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2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection

Technical Specs
453 hp 531 lb-ft 5.6 s 149 mph
Horsepower Torque 0-60 mph Top Speed
Engine Exterior Dimensions & Weight
Type V12 Length 220.9 in (5612 mm)
Displacement 412 cu in (6749 cc) Width 78.2 in (1987 mm)
Power 453 hp (338 kW) @ 5350 rpm Height n/a
Torque 531 lb-ft (720 Nm) @ 3500 rpm Weight n/a
Redline n/a Performance
Electric Power n/a 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) 5.6 s (5.8 s)
Electric Torque n/a 1/4 mile n/a
Net Power n/a 60-0 Braking n/a
Driveline Top Speed 149 mph (240 km/h)
Layout Rear Wheel Drive Fuel Economy
Transmission EPA Fuel Mileage - City 11 mpg
Type 8 Speed Automatic EPA Fuel Mileage - HWY 19 mpg
Tires Origin & Price
Tire Size - Front n/a Manufacturer's Origin United Kingdom
Tire Size - Rear n/a Base Price 435,000 GBP
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Rolls-Royce Debuts Limited Edition Phantom Drophead Coupe

Published: Tue May 13, 2014 by Marko P.  |  Source: Rolls-Royce
The 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is finished in a specially developed 'Maggiore Blue' exterior paint.
The 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is finished in a specially developed 'Maggiore Blue' exterior paint.

The special edition open-top Phantom Coupe is a tribute to the English racing driver Sir Malcolm Campbell who, on September 1, 1937 at the Lake Maggiore in Italy, set a world-record speed of 126.33 mph in a Bluebird K3 boat powered by a Rolls-Royce R Engine.

The car will be publicly displayed for the first time at the world-renowned Concorso D'Elegenza at Villa D'Este on the shores of one of Italy's world-famous lakes, Como, which is adjacent to the aforementioned Lake Maggiore.

"This very special motor car serves to pay a perfect homage to my grandfather's remarkable acts of British daring and endeavor," said Donald Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell. "The extraordinary attention-to-detail and commitment to engineering excellence so evident in these motor cars perfectly echoes the lengths my grandfather and his colleagues went to in their pursuit of the waterspeed records."

The car also showcases numerous customization options available to Rolls-Royce customers.

Covered with Nine Layers of Paint

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé Waterspeed Collection is finished in a specially developed 'Maggiore Blue' exterior paint, inspired by Bluebird's famous color scheme. Nine layers of paint are applied before an exhaustive process of hand-sanding and the application of a cutting-edge powdered lacquer is undertaken to ensure an impeccable finish. For the first time in Rolls-Royce history the exterior finish extends to the engine, creating a visually striking homage to the power behind Campbell's records. The finish also adorns the car's specially developed, fully-polished eleven-spoke wheels for the first time, providing a subtle decorative accent.

The exterior is completed with a hand-painted coachline that culminates in a Bluebird motif with the design taking Rolls-Royce's master coachline painter four hours to apply by hand.

Phantom Drophead Coupé's traditional teak decking to the rear makes way for brushed steel. Each piece of material is individually panel-beaten by hand for 70 hours following initial mechanical pressing. A Rolls-Royce craftsperson will then hand-brush the metal for over 10 hours - showcasing the fastidious attention to detail and commitment to hand-craftsmanship that informs everything undertaken at the Home of Rolls-Royce.

The car's Maggiore Blue exterior finish is subtly echoed on the interior via accents on the dash-board that perfectly complement the Windchill Grey interior leather scheme. The marque's hallmark attention to detail extends to the application of hand-engraved door armrest tunnel caps featuring a new interpretation of Campbell's famous Bluebird motif. The armrests alone take eight hours to complete. Abachi wood also makes its Rolls-Royce debut in Waterspeed. By nature the material is cool to the touch with a satin-like tactility, and is bookmatched at an angle to echo the wake left by a boat moving at speed.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection will be made in 35 examples, each of them costing a minimum of 435,000 GBP.

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