The trick to driving the 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom isn't pressing it to its lofty top-speed limits. It's not screeching its massive tires until the neighbors in Holmby Hills hear you hauling out toward Palm Springs, either.
After a weekend driving the 2009 Phantom, I realized the key to driving it: letting the car float gracefully along the highway at 80 miles per hour, while avoiding ratty Honda Civics that seem to dart out in its path.
Do they not SEE a 6000-pound, custom-white-painted Goliath? It's hard to imagine anyone, anything not seeing the Phantom, a decided throwback to the way cars used to look. There's just nothing like it in the automotive world--save for the aged Bentley Arnage, which will be replaced soon enough by a new fleet-footed Bentley sedan
. It's an utter traditionalist from its thick D-pillar, to its sloped trunk, to the wide bands of chrome that could blind the Palomar telescope, all the way in front to the winged Spirit of Ecstasy hood trophy, which kindly...