If there’s a car name that screams unbridled luxury, it has to be Rolls-Royce. It does so in a quiet and classy voice, but a scream it is! Now owned by BMW, Rolls-Royce has remained true to its roots and delivers the ultimate in luxury motoring. The 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom is an excellent example of what happens when everything works perfectly well. One of the most distinctive feature of the 2003 Phantom, besides its massive size, is the rear-hinged rear doors. Once upon a time, these were called suicide doors, but that may be a bit much Rolls-Royce, who calls them ‘coach doors’. They can be closed from the back at the touch a button – no need to over-stretch yourself. The emblem, the Spirit of Ecstasy at the top of the grille is retractable, to avoid temptation in anyone looking for a ‘souvenir’.
While the 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom’s engine retained the classic 6.75-liter displacement, it was now powered by a V12, courtesy of BMW, rather than a V8. With 453 horsepower and massive torque at its disposal, the Phantom is no slouch, despite its size. It can reach 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, and a top speed of 149 miles per hour.
Despite being fitted with just about as many luxuries one can imagine (umbrellas in the doors, 26-speaker sound system, heated and cooled cup holders, a refrigerator, anyways you get the idea) the 2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom is by all accounts a car that wants to be driven, rather than chauffeured. Who knew?