The newest addition to the Rolls-Royce Phantom range is every bit as exquisite as its predecessors. Carrying on the Phantom’s legacy as “the best car in the world” —the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII introduces fresh styling, an all-new platform, advanced technology, and greater levels of luxury than ever before.
Rolls-Royce calls its new scalable platform the “Architecture of Luxury.” It is named the Phantom VIII, and the luxury U.K. automaker is expected to apply its all-aluminum spaceframe underpinnings to the upcoming Cullinan SUV and the next Ghost, Wraith, and Dawn. Nearly 30% more rigid than the Phantom VII’s platform, the new design will focus on ride, acoustic, and seat comfort, in addition to exterior presence and interior space.
Protecting the lineage and brand integrity of Rolls-Royce without compromise, the new model is paired with the new chassis in the latest generation self-leveling air suspension, four-wheel steering, stability control, a new double-wishbone front axle, and 5-link rear axle.
With this new Phantom, Rolls-Royce has managed to build the “most silent motor car in the world.” The premium sedan features more than 286 pounds of sound insulation, two-layer glazing, massive cast-aluminium joints, and high absorption materials. This makes the new Phantom is 10-percent quieter than its predecessor at 62 mph.
A brand new V12 motor facilitates quiet, robust thrust. A twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 produces 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. There is also a Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) in combination with a ZF eight-speed gearbox for smooth, fluid power.
The Phantom delivers on the electronics front as well, using the largest electronic architecture (ECU) of any BMW Group model. Some of its key features include Alertness Assistant, a four-camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility including helicopter view, Night Vision and Vision Assist, Active Cruise Control, collision warning, pedestrian warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure and lane change warning, an industry leading 7×3 High-resolution head-up display, Wi-Fi hot spot, and of course the latest navigation and entertainment systems. This makes it the most advanced Rolls-Royce to date.
Price for the eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is yet to be revealed. While it does not look dramatically different from its predecessor, every element of its plush interior, incredible powertrain, and tranquil ride quality has been improved to deliver one superb driving experience.