Posts from ‘Rolls-Royce’
For Eric, renting a Lamborghini from Imagine Lifestyles in Miami was a transforming experience.
“I felt like I had gone from a regular Joe to Joe DiMaggio!” he beamed.
As a sales rep, Eric certainly couldn’t afford to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo LP-560 coupe, but he could afford to rent one for a day. After plunking down $1,500, and getting a driving tutorial from Imagine Lifestyles co-CEO Ryan Safady, Eric took the wheel.
“When I first sat in this beautiful piece of Italian machinery, I got bit of a rush—nervousness and, well, a lot of excitement,” he recalled. “I drove off and the adventure began.
“I drove around for a while before taking it home. I wanted to get used to how the car handled, and I decided to see what it felt like to go fast—not just any kind of fast, Lamborghini fast. Imagine going on a roller coaster for the first time: You feel the adrenaline, the excitement, and when you come to a stop, a bit lightheaded. Well, that’s exactly what it felt like.”
Through their logos, many automakers have created a dazzling world of wonder. In logo land, you’ll discover roman gods, prancing horses, and mystical beasts—as well as religious themes such as the Holy Trinity and the Christian Crusades. It’s a universe of stars and planets, ships and rockets, diamonds and domination. One emblem, which is simply a crooked letter, symbolizes a trustworthy handshake.
With a sticker price of $356,290 nicely equipped, the Rolls-Royce Ghost ought to be refined. And after just a few short miles behind the wheel, I was impressed by the car’s overall silkiness. But, while the ride is smooth to the point of mimicking large watercraft, it is the drivetrain polish that really got my attention.
It’s no secret that Rolls-Royce has been working up a coupe version of its smaller sedan, the Ghost, and Britain’s Autocar magazine has now given us a good idea of what’s in store. For starters, the new 2-door will bow at the March 2013 Geneva Auto Salon in Switzerland, ahead of a summertime production start at the R-R facility in Goodwood, England. First deliveries are slated for late fall, presumably for European customers. No word yet on U.S. timing, but we’d guess the car will be available before New Year’s Day 2014, which means it could arrive here with a 2015 designation.
U.S. pricing is also unclear at this point, but Autocar thinks the U.K.-market minimum will be some $323,500-$363,000 at current exchange rates. That’s midway between the standard- and long-wheelbase Ghost sedans and assumes roughly the same pricing strategy used for the company’s larger, flagship Phantom models.
With the $380,000 2012 Phantom sedan, you’re paying for Rolls-Royce prestige. But you’re also getting the best car sold in the United States—at least according to the Consumer Guide Automotive rating system. CG editors gave the Phantom a score of 84, putting it in a tie with the Bentley Continental Flying Spur for top honors. (The more affordable 2012 Lexus LS scored an 83.)
In the 11 evaluation categories, the Phantom earned perfect 10s for ride quality, quietness, details, and room/comfort up front. Though the car weighs 5,798 pounds, it earned an acceleration score of 8 thanks to its 453-horsepower 6.8-liter V12 engine. Regarding the cabin’s ambience, CG editors raved, “Virtually every surface is swathed in real leather, wood, brushed metal, or chrome. Fit and finish are exemplary. Particularly impressive is the sound system, which turns the interior into a mobile concert hall.”
Read more about the 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan.
This is another in a series of blogs on the most outrageously luxurious options available on today’s new cars.
If you think you’re overpaying for movie popcorn, wait till you visit your nearest Rolls-Royce showroom. These are the option prices on the 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan, which by the way starts at $380,000:
- 6-way power individual rear seats ($8,100)
- Rear footrests ($2,600)
- Rear curtains ($5,900)
- Rear picnic tables ($2,800)
And then there’s the $447,000 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe:
- Teak and stainless steel convertible top boot ($17,925)
- Starlight headliner ($12,350)
- Floormats made from lambswool ($1,270)
For an extra $4,610, the Phantom Drophead Coupe comes with a “presentation key box,” which includes a solid silver key fob and a silver fountain pen. The latter is necessary for writing fat checks to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Also see Opulent Options: Bentley’s Lap of Luxury.