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Special edition Phantom Coupe features aero-inspired trim and a matt finished bonnet

Rolls-Royce has announced a special edition of its Phantom Coupe. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Aviator Edition has been unveiled at the Pebble Beach Quail gathering in California.

The Phantom Coupe Aviator Edition features a matt window and grille surround and bonnet. Inside, changes include a Thommen aviation clock with blood orange needles. The mahogany veneer lower fascia carries sapele highlights and polished stainless steel trim.

Rolls-Royce will build 35 Aviator Edition models. They have been inspired by keen aviator and Rolls-Royce co-founder, Charles Rolls and the Supermarine S6B which competed in the Schnider Trophy, an air race held near Rolls-Royce’s factory between 1931 and 1933. The Rolls-Royce connection is the V12 supercharged R-Type aero engine that powered the Supermarine planes in 1929 and 1931.

Other S6B-inspired features include an anodised aluminium transmission tunnel with exposed torx bolts and swage lines that echo the oil cooling veins on the plane’s fuselage. The Aviator marks the first time Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has drawn on the aircraft side of the business.

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Mario B 17 August 2012

Rolls Aviator

Not sure that I would go for this dash though I think it may look better with the wood above the alloy rather than the other way around.

R32 17 August 2012

A touch tacky

This particular model does seem somewhat contrived.  I would have expected Rolls-Royce marketing to come up with something better than this.

Frightmare Bob 17 August 2012


The matt finished windscreen frame just looks wrong and the wood dash looks like my late grandfather's old radiogram. Why buy this car rather than an Aston Martin or Bentley?