Rolls-Royce Phantom Coup debuts in New Delhi

Written by Businesswire India | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 1 2009, 03:03am hrs
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars previewed its two-door, four-seat, Phantom Coup in New Delhi (28 February) for the first time to a select audience.

The Coup, the fourth new model from Rolls-Royce under BMW Group ownership, is the most driver-oriented model in the current line-up, in the context of Rolls-Royce luxury values. This two-door, four-seater model completes the Phantom family, adding to Phantom, Phantom Extended Wheelbase (four door saloons) and Phantom Drophead Coup (convertible). .

A luxurious, modern grand touring coup in the finest tradition, this car is powered by the Phantoms 6.75-litre V12 engine, producing 460hp and 720Nm of torque making it the definitive choice for all-day, long distance driving. With its engine tuned for immense low down torque, the new Rolls-Royce effortlessly achieves the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.8 seconds, and continues rapidly towards an electronically governed top speed of 250km/h.

A combination of segment-leading fuel economy and a 25 percent increase in fuel capacity, compared to the Drophead Coup, increases driving range to more than 600 kilometres. A spacious picnic boot with split tail compartment gives easy access to 395 litres of space or four sets of golf bags. The lower part of the tailgate provides a comfortable seating platform for two adults when lowered.

The highly advanced spaceframe aluminium chassis endows the Coup with the marques legendary ride comfort, handling and safety. It is the most torsionally rigid Rolls-Royce ever built. The unique architecture of the car is further augmented by the rear-hinged coach doors, allowing the easiest possible access to the rear lounge seat. To ensure a perfect balance of refinement and driver involvement, Rolls-Royce developed a new gearbox programme, stiffer rear dampers and modified spring rates. In addition, a thicker rear anti-roll bar, modified brake response and tuned steering offer more feel over other Phantom models. As with every Rolls-Royce car, the finely hand-crafted interior of the Coup can be personalised via the Bespoke programme, allowing for any number of features, each tailored to the taste of the individual. For example, customers can choose from more than 44,000 different colours.

The Phantom Coups cabin can be ordered with an optional, full-length starlight headlining, incorporating 1,600 tiny fibre optics to create the ambience of a star-filled night sky. The new model is also available with a brushed steel bonnet and A-pillar surround previously seen on its experimental predecessor, the 101EX.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars General Manager for South and East Asia Pacific, Dr Matthew Bennett said:

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is pleased to present the Phantom Coup to New Delhi with the support of our dealer partner, Select Cars. We received numerous expressions of interest with our tour of three cars, a rare sight in New Delhi. Our presence here reflects our long-term commitment since we opened the showroom last year.

Phantom Coup follows the tremendous response worldwide to 101EX, the 2006 experimental car. The Coup has seen excellent demand with two thirds of the pre-orders placed by customers who are new to the brand, indicating that the new model is broadening Rolls-Royce brand appeal to customers, he added.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars saw global sales in 2008 increase by 20 per cent, compared to 2007, with retails of 1212 cars.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is undertaking its first nationwide tour with the Phantom Coup that includes visits to Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi.