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Martin

RR Phantom EWB

Not a test drive, but a passenger ride, in the back of course which is the right way to experience a Phantom.

I can easily sum it up in one word.....fabulous!

It's a beautiful place to sit, with high quality leather and wood on every surface, really comfortable seats and carpet mats you could lose your shoes in.   The ride is the best of any car I've ever been in and it was near silent, with just a distant 'woofle' from the engine when the driver had to go for it, which he had to do a few time, although I didn't see any less that 50% on the power reserve.  It's pretty quick actually, in a completely effortless way.

I had fairly big expectations and it easily matched them, it's a huge step up from the S Class LWB we were in a few weeks ago.

The transfer / experience started as soon as we'd walked off the plane, as we were met at the air bridge, taken to immigration on an electric buggy, whisked through the VIP lane and into the baggage hall.  I checked the time when we got into the car and it was 14mins from leaving the plane.  A new record.

I'm looking forward to having another ride in a couple of days.

Here it is, full on 'Racing Spec', dark metallic green with a tan interior and lots of wood.  









Bob Sacamano

Re: RR Phantom EWB

Martin wrote:


The transfer / experience started as soon as we'd walked off the plane, as we were met at the air bridge, taken to immigration on an electric buggy, whisked through the VIP lane and into the baggage hall.  I checked the time when we got into the car and it was 14mins from leaving the plane.  A new record.



Yes, but you can be off the KLM shuttle at Durham Tees valley Airport, into one of Boro Cabs Skodas and being whisked to downtown Middlesborough in 12 minutes so is it really moving the game on much?
PhilD

To clear up any confusion Bob, are you saying getting to downtown Middlesbrough quickly is a good thing?
JohnC

That's luxury on a whole different scale. I like the look of the hotel. Where are you? Is that Singapore for a stop off?
Michael

I'd guess the Peninsula hotel, Hong Kong. They're known for their green Rolls Royce fleet.
Martin

Michael wrote:
I'd guess the Peninsula hotel, Hong Kong. They're known for their green Rolls Royce fleet.


That's the one, they have 14 in total.  They also have a couple of previous model Cooper S clubmans painted the same unique shade of green, with Rolls Royce leather and a roof box.  It's used when you have too much luggage for the RR (which has a larger boot as one of its modifications) or want to pop out to do some shopping.
TreVoR

Martin wrote:
Michael wrote:
I'd guess the Peninsula hotel, Hong Kong. They're known for their green Rolls Royce fleet.


That's the one, they have 14 in total.  They also have a couple of previous model Cooper S clubmans painted the same unique shade of green, with Rolls Royce leather and a roof box.  It's used when you have too much luggage for the RR (which has a larger boot as one of its modifications) or want to pop out to do some shopping.


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boc70

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Martin wrote:




"Sir, can you stop taking photos and get in the bl**dy car please?"
Martin



Quite the opposite, he was offering to take a picture of us standing in front of it.
Frank Bullitt

'Cool' on the climate seems a touch gauche, perhaps it ought to say 'more temperate'.

Looks rather nice - is this part of the honeymoon proper? When you get to Auz it'll be a 1978 Holden Commodore or 1987 Subaru Bratt so enjoy it whilst it lasts
Big Blue

I saw it was The Peninsula from the entrance. Back of a Roller: the best way.
Big Blue

Frank Bullitt wrote:
'Cool' on the climate seems a touch gauche, perhaps it ought to say 'more temperate'


No the other end of the button setting says "Smokin'"

Inbetween it says "Kinda Funky".
Racing Teatray

Very nice.
PG

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Martin wrote:
... although I didn't see any less that 50% on the power reserve.  ......

Here it is, full on 'Racing Spec', dark metallic green with a tan interior and lots of wood.  


I can forgive RR a lot, but not the "Power Reserve" meter. I can't believe they are actually measuring bhp generated v the maximum, so it must be just some sort of tacho that runs backwards. Stupid.

Great spec though - perfect colour combo.
Martin

Frank Bullitt wrote:
'Cool' on the climate seems a touch gauche, perhaps it ought to say 'more temperate'.

Looks rather nice - is this part of the honeymoon proper? When you get to Auz it'll be a 1978 Holden Commodore or 1987 Subaru Bratt so enjoy it whilst it lasts


Yes, 2 night stopover on route to Melbourne.  I've booked a 'Full Size Sports Sedan', which is supposed to be the SV6 Commodore, so the 3.6 rather than 3.0.  I wanted a V8, but the hire companies have stopped offering the Holden Caprice (rebadged commodore) and replaced it with the E Class, which I definitely don't want, it has to be something Australian.
PhilD

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Martin wrote:


I can forgive RR a lot, but not the "Power Reserve" meter.


