail compartment that opens in two parts, gives easy access to 395-litres of space. The lower tailgate also provides a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered.

The Lexicon system has 15 metal-matrix speakers to deliver an unparalleled clarity of sound, regardless of where a passenger may be seated.

A nine-channel amplifier powers these speakers - two sub-woofers fitted beneath the seats and 13 100 mm mid-range and 44 mm tweeter arrays carefully placed around the car - to an impressive 420 watts of sound.

At the core of the Phantom Coupé is an advanced aluminium chassis, perhaps the single most significant component in delivering the legendary Rolls-Royce refinement.

Lightweight and exceptionally strong, it impacts positively on ride comfort, handling and safety by having a wheelbase 250mm shorter than the standard Phantom, the Coupe has a nearly perfect 49:51 split weight distribution ratio.

Hand made, it requires over 130 meters of welding to create each body - bespoke is the word...

Rolls-Royce Chairman and Chief Executive - and former BMW SA boss - Ian Robertson said, "The Coupé has been designed and engineered to be the most dynamic interpretation of our values. Our 2007 sales figures illustrate how successful the entire model range has been with an increase of 25 per cent over the previous year."


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