Skip advert
Advertisement

RR Phantom Coupe

Two-door Rolls promises more for the driver

Evo rating
Price
from £294,338
  • Dramatic, luxurious
  • Four-door does a better job for less

According to the press pack, this new Coupe is ‘the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line-up’. Fair enough, but then the dynamic capabilities of the rest of the range are hardly cutting edge, are they?

Opulent is perhaps a better way to describe this car, as it shares all the waftyness of its saloon big brother, albeit in a form some ten inches shorter. Entering via the huge – and hugely heavy – rear-hinged doors sets the scene perfectly (no need to heave them closed – a button on the dash takes care of that). Coax the 6.75-litre V12 into life and, so unbelievably quiet is it at tick-over, there is absolutely no way of knowing it’s running.

Advertisement - Article continues below

It could do with a bit more poke further up the rev range, though. If you’d just stepped out of a modern Bentley into this Rolls, you’d be a bit disappointed by the lack of go. It doesn’t feel nearly as quick as it’s official 0-60mph time of 5.6sec, although the chunky 2590kg kerb weight probably doesn’t help here (so much for the all-aluminium construction). Meanwhile, the steering lacks any sort of feel, understeer builds early and the grip levels of the unique run-flat tyres are relatively low by modern standards. The ‘Sport’ button on the steering wheel does little to improve things, either.

But in reality none of this matters. Luxury is what this car is all about. The Coupe is somewhere to lock yourself away at times of stress, as the world seems a far better place when viewed from behind that famous figurine. But after crossing Europe in the Coupe, just as an owner might, I came away feeling that the four-door Phantom – which is around £28K cheaper – is actually the better Rolls-Royce. It simply does what it is designed to do so much better.

Specifications

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

The new Alpine A290 sounds like the electric hot hatch we’ve been waiting for
Alpine A290 – front
News

The new Alpine A290 sounds like the electric hot hatch we’ve been waiting for

We’ve seen the concept, driven a prototype, and now Alpine has unveiled its A290 hot hatch in its final form
13 Jun 2024
Volkswagen Golf R Mk8.5 prototype review – a return to form or another disappointment?
Volkswagen Golf R prototype – front
Reviews

Volkswagen Golf R Mk8.5 prototype review – a return to form or another disappointment?

The Mk8 Golf R has never really wowed us, but can the Mk8.5 change that? A drive in a prototype version provides some clues
11 Jun 2024
The BMW M2 gets more power, design tweaks and retains its manual gearbox
2024 BMW M2 facelift
News

The BMW M2 gets more power, design tweaks and retains its manual gearbox

BMW’s baby M car has gained more power for 2024, along with an updated design, new interior tech and chassis upgrades
12 Jun 2024