Rolls-Royce designers and engineers have succeeded in the difficult task of making the Phantom Coupé more responsive than its saloon and drophead counterparts. Nevertheless, the coupé has lost none of the archetypal Phantom characteristics; effectively non-existent wind and road noise, for example, and a magnificently smooth gearbox.
With the coupé’s slightly smaller and lighter frame, the 6.75-litre direct-injection V12 engine delivers a marginal increase in speed and acceleration compared to the saloon and drophead. It is possible to go from a standing start to 60mph in 5.6 seconds.
The main performance-related difference, however, is the increased steering weight. This makes it possible to control the course of the vehicle with pinpoint precision, even at high speeds. The sense of connection between driver and machine is intensified still further in “Sport” mode. This holds each gear on the automatic transmission for longer, making it possible to accelerate at an even quicker rate than usual.