New versions of the Rolls-Royce Phantom don’t appear often, so the company can be forgiven for making. What the British would describe as “a bit of a fuss” when they do. The original Phantom was introduced in 1925, and Rolls claims that makes it the longest-lived model name in automotive history..! Eighth Generation Rolls-Royce
In truth, there have been some lengthy gaps between a few of the generations. This new eighth generation is directly replacing the current car, which was the first BMW-developed Rolls-Royce. This, we remind you, is a car for people who regard the Bentley Mulsanne as too common.
Despite looking familiar, this Phantom is nearly entirely new. It sits on Rolls-Royce’s new aluminum spaceframe platform, officially dubbed the Architecture of Luxury. Which will go on to underpin all of the company’s forthcoming models, including the Project Cullinan SUV. The 140-inch wheelbase is slightly smaller than the previous car’s. And the overall length of 227.2 inches actually has shrunk by 2.8 inches. For the standard-wheelbase version, although you wouldn’t accuse it of having less presence.
Suspension elements are mostly aluminum, with electrically controlled air springs. Active anti-roll bars, and adaptive dampers delivering what Rolls-Royce modestly describes as its Magic Carpet Ride. It uses a road-scanning camera system to prepare for bumps before they reach the wheels.
External styling has evolved gently, despite a creative process. According to Rolls-Royce design director Giles Taylor, involved sending. The styling team on a mind-clearing sabbatical to better contemplate the essence of luxury…
The new car is less slab-sided than its Brutalist predecessor. Has what we’re supposed to call a waft line running along the base of the doors. The stainless-steel grille is even taller now, while the overall proportions. Enormous C-pillars, and rear-hinged rear coach doors remain the same. The standard wheels will be 21 inches in diameter, while 22s will be a factory option.
Although the new body shell is both lighter and, per Rolls-Royce, 30 percent stiffer than the previous car’s, the official curb weight of 5862 pounds actually is higher.
The curb weight includes no less than 287 pounds of acoustic insulation and triple-layer 0.2-inch-thick glass in all windows. According to the company’s engineering director Philip Koehn, the new Phantom is 10 percent quieter at highway cruising speeds than its already-sepulchral predecessor. Additionally, the new Silent Seal tires, developed by Rolls-Royce and Continental, contain a layer of foam inside the tires that reduces overall tire noise by nine decibels.!
The cabin retains many traditional touches, including rotary controls for the heating and ventilation system and the denial of a traditional tachometer in favor of a Power Reserve dial in one of the three circular instrument bezels. (Although these look analog, the instruments inside actually are digital screens.) Eighth Generation Rolls-Royce
The most outré feature is a toughened glass panel spanning the top of the dashboard and instrument panel;
The rear portion of the cabin is more conventional.
Pretty much every nonglazed surface is covered in either leather, wood, or ankle-deep carpeting, and, as before, the range of customization options is effectively unlimited. If a buyer can imagine a color or trim material, however garish or unlikely it may be, then Rolls-Royce will happily attempt to make the dream come true…
We don’t yet have a confirmed price tag, although it is unlikely to be of great concern to those with the liquidity to be Phantom buyers. The previous edition started at $422,925 for the short-wheelbase model (the extended wheelbase was priced from $497,525); given the myriad customization options, the base price merely represents the point at which negotiation begins… Eighth Generation Rolls-Royce