Geneva '08 Preview: Castagna to show custom RR Phantom Coupe Royale

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The Autoblog crew is setting off for Geneva to bring you all the goodies, and along with the wealth of exciting new production cars and concepts, there'll be a whole mess of customized tuner cars, as well. Usually the latter comes after the former, but in this one case both will be arriving together as Castagna has prepared its own take on the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe.

Following the lead of its own Rolls-Royce-inspired Gran Tourer Sport concept from last year's show, the Castagna Phantom Coupe Royale replaces the Phantom's aluminum and steel hood, trunk-lid and pillars with polished carbon fiber bits. The Italian carrozzeria has also worked its magic on the Roller's 6.75-liter V12, boosting output from 453 hp up to 600. As is apparent from the photo above, Castagna has also fitted its own rims, but while other aftermarket firms scramble to find new ways of hinging doors, Castagna appears to have reversed the Phantom's portals to open in the more conventional fashion. We'll be on hand to see the Phantom Royale concept, along with Castagna's wood-sided Clubman and 500, from the show floor over the next few days.

[Source: Italiaspeed]

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