Rolls-Royce has finally pulled back the sheets on the new eighth-generation of their famed Phantom model.
“The global introduction of a new Rolls-Royce is always a very special moment within the BMW Group. This particular occasion is all the more special because we are introducing an all-new Phantom, the flagship of the Rolls-Royce brand and the world’s foremost luxury product,” said Peter Schwarzenbauer, Chairman of Rolls-Royce and Member of the Board of the BMW Group. New Phantom is a powerful statement of design, engineering and Bespoke expertise and I am delighted with the response we have received from our many highly discerning customers worldwide. The BMW Group remains fully committed to the future of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and is proud of the many achievements made by the brand since its acquisition.”
The new Phantom VIII will have an all-aluminum spaceframe architecture, as Rolls-Royce will no longer build future models with a monocoque construction. This new architecture allows the luxury car to be 30 percent more rigid than the Phantom VII’s equivalent. With this new light construction, a new double-wishbone front axle, five-link rear axle and Magic Carpet ride, the new Phantom will provide one of the most luxurious drives, ever.
As with all Rolls-Royce models, the new Phantom will be silent. In fact, the English automaker says it is the “most silent motor car in the world.” This feat was accomplished by including 6mm two-layer around the car, 287 lbs of sound insulation, large cast aluminum joints, groundbreaking “Silent-Seal tires” and other absorption materials. The Silent-Seal tires have a foam layer inside of them that reduce tire noise by 9db.
Underneath of the new Phantom’s hood is a completely new twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 engine that was engineered specifically for the model. The power of the engine is rated at 563 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the engine is a ZF 8-speed transmission.
A Rolls-Royce truly wouldn’t be a Rolls-Royce without a cabin fit for royalty. It’s easy to say that they did not disappoint inside the Phantom VIII. Resting behind the wood paneling of the front seats are picnic tables and theater monitors. Essentially, with a press of a button the Phantom can turn itself into one heck of movie theater. Of course, a Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be complete without a drink cabinet filled with whisky glasses, a decanter, champagne flutes and a coolbox.
Adding in the Phantom VIII’s luxury is the title of being “the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever.” Here is the long list of intelligent systems provided by Rolls-Royce: “Alertness Assistant, a 4-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, WiFi hotspot, and of course the latest navigation and entertainment systems.”