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2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan

Starting at about a third of a million dollars--and likely costing much more in most cases as customization is the name of the game here--the 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom is only on the list of a very small crowd with both the means and the desire to flaunt it. With the new EWB model, the Phantom will be an even better way to arrive in style--with a driver, of course.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, both the Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase (EWB) models now ride on impressive 21-inch alloy wheels. Otherwise, the model lineup is largely carried over from 2007.

Model Strengths

  • Quiet inside and out
  • tremendous torque and effortless acceleration
  • highly customizable
  • vast back-seat space (EWB).

Model Review

The 2008 Phantom carries on Rolls-Royce's traditional, conservative shape but with thoroughly modern mechanical components co-developed with BMW.

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Review: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

Source: MSN Autos

Ever since its inception 100 years ago, the Rolls-Royce name has been held in high regard, representing the absolute highest quality. In fact, when designing his first car, Henry Royce was quoted as wanting "to turn out the best car in the world regardless of cost, and to sell it to those people who could appreciate a good article, and were able and willing to pay for it."

Almost 100 years later, the idea behind Rolls-Royce remains the same. This philosophy explains why the car that we drove through the beautiful Tuscany region of Italy can only be described as the Rolls-Royce of convertibles.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is the first completely new vehicle to come from the famed British marque since its "rebirth" in 2003, when the all-new Phantom sedan made its debut. That was five years after Rolls-Royce and Bentley parted ways-the Rolls-Royce name being purchased by BMW AG and Bentley going to Volkswagen AG.

The new Drophead Coupe is an extraordinary convertible, and it just wouldn't have been right to take a first drive in an ordinary locale. So Rolls-Royce brought journalists to the hotel L'Andana Tenuta La Badiola in the town of Grosseto, Italy- a two hour drive north of Rome.

L'Andana was at one time the residence of Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Now a luxury hotel, L'Andana is surrounded by beautiful green hills with olive trees as well as fields of grape vines.

The new Rolls felt right at home.

Classic But Modern Styling
While the new convertible is built on a shortened Phantom platform, it is clearly not a chop-top version of the luxury sedan. Rolls designers looked at this possibility-even built a prototype-but the style just didn't translate well.

"Simply removing the Phantom's roof could have made a great convertible but it wouldn't have made a perfect one," said Rolls-Royce Chief Designer Ian Cameron. "With the Phantom Drophead Coupe we had the chance to think about the very nature of convertible motoring and, in particular, what it means to Rolls-Royce."

So without a single body panel carried over from the Phantom, designers created a stylish body that seems less staid than the big sedan, but is still easily identifiable as a Rolls with classic Rolls-Royce proportions.

The Drophead Coupe started out life as a concept called the 100 EX that was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004. The concept convertible featured a unique brushed-steel hood (or bonnet, in Brit-speak), teakwood trim, rear-hinged coach doors and a "picnic boot"-a tailgate that opens out of the boot (trunk) to provide seating for two.

To help shape the convertible from concept to production form, Rolls-Royce took the concept on two world tours visiting 30 countries to get feedback from current and future owners. From a visual standpoint, very little was lost in the transformation, including the aforementioned unique features.

Customization and BMW-Like Features
After a delicious breakfast of fresh-baked breads, local cheeses and fruit grown on the estate, we walked out into the sunny courtyard to choose our Drophead Coupe. The only color car we had previously seen was blue, which was the color of the vehicle that made its debut at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

Here before us was a beautiful palette of colors shining in the bright sun. Ensign Red, Jubilee Silver, Metropolitan Blue, Diamond Black and English White-some with the brushed steel hood, some without. Rolls-Royce will initially offer the Drophead Coupe in these colors, plus two more blues, Woodland Green and a color that could be quite stunning, Semaphore Yellow.

Six different color tops are available to match, and there are ten different interior leather colors as well as six wood trims to choose from. It was surprising how different the car looks in depending on its color. We opted for the black with the brushed steel hood-easily the most elegant of the color combinations.

However, Rolls-Royce will customize the Drophead Coupe to match any color request.

In fact, Rolls-Royce has an entire department dedicated to bespoke features that has the ability to personalize a vehicle to just about any request, as long as it doesn't interfere with the mechanics or safety equipment in the car. In one of the more interesting examples, a Phantom buyer wanted the wood trim of his car to come from a tree on his land. So Rolls-Royce representatives went in, took down a tree, and made it into a dashboard.

Even without the bespoke options, the Drophead Coupe is still quite unique. One of the most unusual design elements of the new convertible is its coach doors. These are rear-hinged for easy access to both front and rear seat. However once you're in the car it's impossible to reach the open door to close it. But that's OK. When you don't have a butler to close the door for you, just simply push the button labeled "Door" ahead of the door opening and the door closes hydraulically.

