The nautical feel of the vehicle is conveyed through such delicate touches as the natural teak rear decking. The soothing refinement provided by the eight-speed transmission and four-cornered air suspension completes the impression of sailing, rather than motoring, through the countryside.
Driving and being driven both have their advantages in the Drophead Coupé. For those who wish to take the wheel, the lightweight composition of the aluminium space frame and the finely tuned steering make for superb handling. Moreover, the 435bhp placed at your disposal by the 6.75-litre V12 engine is more than capable of taking you to the electronically limited speed of 149mph without a murmur of complaint.
Travelling in this convertible as a passenger is just as stirring. The sight and touch of exquisitely prepared full-grain leather, natural wood veneers and chrome detailing is pleasing in itself, and even more so when accompanied by the gentle flow of fresh air and an uninterrupted view of sunny skies. If, however, the weather takes a turn for the worse, the roof is capable of protecting the four occupants from the elements in 25 seconds. Once raised, the five layers of material which comprise the roof provide a shelter as spacious, warm and well-ventilated as those found in Phantom hard-top models.