Rolls-Royce, arguably the most respected luxury car brand in the world and the choice of vehicle of nearly every famous celebrity or royalty around the globe.
The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is the 8th and current generation of the Phantom line-up manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the 2nd launched by Rolls-Royce under BMW ownership.
The styling of the Phantom VIII has been described as a huge leap forward from its predecessor the Phantom VII both in the exterior and interior. Like its predecessor it features a long hood and rear suicide doors which Rolls Royce has labelled “Coach Doors”.
It is available in a Short Wheelbase (SWB) and Extended Wheelbase (EWB), the EWB being 8.7 inches longer than the SWB variant.
Usually no one expects a car that is as luxury focused as a Rolls-Royce to be fast, especially one that weighs around 2,560 kgs. But when you add a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 that produces 560hp and 664lt-ft of torque you get an ultra-luxurious car that can do 0-100 kph in 5.3 secs. Rolls-Royce claims that the car is so heavy that is big engine is required to get it moving, and the turbos help in smooth power gain.
The Phantom VIII also has Four Wheel Steering which turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels at speeds lower 60 km/p to improve maneuverability and at speed above 80 km/p the rear wheel turn in the same direction as the front wheels providing better handling.
Along with its twin-turbocharged V12 it also uses ZF’s 8-speed automatic transmission to help with smoother shifts. This system is linked to a GPS receiver which communicates with the satellite to predict the road conditions ahead and shift the car into the right gear for the most comfortable driving experience.
This is the first time Rolls-Royce has implemented a Digital Gauge Cluster behind the wheel and an LED screen infotainment system. Running across the entire dashboard is a single uncut piece of glass with a clean finish, and also the iconic Rolls-Royce clock. Behind the glass lies the infotainment screen which drops down when the car is turned off and also something that Rolls-Royce calls “The Gallery” which stretches across the entire dashboard starting behind the infotainment screen till the A/C vent to the right. This Gallery can be set up with any material the customer wishes for example the Gallery can be set up with 100 rupee notes if the customer wishes.
The Phantom has always been Rolls-Royce’s crown jewel, being the biggest and most luxurious of all its competitors and also its own brand and with the Phantom VIII, Rolls-Royce has assured us that it is here to stay.
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