As we pushed the start button to fire up the powerful V12 under the hood, we were reminded of the fact that Rolls-Royce is indeed part of the BMW auto group. Take the engine-this is a BMW-built V12 similar to the one found in the BMW 760Li, however with 453 horsepower it is a bit more powerful than that used by its German cousin.

The transmission is a 6-speed automatic that uses the same unusual electronic gear shift as that used in the 7-Series-down once is Drive, up is Reverse, and you push the button on the end of the lever for Park.

We were further reminded of the BMW connection when we tried to bring up a list of songs on the MP3-filled CD in the 6-disc changer. This was when we realized that Rolls-Royce uses iDrive, which is a system created by BMW by which all audio, climate, navigation and vehicle setting controls are operated by a single knob that can be moved in any direction, pushed or turned. There has been much bad press about this system because of its complicated nature, which was evident in our Rolls.

We were given instructions on how to bring up the requested list on the display screen, however we couldn't help but think if a customer had just paid more than $400,000 for this vehicle, the control systems may be more than just an annoyance.

But we had the music playing, sounding quite good coming out of the excellent sound system's 15 speakers. The top was down and we were off.

Large Presence
The Drophead Coupe is about 10 inches shorter than the Phantom, but it is by no means small. In fact, it's only two inches shorter and one inch narrower than a Chevrolet Suburban. And as we drove off, that classic "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament seemed a great distance away.

So it was a little unnerving when we headed out on the very narrow Italian roads in our very large convertible. But the more we drove it, the smaller it felt.

With 531 lb-ft of torque available at just 3500 rpm, the near 3-ton car really gets moving quickly. Rolls-Royce claims the coupe reaches 60 in fewer than six seconds, and we have no reason to doubt that. Suspension also works extremely well, providing a very smooth ride while still giving the driver a connection to the road. The Rolls stayed very stable on the twisty Tuscan roads, and there was almost no body roll in fast turns. One could almost call it agile, if a 3-ton vehicle could possibly be described with that word.

As we headed to our coffee stop at the beautiful Castello Banfi-a 13th century castle that is now an elegant vineyard estate in Montalcino, we discovered that with the top down and the windows up, even at high speeds, it was possible to carry on conversations in normal tones. Seats are very comfortable-it was almost as nice being a passenger as it was driving.

The Drophead Coupe is a true four-seater with plenty of legroom for rear-seat passengers. But while many Phantoms are chauffeur-driven, we would expect that the Drophead Coupe's owner wouldn't be riding in the back.

After lunch at the Castello di Velona-an ultra-luxury hotel in the hills of Siena-we headed back to L'Andana, but this time with the top up. The convertible top is the largest of any current convertible, raising or lowering in about 30 seconds. Inside was very quiet with very little wind noise until we exceeded 70 mph. This is largely due to the five layers of sound insulation in the top, lined with a cashmere blend. The rear seat still offers plenty of headroom, even with the top in place.

Alas, it was time to give up the keys to this beautiful automobile. And with only 100 of them expected to be built in the first year, we may not see another one for a long time.

With a base price of $407,000, this car isn't for everyone. But our few days in Tuscany with this elegant piece of machinery gave us a taste of what it would be like to be one of the lucky few.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/Unlimited Miles 4 Years free service

Rolls-Royce Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Take the best that exists and make it better. Spurred on by the inspiring words of Sir Henry Royce, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA is proud to announce a brand new Certified Pre-Owned Program for North America.

Provenance - The Certified Pre-Owned Collection takes the best parts of the existing Provenance program and adds numerous improvements that have been developed specifically to meet the demands of the region.

  • Up to two years limited warranty
  • Same 'bumper-to-bumper' coverage that comes with new Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • Complimentary standard servicing using genuine Rolls-Royce parts
  • 24-hour worldwide roadside assistance
  • Complimentary servicing
  • Fully-transferable to future owners
  • 24-Hour Roadside Assistance
  • RR Assist (up to six years from original inception date for vehicles prior to MY14)
  • No limitations to the vehicle model year age (from MY04 onward) or miles for the program
  • Eligible for RRMC FS special financing
  • Available at authorized Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dealers only

Age/Mileage Eligibility 10 years from original in-service date/unlimited
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection
To attain the Provenance title, every previously-owned Rolls-Royce Motor Car is meticulously inspected by factory-trained technicians, and repaired using genuine Rolls-Royce parts to ensure your chosen vehicle meets the highest possible standards before it even reaches you. As well as successfully completing a rigorous pre-delivery inspection, each Provenance Rolls-Royce offers the reassurance of an independently checked vehicle history¹ and mileage verification².


¹Not available in all markets. Please consult your Rolls-Royce Motor Cars dealer for details.

²Mileage is unlimited.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance 24 Hr Roadside Assistance&#185;. <br><br>&#185;Only applicable on Rolls-Royce Provenance vehicles six years of age or less.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible No

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