NEW FOR 2008:

– New Drophead Coupe convertible model
– Reduced prices, including delivery charge reduced from $3,000 to $2,000

For 2008, Rolls-Royce introduces a new model, the Drophead Coupe.

The Phantom is available as a sedan, as the Extended Wheelbase, and as the Drophead Coupe. All use a 6.7-litre V12 sourced from parent company BMW, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The car’s 31-inch-diameter run-flat tires are the largest fitted to any production car.

The new Drophead Coupe is the production version of the 100EX concept vehicle which debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in 2004. It features seating for four and a five-layer folding cloth top. It uses the Phantom Sedan’s mechanicals, but is shorter and has a shorter wheelbase for a sportier driving experience. A brushed stainless steel hood is available as a $10,725 option, while a teak deck can be added for $9,350.

Each Phantom is built to the customer’s specifications, but features include heated seats, satellite navigation, television and telephone systems, six-zone climate control, umbrellas in the rear doors, leather interiors that use 15 to 18 hides per car, six types of available wood veneer, lambs-wool rugs, wool and cashmere headliner, folding picnic tables, adjustable ride height, surround-sound stereo system, balanced wheel centre caps that keep the RR logo upright, and a Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that automatically flips out of sight to deter thieves.

Available options include front and rear cameras, "cool box" for the lounge seats, two-tone paint, theatre configuration seats with DVD changer, and should you want to spend the $6,600, a visible exhaust system.

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