The Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Phantom Coupe, two Rolls Royce models introduced in 2007 and 2008, will be discontinued come 2017, ostensibly to make room for new cars, such as the Rolls-Royce Dawn. The models are credited with renewing the reputation of the famed brand, which began life in 1904 when Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Royce, two Englishmen, partnered to build motorcars.
But unlike the world, the Phantom models will end with a bang.
The 2016 models, dubbed the Zenith Collection, will come equipped with fittings...well, fit for a king, including exquisite glass shelves, an eight-bottle champagne fridge, and a picnic hamper for those lazy drives in the countryside. The speedometer will be made of brushed steel; aluminum cup holder will stand ready for duty. As the new Phantoms are intended to be collector items, the center console of each one will contain a removable aluminum case engraved with the car’s vehicle identification number.
The interior design is based on the Phantom’s famous (and luxurious) ancestors, including the 1930s Phantom II Continental, easily one of the most beautiful cars to ever put tire to pavement. Every detail down to color and material used, however, is fully customizable by the customer, meaning that each Phantom will be truly unique.
But not only will the Phantoms be beautiful, they will be fast, with 453 hp, 6.75-liter V-12 engine and an 8-speed automatic transmission. They top out at an impressive 155 miles per hour, ensuring that the owner will never be late for another wine tasting ever again. Owning one of these angelic creatures will make you the envy of all your friends. Of course, you first have to be prepared to spend a small fortune, as the price range starts at a hefty 492,000 dollars. But not only will the Phantoms be the most extravagant cars on the road, but sometime in the future they are bound to fetch far more.
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