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The Royal Car arriveth !!!
Aug 16, 2008 01:00 PM 7559 Views
(Updated Aug 16, 2008 01:05 PM)

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Yesterday was the day I attained nirvana. I was in perpetual bliss. Yesterday was the day I got to drive the ultimate luxury machine - The Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe!!  I have long since been trying to get Ahmed's dad's ( My dad's sponser in Bahrain )  new Rolls Royce out for a spin. Finally ahmed was able to borrow it for a while by trading his ferrari for the day.


Rolls Royce's slogan is ' Trusted to deliver excellence ' and that is what they do. They are by far the most regal brand name on land , sea or air. When you own a rolls royce you formally announce to the world that you are set for life. Even in Gulf countries where its available without taxes its rare to see a rolls.


The phantopm Drophead coupe is a four seat, two door version of the existing phantom sedan built on an aluminium space frame.  Everything about this car screams regal be it the luxury inside, the size , the presence. Although 10 inches shorter than the standard phantom it is stil incredibly long and wide. Meticulously engineered by BMW the car will make the Queen of England herself take notice of you.  The company will modify the car in what ever way you please . If an original colour scheme for the car ( exterior and interior ) is selected the company names that colour after you !! Well its time to get into the specifications.


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On of the first things you notice on this car is its rear hinged coach doors that hasnt been seen since the 1930s. Not only does this makes you entrance and exit more graceful, it adds a touch of class.  Its softer exterior with modern lines along with 20 inch wheels with run flat tires gives the car the appearance of a gentle giant.... A powerful gentle giant.  Its soft power top is 5 times layered and can be finished in 100 % genuine teak wood.


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I will need a book to describe the interiors of the rolls which will put to shame many a CEO's cabin!! In being as brief as possible here goes....


Only the finest materials go into creating this one of a kind cabin . 18 supple hiders are cut into 250 pieces covering every inch of the cabin which isnt occupied by wood and chrome. Plastic is a rare sight. These hides are tanned in nine standard colours but they cam alter it to any of your fancy whims. A percent of power meter is present instead of the tachmeter, Front and rear heated seats with power seats at the front , steering coloumn with memory, multizone climate control, rolls royce assist telmatic, multitask LCD screen with navigation,keyless entry and ignition, voice controls, 15 speaker logic  7 surround sound with in dash single cd player and 6 cd changer in the glove box, an auxillary audio jack with stellite radio with life time subscription!!!  Phew.... Thats just the standard items in the base model !!! tons of options to customise and I dont even want to go there!!!




Each deck contains 30 seperate pieces of teak all cut from the same tree to aviod any variations in the grain pattern!! It is recommended that the teak be oiled at every service interval. A thin spoke steering wheel with minimal controls is peovide in the coupe with rolls comsidering that with the coupe, its the actual owner who is goin to be driving instead of being chauffered.  Its apparently mouse like controller hidesinside the centre console and the LCD screen turns into an anologue clock when not I use. Seperate knobs for music and climate controls makes its use simple.




Even though its a 2 door the rear passenger room is very spacious and is worth of hours of high class travelling. The amount of space inside the car is truly astounding. Well enough about interiors, lets move on...........




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The phantom coupe is powered by a 6.7 litre V12 engine capable of 453 HP mated to a 6 speed automatic transmission. The company assure us of a 0 to 60 dash in 5.7 seconds. Dring this huge beast is a pleasant but daunting task but the provision of split view front camera which provides the left right side views is a big help. With the top down you cant help but feeling you are driving a yacht!!




But despite all this the Phantom offers exemplary steering and handling. The car just glides through the road taking in all the bumps with out a least hint of vibration. Never have I experienced a ride so smooth. You do not hear one creak from this car as you float around in you powerful beast. I was driving in around 70 to 80 km/ hr as its stratospheric pricing discourages anyone but the super rich to push it to its limits. The cabin is noiseless and the calming effect of the powerful V12 engine purring is music to the ears.  The rear visibility with the top up is severly restricted but front and rear obstacle detection takes care of it.


This car is as good as its ever going to be. A perfect 10 in my book but at $ 412,000 base price with out customisation takes it far out of reach of the ordinary people like me. I have always been taught to dream for the moon, not the sun where you get burned!! But thats exactly what this car stands for, a limited number of super rich customers who wants nothing but the best on the road woth no expense spared to get it.  So while I thanked Ahmed profusely for my childhood dream to ride in a rolls and got out at my home I knew this was once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish for ever.


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