The first few minutes are as intimidating as hell. We unload our Rs 4 crore ride from the transporter at a fuel station outside Udaipur and drive straight into a typically manic Indian highway scene. Picture this. Battered old Tatas and Leylands scrap fender-to-fender, two-wheelers and rickshaws dive through gaps in traffic, and the road is lined with an assortment of sump-gouging potholes. Then, just to spice things up, cattle lie sprawled across the road like they’ve been cut-pasted out of some idyllic pastoral scene, their expressions displaying an enhanced state of calm. Into this idyllic scene slips the Phantom Coupé, as inconspicuous as Darth Vader at a ‘bhangra’ festival.
The first shock is just how serene everything feels from the inside.
And it’s not “wow this is good.” It’s more like, “Is this V12 really turning over, and did we really just float over those huge bumps?” But no time for that now, as the barge-like nose of the Phantom slips its mooring and glides into the traffic on the Udaipur bypass.
This Feature appeared in the /UserControls/September 2011 - 12th anniversary issue, collector issue of Autocar Magazine
Issue: 165 | May 2013
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