The Updated Rolls Royce Phantom
The £350,000 updated Rolls Royce Phantom was revealed at a VIP party at London’s Bonhams last week. It is promised to be the quietest yet and is the most technologically advanced Rolls Royce ever.
This is the 8th generation of the Phantom since it was first launched 92 years ago. Its predecessor was back in 2003 and marked the first Phantom produced after BMW took over the company. This new model takes luxury and personalisation to a new level while keeping the iconic Rolls Royce shape.
The engine is more powerful than the previous model. A 6.75 litre twin turbo V12 engine with 563bhp and a top speed restricted to 155mph. Despite its size the Phantom has sports car acceleration achieving a 0-62mph time of only 5.3 seconds. The engine is connected to a satellite aided eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF.
To make sure engine noise doesn’t affect passengers Rolls Royce has made the 2 layers of glazing around the car 6mm thicker and added 130 kg of sound deadening insulation around the cabin. Due to these and other noise reduction tweaks this Phantom is claimed to be 10% quieter at 62mph than the previous version.
Exterior Features of the Phantom
This Phantom has been built on the new platform from Rolls Royce they have called ‘The Architecture of Luxury’. This new platform allows for versatility in producing models of different weights and sizes. It has also been designed to allow for different propulsion systems – implying Rolls Royce will be prepared when the ban on sales of diesel and petrol vehicles comes into force in 2040.
On the outside the Phantom is unmistakably Rolls Royce. The new chrome grille is incorporated into the bodywork for the first time to create a seamless line. Headlights are the most advanced you can find, comprising of a laser light system which can illuminate a road for up to 600 metres in the dark.
To continue the effort to reduce any unnecessary noise, each of the doors are now soft touch, self-closing doors. The tyres also include a foam layer to reduce tyre noise.
There are 2 models to choose from, the Phantom and the Phantom extended wheel base for those who like the most spacious cabin money can buy!
Of course, the Spirit of Ecstasy stands proud at the front of the bonnet.
Interior Features of the Phantom
On the inside is all the luxury you would expect with the largest starlight headliner of all Rolls Royce models; tiny sparkles of light create a display of stars for passengers to gaze upon.
There are several choices of seat for rear passengers. Individual lounge seats come with a choice of an occasional armrest or a fixed centre console which comes complete with a drinks cabinet, whisky glasses, champagne flutes, and a cool box. Seats are arranged so a passenger will never need to strain their neck to turn and talk to another Phantom occupant. The other choice of seat is the new sleeping seats, perfect for those who like to catch up on a little rest on their journey. For further comfort, hidden behind the wood panelling on the rear of the front seats are picnic tables and screen which can be deployed and retracted at the touch of a button.
If all this luxury wasn’t enough, owners of a Rolls Royce Phantom can also choose their own artwork to be included in their bespoke vehicle thanks to a glass covered area on the dashboard reserved for this purpose.
To limit the amount of in cabin movement sophisticated suspension systems can be found on the Phantom. Firstly, self-levelling air suspension will continuously monitor conditions, adjusting the shock absorber. Secondly, is the Flagbearer system which uses a stereo camera to view the road ahead and adjust the suspension ahead of time up to 62mph to ensure a smooth journey. These technologies aim to produce the ‘magic carpet ride’ feel to every trip Rolls Royce is known for.
Rolls Royce Phantom at a Glance
|Top Speed:||155mph (restricted)|
|Engine:||6.75 litre twin turbo V12|
|0-62mph time:||5.3 seconds|
The digital dash in the Phantom includes a central information screen which can retract behind the centre stack when not in use as well as the highest resolution Head-Up Display seen to date. These features accompany tech you would expect to find such as collision warning, active safety systems and a 360-degree view and night vision camera.
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31 July 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy