2015 Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Nighthawk Reviews
We definitely will not try to fit penchant for literary flourish, and O'Rourke's sage view, societal insights. But we are able to inform you of the newest Phantom Drophead Coupe "Nighthawk", one of nine made only for the U.S. marketplace, and how it feels to drive it in a region of the state where the automobile is even more in its component than O'Rourke's New Hampshire 'hood: Los Angeles.
A bit has not changed since 2009, at least mechanically, which is why we did not trouble analyzing it.
Now, for driving it, being at the helm of a three-ton, $570,000 animal as it records like the Costa Concordia on Mulholland Drive's infamous S-bends can be quite frightening It is about the results: Put a wheel off in the Rolls the evening news and you will make.
CARRIED FOR THE BLVD
It's there that one discovers the spooky, mausoleum-like quietude with which the Rolls Royce glides along, as though in its cone of silence. We are going, but is there a V12 underhood? The top is down, but where are tumult and the wind? We see expansion joints and cracks, visible only past the well-known Spirit of Ecstasy, but were they abruptly filled by the time our tires reached them? The Drophead Coupe feels totally disengaged in the street as its customers feel to the bourgeoisie, which will be not wholly inappropriate, as there is relaxation in isolation.
If you don't reside in West Palm Beach, Monte Carlo, or maybe Beverly Hills, a Phantom sighting is uncommon. Where Bespoke comes in, that is.
"BESPOKE"--NOT MERELY AN ADJECTIVE ANYMORE
In Rolls' lexicon, it is a department Bespoke is not only an adjective, and its own only intent will be to do things that can not be done from the firm's standard list of can-dos--some $62,350 worth of them appear on the Nighthawk. Especially, these comprise seat piping ($3375), special wood veneer ($6710), and comparing RR monograms on the headrests ($1450). Plus a $3400 price for the privilege of purchasing Bespoke inside material in the very first place. All that's along with the veneered steering wheel spokes ($1025), heated rear seat ($1450), black headliner ($1650), and seven-spoke 21-inch wheels ($9875) that are to the normal choices list. Together, the $484,875 base cost to $569, of the Phantom Drophead Coupe was swelled by the extras The bourgeoisie do not need to implement.
A word concerning the matte finish on the hood and windshield environment: It Is the exact same Diamond Black Metallic as the polish paint, just it is not glossy. It's sheeny and we are not convinced it works that well: Up close it looks fantastic, but from 10 rates, it almost seems like the automobile was left outside since the Nixon government, or the butler waxed the hood in the dark.
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PREPARED FOR THE CLOSE UP
True, however, the Nighthawk turned out quite incredible, even by Rollsroyce standards. But where it felt maybe most at home was creeping around the Hollywood Center Studios lot, to which--after a couple of phone calls--we were allowed access on a Sunday morning. (It is about who you know in this town.)
Truly, if there's a automobile on the planet that could make someone feel like an A list movie star, it is a Phantom Drophead Coupe. With that at heart, we envision our visit recreated an oft-spied scene in the studio over its close-century in business: a Rolls Royce perched just outside the enormous barn doors of the lot's numerous sound stages, at times combining it up with production trucks, stage hands, and forklifts. We saw no movie stars, at least none that were not unsuitable to control an automobile in this way, yet it had been all quite Hollywood--because it was Hollywood.
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