Those bespoke folk in Goodwood England have just announced a coupe addition to their Phantom range due to hit the streets in 2008. Basically a production version of Rolls-Royceâ€™s two-door, four-seat experimental car the 101EX launched at the Geneva motor show in 2006, production is scheduled to begin around mid next year. It will be hand-built at the companyâ€™s manufacturing plant in Goodwood, England.
The new two-door will complete the Phantom family line-up alongside the Phantom, Phantom Extended Wheelbase and Phantom Drophead CoupÃ©. Launched in 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has established its position as the leader of the super-luxury car segment with 805 Rolls-Royce cars retailed to over 50 countries around the world in 2006.
Rolls-Royce claim that the new car will be an elegant two-door, four-seat coupe that will build on the extraordinary driving experience offered in the Phantom and Drophead CoupÃ© and it will use an all aluminium construction similar to the rest of the Phantom family. Rolls-Royce say that the Phantom Coupe was designed around the desire to create the worldsâ€™ foremost transcontinental tourer.
Outright power will be identical to the other Phantom models â€“ an impressive 453bhp and 720Nm of torque â€“ however Rolls-Royce have tuned the coupÃ© with more emphasis on the desires of the driver, obviously in the belief that this is one Roller the chauffeur will not be getting his greasy mitts on. The body will be shorter than that of the Phantom sedan and there will be revisions to the suspension and chassis set-up.
â€œWith this car we wanted to emphasise the performance potential of the 6.75litre V12 engine and the effortless experience that it delivers. Whilst never overtly sporty, Rolls-Royce is a brand that has always offered owners a powerful and refined drive combined with, as Sir Henry Royce described it, a bit of fizz,â€ said Rolls-Royce Chief Designer, Ian Cameron.
The new coupÃ© will be priced between the Phantom and the Phantom Drophead CoupÃ©. Rolls Royce will be releasing further information over the coming months.