• Jan 9, 2007

A Rolls-Royce is, well, a Rolls-Royce. And they don't unveil many new Rolls-Royce models that often, so we've been looking forward to seeing the Phantom Drophead in motion. We have, now you can.

The folks over at Rolls-Royce, in all their ecstatic spirit, have graced the motoring public with this video. The clip gives you the chance to see the full host of automatic features – including the motorized suicide doors, the auto-deploying hood ornament, the plush folding soft roof and some dude's can in jeans – plus some nice shots of the big cabrio in motion. Check out the aluminum hood section and the speedboat-style teak bootlid, two particularly unique features from the showcar which we're stoked made it onto this pre-production version.

[Source: Motor Authority]



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      Ted
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does that not look identical to the bmw 3 series in some areas -- the seat belt restraints, the mirrors, the convertible up/down mechanism, and a few other details -- I'm only so observant because I have a 3 series convertible and it looks very, very similar in some aspects
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yeah the first thing that came to my mind when I saw the wood top cover was a yacht.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This 6-minute video proves that A) sound effects and B) soundtracks are all added after the original clip.

      First, although I don't mind listening to the engine and perhaps motors and the road noise, to hear the wind buffeting and people speaking in the background made this feel like a work in progress video. I’m sure that a final version will come out for the real audience, with some classical music in the background.

      Secondly, some of the shots are taken with the vehicle driving so slow on the roads. Yes, I know this is not a sports car, rather a grand touring vehicle. I didn’t mind the slow drive through the tree covered straight, but on those curvy mountainous roads, this RR should at least be pushed passed 15 km/h.

      Finally, I agree with some of the early comments regarding the look of the yacht, along with the mechanical movement of the fixed rear glass that doesn’t appear to be damped when putting the top down. A nice vehicle, but if I had anywhere close to that money, I would get several smaller/cheaper cars such as an M3 coupe and convertible, and a S-Class to haul the rest of my family.
      • 8 Years Ago
      er, isn't the hood section stainless steel, not aluminum (the painted sections are Al)? The somewhat jerky motion of the rear glass as it flips up seems out of character with the rest of the well-damped folding dance.

      Those suicide doors are funky. I'd open the door and try to sit in the seat backwards.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you for detailed article.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Of course it has a teak deck! It's a road yacht isn't it? With the top down is there enough room in the motorboot to store the anchor? The skipper should wear a white cap with an emblem showing the RR lady as a mermaid.