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New Rolls drop-top

The new Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead coupé will make its European debut at the Geneva motor show this week.

Production of the new model will begin at the company's UK manufacturing plant at Goodwood in the next few months.

The two-door, four-seat convertible is a less formal interpretation of classic Rolls-Royce design than its four-door stable mate, the Phantom.

Using the lightweight rigidity of an all-aluminium spaceframe, it marries modern technology to a sleek, streamlined convertible body.

Hand-built using the finest quality materials to the exacting standards of Rolls-Royce, the new Phantom Drophead Coupé is exciting customers around the world.

Some of the special design features of the Phantom Drophead coupé are:

  • Customers can specify a brushed steel bonnet and rear teak deck. The bonnet is machine brushed before being hand finished to ensure a uniform grain throughout.
  • It is is based on an advanced aluminium spaceframe. Lightweight and exceptionally strong, it requires over 120 metres of hand-welding.
  • Luggage is housed within a picnic boot, a split tail compartment that opens in two parts giving easy access to 315 litres of space. The lower tailgate provides a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered.
  • The fabric roof is the largest of any modern convertible car.
  • Power is supplied by a 6.75-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine giving brisk performance and a 0-100kmh/ time of 5.7 seconds.
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