By: Jenna Gonzalez (Editor In Chief)
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Many of you don’t know this but I’m an avid car enthusiast that’s been to every major car show in the world. I’m also a big fan of custom one of a kind applications. So when I saw this, imagine my head-scratching moment. I’m not really into the whole new glitz and glam that Rolls Royce
has become. I honestly prefer the old-school brand class. However, I can be objective and appreciate luxury
, respectability and the quality that a brand represents. Too often, someone decides to hack an otherwise perfectly fine car and turn it into some gaudy monstrosity. So I always find myself straddling that fine line of what’s ok to add and what is too much. This 2011 Rolls Royce Phantom
that has been customized and enshrouded in 3M
carbon fiber which has become the sort of new luxury application to anything from shoes to laptops and helmets. I don’t really see the addition of carbon fiber as anything beneficial other than to give the already race inspired Phantom
a super sleek one of a kind look; but I concede that it’s less tacky compared to the chopped up models being inlaid with gold. The wheelcaps have also been customized with a bit of crystal, another luxury addition weve been seeing the last few years. I suppose in this particular application, I don’t think it takes away from the car’s regal look.
The 2011 Phantom Coupe has a throttling 6.75-liter direct-injected V-12 engine mated to an six-speed automatic transmission, producing a heart pounding 453 horsepower and 531 pounds-feet of torque. It features amazing automotive technology like reverse-opening power-closing doors, adaptive air suspension with automatic four-corner leveling, 24-inch custom alloy wheels, a 15 speaker 420 watt sound system with navigation. The base price of a standard 2011 Rolls Royce Phantom is $408,000, this Phantom customized by AP Auto Services
doesn’t have any released pricing on this carbon fiber creation but you’re probably looking at somewhere in the range of $430,000-$450,000 to make up for the carbon fiber & customization costs. So what do you think? Is it luxurious, or just tacky?
2011 Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe’s standard specifications
Engine & Performance
- Base engine size: 6.7 L
- Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
- Cylinders: V12
- Valves: 48
- Valve timing: Variable
- Direct injection
- Torque: 531 ft-lbs. @ 3500 rpm
- Horsepower: 453 hp @ 5350 rpm
- Turning circle: 43.0 ft.
- Drive type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 6-speed automatic
- Double wishbone front suspension
- Multi-link rear suspension
- Four-wheel independent suspension
- Front and rear stabilizer bar
- Fuel type: gas
- Fuel type: premium unleaded (required)
- Fuel tank capacity: 26.4 gal.
- Range in miles (cty/hwy): 290.4/475.2 mi.
- EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 11/18 mpg
Tires and Wheels
- Alloy wheels
- 21 x 9.5 in. wheels
- 285/45R21 109W tires
- Run flat tires
Roof and Glass
- Variable intermittent rain sensing wipers
- Rear defogger
Towing and Hauling
- Width: 78.2 in.
- Height: 62.9 in.
- Length: 220.9 in.
- Front track: 66.4 in.
- Rear track: 65.8 in.
- Wheel base: 130.7 in.
- Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 13.9 cu.ft.
- Maximum cargo capacity: 13.9 cu.ft.
- EPA interior volume: 109.9 cu.ft.
- Gross weight: 6724 lbs.
- Gross weight: 0.35 in.
- Curb weight: 5771 lbs.