Home / Auto News / News article: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Gets Sporty Upgrades for 2011 - AutoGuide.com News
 |  Dec 15 2010, 9:51 PM

The words Rolls-Royce and sporty don’t often go together, but that is about to change… but maybe just slightly.

Rolls-Royce has just announced that for the 2011 model year, the Phantom Drophead Coupe will be getting some upgrades, which will make the car more sporty to drive.

No, the sportiness is not limited to a new color scheme, although new interior and exterior colors have been added to its ever growing options list.

To make the Phantom Drophead Coupe more engaging to drive, Rolls Royce has given it the suspension set-up and transmission calibration previously only seen on the Phantom Coupe.

A thicker steering wheel with a recalibrated power steering unit will give this car a more dynamic feel, although it is hard to imagine a 5,886 lb. land yacht ever feeling sporty.

The 6-speed automatic gearbox now has an “S” mode, which will hold lower gears for longer and also downshift more aggressively under braking. Its 6.75-liter V12 motor remains unchanged, producing the smoothest 453 hp you’ll ever come across.

So if you were holding back on the Phantom Drophead Coupe because it just wasn’t sporty enough for you, maybe now the car will be just right for you. By the way, if you are headed to buy one of these, do take at least $452,000 with you. That price might include your gas guzzler tax and destination charge, but any options will be extra, plus sales tax.