The Rolls-Royce also weighs 3,000 pounds more, making this a closer match than we'd expect rich people to like.
Rolls-Royce never likes to use horsepower figures to advertise its cars, instead claiming that the output is “adequate” for whatever the Roller, the chauffeur, and wealthy passenger may encounter. Other things that are “adequate” to the one percent likely include a garage of supercars, a private jet, a vacation house or two, and birthday checks for five or six figures. The point we’re trying to make is that what’s only adequate to a wealthy person may be more than enough to the majority of people.
That’s something this race between a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a lowly Toyota GT86 embodies perfectly here. We recently tested the GT86 and found it to be one of the cheapest ways to mimic a race car driver’s job without having a racing team budget. But with the 2.0-liter flat-four screaming to make 205 horsepower, there’s certainly something missing from the experience.
On the other hand, the lofty Roller has an engine that’s adequately sized in proportion to the land yacht, coming in at 6.75-liters spread out over 12 cylinders in V formation. As far as strange matchups go, this is one that just had to happen sooner or later. The relatively untaxed engine makes only 453 horsepower which is quite a bit compared to the GT86, but on the other hand the Rolls-Royce weighs 3,000 pounds more than a fully-loaded GT86. Unfortunately for the poor (poor as in lacking in funds, we take no pity on Toyota) Toyota, it loses this battle. Perhaps it was because having someone in the passenger seat saddles the engine with too much of a load.