The eight-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom has been launched in India. The base model is priced from INR 9.5 Crore, while the long wheel base model is available starting from INR 11.35 Crore. It is currently the most expensive car on sale in the country.
The new Rolls-Royce Phantom is based on the Architecture of Luxury which features an all-new aluminium spaceframe structure which delivers improved body stiffness and makes the car lighter as well. The new Phantom is almost 30%more rigid than its predecessor, leading to better ride comfort.
The eight generation Phantom is also said to be the most silent motor car in the world. It features 6mm two-layer glazing all around the car and more than 130kg of sound insulation. High absorption layers within the headliner, in the doors and in the boot cavity further aid insulation and reduced reverberation.
Rolls-Royce has also worked closely with its tyre supplier to invent ‘Silent-Seal’ tires which feature a specific foam layer placed inside the tyre to eliminate tyre cavity noise and reduce overall tyre noise by 9db. The new Phantom is almost 10% quieter than its predecessor at 100 km/h
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII takes an evolutionary design approach. It features a newly designed chrome Pantheon grille with the iconic retractable Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. It also gets full-LED headlights with DRLs and new LED tail lamps.
At the side, we see the very familiar proportions of the Phantom. It features a short front and long rear overhang, an upright front and a flowing rear which evokes the beautiful flowing rears of the 1950’s and 1960’s Phantoms. The rear glass is more raked and the rear lines sleeker than the previous Phantom models.
Open the coach doors to enter into the lap of luxury. As expected from a Rolls-Royce, the environment is crafted from the most precious and contemporary of materials. Technology is hidden until required, spaces and surfaces are clean, and the eye rests only on beauty as if in an art gallery.
It also features the largest Starlight Headliner ever seen in a Rolls-Royce. The seats are newly sculpted and hand-crafted to deliver even more comfort. Behind the wood panelling on the rear of the front seats are the Rear Picnic tables and Rear Theatre Monitors, which are electrically deployed and retracted at the touch of a button.
The new fixed rear centre console houses a drinks cabinet with whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and coolbox. Along with the seats, even the front door armrests, front centre console lid, lower C-Pillar, rear side armrests with all individual seats, and rear centre armrest get heating functionality.
The dashboard of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom is called as ‘The Gallery’. All of the elements within ‘The Gallery’ are enclosed behind a toughened glass with spread across the width of the dashboard.
The digital instrument dials are framed with chrome rings. The 12.3 inch TFT colour displays, in addition to speed, power reserve, fuel and temperature levels, also react to provide essential information on cruise control settings, navigation instructions, driver assistance systems and a whole host of other information.
Rolls-Royce also provides an analogue clock behind the glass of ‘The Gallery’. Customers can also commission an individual artwork by their favoured artist or designer to be displayed in the space in the upper dashboard area.
Under the hood of the eight generation Phantom lies a revised 6.75-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 engine. This motor develops 563 BHP @ 5000 RPM and 900 Nm of torque @ 1700 RPM. It is coupled to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The luxury car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds while the long wheelbase variant is 0.1 seconds slower. Top speed is claimed to be 250 km/h.
Rolls-Royce’s celebrated Magic Carpet Ride is further improved as a result of the new lighter architecture and the latest generation of self-levelling air suspension. The state-of-the-art chassis control systems delivers effortless ride and handling and optimal vibration comfort performance.
The Electronic Architecture of the new Phantom is the largest ever component produced by the BMW Group making the latest model the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever.
Some of the assistance systems on-board New Phantom include Alertness Assistant, a 4-camera system with Panoramic View, all-around 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.
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