The Phantom is luxury UK auto brand Rolls-Royce's top-of-the line vehicle, and comes in four different variants this year: the base Phantom sedan, the Phantom Extended Wheelbase sedan, the base Phantom Coupe, and the Phantom Drophead (convertible) Coupe. Rolls-Royce has been considered the go-to name for luxury vehicles for many years, and the 2012 model lineup doesn't disappoint. This is especially true for the driver-friendly 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe, which we'll focus on in this review.
The Phantom Coupe is the most driver-oriented model in the Phantom lineup this year. It combines the Phantom's classic proportions and powerful presence with luxurious, iconic Rolls-Royce styling in a very user-friendly way. The Coupe was first introduced for the 2009 model year, and, like all Rolls-Royce vehicles, it's highly customizable with the most luxurious materials and latest technological gadgets available today. The 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe holds a powerful 6.8-liter V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and works in tandem with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Coupe holds four occupants, and its interior is beautifully-crafted with chrome, leather, and wood accents. Notable cabin features include available Rolls-Royce stitching in the head restraints, a leather dashboard and leather-wrapped steering wheel, a premium fifteen-speaker audio system with two subwoofers under the seats, heated seats, a choice between twelve leather color seat options, and a navigation system with an impressive touchscreen feature.
As far as safety features are concerned, the Phantom Coupe contains such features as stability and traction control, several airbags throughout the cabin (including backseat side curtain airbags), a security system with vehicle tracking, brake assist, and antilock brakes. The Phantom Coupe has a starting price around $408,000 and gets around 11 mpg city/18 mpg highway, although Rolls-Royce lists these values as yet to be determined. The Phantom Coupe hits zero-to-sixty in about 5.6 seconds.