2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Introduced in 2007, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe marked the return of the company’s flagship convertible after a five-year hiatus, with the Corniche V having been discontinued in 2002. Based on the massive Phantom sedan, which was retired in 2016, the Drophead Coupe was also laid to rest after some nine years on the market. With the brand-new Phantom VIII in the spotlight, it’s time to talk about the next-generation Drophead Coupe, which could be less a couple of years away.
Much like its predecessor, the upcoming Drophead Coupe will use the underpinnings and technology found in the sedan. It will also borrow most design features, so now that we’re familiar with the Phantom, it’s safe to say that the Drophead Coupe isn’t much of a mystery. Thanks to a rendering provided by Xtomi, we can also have a closer look at the car long before it goes into production. Find out everything you need to know about the next-generation Phantom Drophead Coupe in our speculative review below.
Update 8/22/2017: After speaking with Gerry Spahn, the Head of Communications for Rolls-Royce here in the U.S., we have to report that there will be no Phantom Drophead Coupe derived from the Phantom VIII. Read our special update section below to learn more about it.
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The Rolls Royce Wraith is the fastest and most powerful Roller to ever see production, thanks to a V-12 being fed by two turbochargers that pushes this luxury barge’s output to 633 horsepower. It doesn’t look like Rolls Royce is stopping there either. We just got spy shots of what appears to be a Wraith Sport, complete with revised aero work and a rear spoiler.
This is our first shot of the test mule so we don’t know much, but expect a stiffer suspension setup, perhaps a touch of weight loss, and maybe even a bit more power. Considering this car still wears a Rolls Royce badge I wouldn’t expect bare floorboards and 700 horsepower, but there will be sports enhancements to make this new machine more competitive with the Bentley Continental GT Speed.
Surprisingly, it almost looks like Rolls Royce was trying to hide this new car in plain sight, as there is no real camouflage on it at all. Thankfully, our spy photos are smarter than the boys from Sussex gave them credit for.
You can see more photos of the newer, hotter Wraith after the jump.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Rolls Royce Wraith Sport.
The Rolls Royce Ghost was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, it received no major updates. However, it looks like parent company, BMW, has decided it is time for a small update. And when we say “small,” we really mean it.
As you can see, this prototype is wearing little camouflage and what it is wearing it only on the parts that are going to be updated. Expect to see new headlamps and a revised front bumper with a design inspired by the recently revealed Wraith. The exterior mirrors also seem to have received a new shape.
On the rear, the exhaust tailpipes are now hidden, giving it a cleaner look.
For the interior, Rolls Royce will offer an updated sat-nav and infotainment system.
We expect some smaller changes under the hood too, most likely in order to obtain more power and less CO2 emissions.
Click past the jump to read more on the revised Rolls Royce Ghost.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Rolls Royce expanded its lineup with the new Wraith luxury coupe. While no official confirmation is available just yet, we are pretty sure that the new Wraith is going to see more body variations, just like the Phantom did. So, what do you say about a Wraith Drophead? Sounds good, right?
We thought so too, and while Rolls Royce debates bringing it to the market, we have produced a rendering for the Drophead version. As no surprise, it will be pretty much identical to the coupe version, but, just like the Phantom Drophead version, it will be offered with a folding soft-top roof.
We expect everything else to remain identical to the coupe version, including its distinctive fastback profile. Under the hood, the Drophead version will retain the same V-12 engine that delivers a total of 624 horsepower and a peak torque of 590 pound-feet.
Expect the new Wraith Drophead to be unveiled sometime in 2014.