For its fifth year of production, key additions are coming to the 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe. Besides a restyled rear seat and additions to interior and exterior color palette, the Drophead borrows new suspension components and transmission calibration from the Coupe. The result, per Rolls-Royce, is a Phantom that is more engaging to drive.
The suspension changes consist of more responsive air springs and dampers and resized anti-roll bars. The company stresses that the ride is "maintained at the level expected from a Rolls-Royce." A new steering wheel with a thicker rim is connected to a recalibrated power steering system that boosts road feel at speed (power assist at low speed remains unchanged).
A revised braking system increases pedal firmness under light and moderate braking, but remains the same under heavy braking. The steering wheel now features an "S" button. Press it, and the transmission will hold a lower gear for longer and will shift down more readily under braking to induce more V-12 fury.
The 2011 Phantom Drophead Coupe starts at $452,000 including gas guzzler tax and destination fees.