£370,807 Price range
The Phantom Drophead is Rolls-Royce’s convertible version of the excellent Phantom coupe. Unsurprisingly, it gets very positive reviews. It has an unrivalled image, fantastic interior and is an incredibly comfortable way to travel.
The convertible aspect of the car gives the Drophead a slightly different character to the standard Phantom, making it more of a car to drive yourself, as opposed to a car to be driven in.
As you would expect of a Rolls-Royce, the interior is the last word in quality and comfort. Some reviewers did complain that the odd switch or two felt plasticy, but they really were nit-picking. Just like the Phantom Saloon, the quality is the perfect marriage between class-leading British design and impeccable German engineering. The craftsmanship of the wood, leather and metal are beautiful and exactly what you’d expect on a car this expensive.
Space is great for the passengers in the front and, for a convertible at least, it’s excellent in the back too – although it’s not as big as you would imagine for a Rolls-Royce. You may even be impressed by the fact that with the roof folded down, rear passengers can actually stand up without being obstructed by the front or rear seats, which should make getting in and out incredibly easy.
The Phantom Drophead is a car you waft in, not a car you drive aggressively. Steering is accurate and it can handle corners fine thanks to sophisticated air suspension which also reduces body roll and gives a ‘magic carpet-like’ ride. The Rolls’ steering wheel is very thin in diameter, and requires very little input when it comes to guiding the car down the road.
Road-testers have commented that, for a car almost comparable in size to Westminster Abbey, the ability to change direction so easily provides an immense sense of satisfaction. However, whilst the Phantom Drophead may be an easy car to manoeuvre, some British streets and parking spaces just aren’t prepared for the car’s vast size.
Critics were very impressed with the refinement offered by the Drophead with the fabric roof up and noted that, even with the roof folded down, front passengers were well protected from the wind. Rear passengers weren’t so lucky however, with road-testers saying that it could get quite draughty as speeds rose.
The Phantom Drophead comes with a 6.75-litre V12 which produces a mighty 459hp and 531lb ft of torque. It takes the big Rolls from 0-60mph in just 5.9 seconds and all the way to an electronically limited top speed of 149mph.
The V12 engine whooshes you effortlessly up to motorway. Some reviewers say that the acceleration is so smooth that you would have to keep an eye on the speedometer to make sure you’re not too heavy footed.
With such a big engine, economy obviously isn’t great with up to 18mpg and a CO2 rating of 377g/km. Although, if you can afford to buy a car such as this then the running costs are probably won’t concern to you at all.
The Phantom Drophead is a money-no-object car, so if you really need to know the price, you probably can’t afford it. You can get it with almost anything you want as optional extras but the list of standard equipment is endless.
The smaller Bentley Continental GTC is also a car with British style and German craftsmanship. It’s significantly cheaper to buy than the Phantom Drophead, but it’s just as expensive to run and less exclusive. It provides a similar level of luxury though, and it’s something to consider if you can’t quite afford the big Rolls yet.
If you are a rock star, a lottery winner or run a very, very successful business then the Phantom Drophead is probably the car of your dreams. This is a car that stops traffic both literally and figuratively – the vast size of the car coupled with the leather and wood-lined cabin will have pedestrians as well as other motorists craning their necks to see inside.
For anyone that craves the level of attention that the opulence and exclusivity that a Rolls-Royce undoubtedly attracts, the Phantom Drophead is an easy car to recommend. If you have the money, that is.