I've always assumed it's a little German joke at the expense of "Britishness"
Chris M Wanted a V-10

You're very lucky. If I ever manage to make it to HK (one of the places on my so-called bucket list) for a short holiday I certainly won't be staying at a hotel that has courtesy cars to collect me from the airport.
Bob Sacamano

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
You're very lucky. If I ever manage to make it to HK (one of the places on my so-called bucket list) for a short holiday I certainly won't be staying at a hotel that has courtesy cars to collect me from the airport.


If you're heading out that way try the Bangkok Hilton, very reasonable.
Big Blue

Martin wrote:
it has to be something Australian.


Kangaroos with reins and saddlebags?
Bob Sacamano

Big Blue wrote:
Martin wrote:
it has to be something Australian.


Kangaroos with reins and saddlebags?


A ute, surely?
cbeaks1

Martin wrote:
Frank Bullitt wrote:
'Cool' on the climate seems a touch gauche, perhaps it ought to say 'more temperate'.

Looks rather nice - is this part of the honeymoon proper? When you get to Auz it'll be a 1978 Holden Commodore or 1987 Subaru Bratt so enjoy it whilst it lasts


Yes, 2 night stopover on route to Melbourne.  I've booked a 'Full Size Sports Sedan', which is supposed to be the SV6 Commodore, so the 3.6 rather than 3.0.  I wanted a V8, but the hire companies have stopped offering the Holden Caprice (rebadged commodore) and replaced it with the E Class, which I definitely don't want, it has to be something Australian.


We were given SV6 wagons for all of our hires last year in Aus. Good solid pleasant cars, which unsurprisingly reminded me of my dad's company Omega 2.5 V6's.

Watch out for mobile speed cameras - both my dad and I were caught and it was a $300 fine.
Roadrunner

Back to the OP... the best way to travel, although I would argue that the driving seat is the best place from which to experience the Phantom's capabilities, which defy the laws of physics. It is not just the fact that you can hustle it down a twisty B road at indecent speeds, but that it will do it in such an unflustered manner that Sir's gin and tonic will not be spilt in the back.
Martin

Had another ride in one back to the airport last night.  I did like it when the concierge said "your Rolls Royce is waiting outside Mr Cooper".....  Enjoyed it just as much the second time.

No ancient Holden or Subaru and definitely not a Ute.  It's an almost brand new Commodore SV6 Black, very comfortable and a decent spec (sat nav, Head up Display, Alcantara seats with red stitching etc)
Roadsterstu

Nice, Martin. Very nice!
Nice Guy Eddie

Quite like the idea of that. To take advantage of the Rolls, do you need to upgrade to a suite or is it just a case of organising the transfer with the hotel.

The real question is why did you not want to book our resident Singapore Uber driver?
Michael

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:

The real question is why did you not want to book our resident Singapore Uber driver?


Singapore isn't that near Hong Kong?
PhilD

Roadrunner wrote:
Back to the OP... the best way to travel, although I would argue that the driving seat is the best place from which to experience the Phantom's capabilities, which defy the laws of physics. It is not just the fact that you can hustle it down a twisty B road at indecent speeds, but that it will do it in such an unflustered manner that Sir's gin and tonic will not be spilt in the back.


Do you have a secret desire to be a chauffeur? Think John C has a job going!
Nice Guy Eddie

Michael wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:

The real question is why did you not want to book our resident Singapore Uber driver?


Singapore isn't that near Hong Kong?


Ha ha, I really should read a thread, for some reason I thought Martin said he was off to Singapore.
PhilD

Michael wrote:
Nice Guy Eddie wrote:

The real question is why did you not want to book our resident Singapore Uber driver?


Singapore isn't that near Hong Kong?


Sorry Guv, I ain't going north of the South China Sea.
Martin

Nice Guy Eddie wrote:
Quite like the idea of that. To take advantage of the Rolls, do you need to upgrade to a suite or is it just a case of organising the transfer with the hotel.

The real question is why did you not want to book our resident Singapore Uber driver?


It's not included, it's booked separately.  All you get with the suite is an hour a day use of their Clubman, which is really just to pick up all your shopping.

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