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70 | THE LOOP | RIDES What a Coupé! Rolls-Royce adds to its pantheon with the 2013 Phantom Drophead Coupé. | By Nate Chapnick | Many argue that a Rolls-Royce has no motoring equal—even its charismatic CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, admits that his biggest competition is not other vehicles, but rather luxury purchases (helicopters, artwork, yachts and the like). Bolstering this case is the Rolls-Royce 2013 Phantom Drophead Coupé. A rolling work of art, the Drophead Coupé makes a statement. Measuring more than 18 feet long, it sports a gorgeous, optional teak deck inspired by 1930s wooden watercraft, and stainless steel trim that wraps around the passenger compartment from the front windscreen back. New for 2013 are rectangular full-LED headlamps that radiate a bright white hue closely resembling daylight. ese contemporary headlamps frame the Rolls-Royce’s signature one-piece grille topped by its retractable Spirit of Ecstasy. Complement these touches with a wealth of unique custom upgrades available through Rolls-Royce’s bespoke program. Giving more weight to this posh drop-top— already tipping the scales at 5,798 pounds—is its V12 engine, which more than compensates for its heft. From a stop, it sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds. While this Coupé enjoys e ortless acceleration, she’s at her best on the boulevard or open highway, where her soft suspension smoothes out road irregularities for a resistance-free ride. Inside, the Drophead Coupé is decadent. Possible con gurations invite up to 43 wooden fractions, each composed of up to 28 layers of wood, to create a series of owing curves throughout the interior. e thin-rimmed, carefully stitched leather steering wheel makes possible e ortless steering, while a new navigation system incorporates 3-D mapping and a larger, 8.8-inch display. Plus, its multicamera system helps you traverse blind intersections and maneuver through tight spaces, increasing the Drophead Coupé’s safety quotient, while you maintain the status quo. e Phantom Drophead Coupé is in Rolls-Royce showrooms now. Spec Check 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé BASE PRICE: $469,900 ENGINE: 6.7-liter V12 HORSEPOWER: 453 hp @ 5,350 rpm TORQUE: 531 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm FUEL ECONOMY CITY/HIGHWAY: 11/18 est. mpg WEIGHT: 5,798 lbs. CARGO CAPACITY: 11.1 cu. ft. 0 TO 60 MPH: 5.6 seconds TOP SPEED: 149 mph Fab Features Teak wooden fl ooring in the trunk Coach doors that close at the press of a button Center caps on the wheels that always remain right side up | August 2012

The Loop Rides

Nate Chapnick

What a Coupé!

Rolls-Royce adds to its pantheon with the 2013 Phantom Drophead Coupé.

Many argue that a Rolls-Royce has no motoring equal—even its charismatic CEO, Torsten MüllerÖtvös, admits that his biggest competition is not other vehicles, but rather luxury purchases (helicopters, artwork, yachts and the like).Bolstering this case is the Rolls-Royce 2013 Phantom Drophead Coupé.

A rolling work of art, the Drophead Coupé makes a statement. Measuring more than 18 feet long, it sports a gorgeous, optional teak deck inspired by 1930s wooden watercraft, and stainless steel trim that wraps around the passenger compartment from the front windscreen back.New for 2013 are rectangular full-LED headlamps that radiate a bright white hue closely resembling daylight. These contemporary headlamps frame the Rolls-Royce’s signature one-piece grille topped by its retractable Spirit of Ecstasy. Complement these touches with a wealth of unique custom upgrades available through Rolls-Royce’s bespoke program.

Giving more weight to this posh drop-top— already tipping the scales at 5,798 pounds—is its V12 engine, which more than compensates for its heft. From a stop, it sprints from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.6 seconds. While this Coupé enjoys effortless acceleration, she’s at her best on the boulevard or open highway, where her soft suspension smoothes out road irregularities for a resistance-free ride.

Inside, the Drophead Coupé is decadent.Possible configurations invite up to 43 wooden fractions, each composed of up to 28 layers of wood, to create a series of owing curves throughout the interior. The thin-rimmed, carefully stitched leather steering wheel makes possible effortless steering, while a new navigation system incorporates 3-D mapping and a larger, 8.8-inch display. Plus, its multi camera system helps you traverse blind intersections and maneuver through tight spaces, increasing the Drophead Coupé’s safety quotient, while you maintain the status quo.

The Phantom Drophead Coupé is in Rolls- Royce showrooms now.

Spec Check

2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

BASE PRICE: $469,900
ENGINE: 6.7-liter V12
HORSEPOWER: 453 hp @ 5,350 rpm
TORQUE: 531 lb.-ft. @ 3,500 rpm
FUEL ECONOMY
CITY/HIGHWAY: 11/18 est. mpg
WEIGHT: 5,798 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY: 11.1 cu. ft.
0 TO 60 MPH: 5.6 seconds
TOP SPEED: 149 mph

Fab Features

Teak wooden flooring in the trunk
Coach doors that close at the press of a button
Center caps on the wheels that always remain right side up

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/The+Loop+Rides/1130823/120359/article.html.

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