New for 2018, Rolls-Royce has gone back to the drawing board and the new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is waiting for you. It is based on an all-aluminum spaceframe architecture, as Rolls-Royce is moving away from monocoque construction. This new chassis allows the luxury car to be 30 percent more rigid than its predecessor. It is the most silent motor car in the world. This feat was accomplished by incorporating a 6 mm sound barrier throughout the car. Comprised of two layers, it adds up to 287 lbs of sound insulation. Instead of cast iron, the new suspension has large cast aluminum joints. The Silent-Seal tires have a foam layer inside of them that reduce tire noise by 9-dB.
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Taking a page from attack submarines, another first is filling the voids in the body structure with high-density foam, and lining all the contact points with felt. Double-skinned layers on the roof, doors, and trunk are a testament to their quest for excellence. If winter weather makes you ache, the new Phantom arrives with heated seats, armrests, center consoles and C-pillars outboard of the rear seats. Of course, there is a chiller behind the seats and crystal tumblers for your aged single-malt. In the backrests of the front seats, you are treated to the traditional wood picnic tables, along with HD screens with individual inputs. The wood paneling of the dash panel is now known as The Gallery, and it is a blank canvas waiting for your inspiration. Rolls-Royce can adorn it with a 3D map of your DNA, an oil painting, porcelain roses or anything your heart desires.
Under the massive bonnet, the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 is all new. It uses twin-turbos to make 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque at 1,700 rpm. The 8-speed automatic is controlled by GPS instead of MPH. The car constantly looks at a map of the road ahead and decides the appropriate gear based on how spirited your driving might be. Brilliant! The powered doors have been revised with one-touch operation by a chauffeur or valet.
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII Specs
Engine: 6.75-liter Twin-Turbo V12
Torque: 664 lb-ft
Top Speed: TBD
Transmission: 8-speed automatic