The Drophead rolls on custom-built 24-inch Savini Forged wheels, color-matched exterior trim and Beckham’s “23” embroidered onto the seats. Redefining “bespoke”, Beckham gives the Drophead a more aggressive, yet elegant look.
In 2004, Rolls-Royce unveiled its 100EX, an experimental drophead built to celebrate 100 years of the brand. In its two world tours, the 100EX received positive feedback from customers, and in 2005 the brand announced that a production version would be available by 2007.
When creating the Drophead, the design team drew inspiration from the classic J-class racing yachts of the 1930s. The use of steel and wood—design highlights first seen in the 100EX—cement the maritime theme. Honesty and integrity were paramount in the design process, which is why the Phantom Drophead has a soft-top, rather than a folding metal roof. The hood, which was inspired by the “bare metal” theme in the 100EX, is the largest panel made from anti-corrosion steel in the car industry.
The Drophead’s new face embodies its modern, dynamic spirit while retaining the confidence that has characterized Rolls-Royce for more than a century. The vast Greek temple-style grille is made entirely from stainless steel and its headlights offer an aggressive look to the vehicle. Just as distinctive are those vast rear-hinged coach doors that open to a seating of four.
The engine, the big and silent-smooth direct-injection 6.7-liter, 452-horsepower V12, is identical to the Phantom’s and so is the six-speed ZF autobox. However, the Drophead’s cabin is another departure from the Phantom sedan. The shorter wheelbase reduces rear legroom, yet the twin rear seats have ample legroom for tall people. Instruments are Phantom carryover and minimalist. The upper part of the dash is aluminum while elsewhere features crafted wood.
While the Phantom sedan is a car for everyday use, the Drophead Coupe is more for leisure and a car to enjoy with friends on a warm summer day.