2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane Veers Away From Tradition | Edmunds

2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane Veers Away From Tradition


Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane, a one-off that makes liberal use of carbon fiber, may upset some purists.
  • The luxury car's traditional wood-grain interior gets deleted in favor of a more contemporary treatment with carbon fiber and seats with checkered flags.
  • The car is the brainchild of a Rolls-Royce brand manager in Dubai.

GOODWOOD, England — The 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane, a one-off that makes liberal use of carbon fiber, may upset some purists.

The luxury car's traditional wood-grain interior gets deleted in favor of a more contemporary treatment with carbon fiber, red leather and seats with checkered flags. There's even a metal plaque featuring the layout of the Goodwood circuit in the glovebox. Rolls-Royce describes that touch as "discreet."

The car gets a Gunmetal exterior paint treatment with matching wheels. The colored wheels are the first time such a feature has been used on a modern Rolls-Royce.

"Can you come up with a more irreverent spec for a Phantom Coupe?" howled the BBC's Top Gear.

It called the car a "white-hot slice of sacrilege for the old Rolls guard."

The car is the brainchild of a Rolls-Royce brand manager in Dubai.

"I wanted to create a motor car that captures the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit," said Mohammed El-Arishy, the brand manager, in a statement. "The home of Rolls-Royce's connection to such an important center of British motoring heritage is something that fascinates my customers."

Edmunds says: Definitely a polarizing take on a venerable car.

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