The all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom has been officially revealed. German owners BMW claim the new Phantom is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever.
As well as getting an all-new 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 engine delivering 563 bhp and 664 lb-ft of torque, the eighth-generation model is also built on an all-new aluminium architecture.
Rolls-Royce says the new spaceframe architecture will underpin every future model beginning with the new Phantom. Designed and engineered from the ground up, it is claimed to be approximately 30 per cent more rigid than the previous version.
“Phantom VII’s spaceframe architecture was a good starting point and inspiration, but we wanted to do much more,” explains design boss, Giles Taylor. “Starting with New Phantom, I have the framework to create a future range of true Rolls-Royces. In essence, this is one big coachbuild project.”
Exterior updates, meanwhile, include a cleaner-looking front grille that is for the first time integrated into the surrounding bodywork, whilst the refreshed headlamp graphic also incorporates what is being claimed as the most advanced laserlight system of any motor car; according to Rolls-Royce, it can cast light over 600 metres down the road at night. The design of the rear glass is also more raked and the rear lines more neater in appearance than on the previous Phantom. Finishing details include 22-inch wheels.
On the inside, there’s the largest ‘starlight headliner’ ever seen in a Rolls-Royce, as well as newly-designed seats and extensive wood panelling. Tech features include a head-up display paired with digital dials that are enclosed in an uninterrupted swathe of toughened glass that runs the full width of the dash area.
Plenty of effort was also put into creating ‘the most silent motor car in the world’ including 6 mm two-layer glazing all around the car and more than 130 kg of sound insulation.
The new Phantom will go on sale next year with a price expected to be in the region of £400,000.