Rolls-Royce has officially introduced the eighth-generation Phantom after the leak last month in a Chinese magazine. Although it may be a little more aggressive, imposing, Darth Vader-like – it definitely looks like a Phantom!
Rolls throws around the term "Architecture of Luxury" and this is true for the new aluminium space frame platform of this Roller, and all future Rollers!
The company has stated that it is focusing on small-batch manufacturers for parts.
"Our approach has been to forge long-term relationships with smaller suppliers run by families that will focus on us, giving us much more attention and therefore results that live within a quality expectation far beyond any other automotive concern," said Philip Koehn, the director of engineering.
"For a brand to operate in such a manner within a larger automotive group is unheard of and truly revolutionary," he adds.
According to Rolls-Royce, the new platform is 30 percent more rigid than the outgoing example, and has been designed to work with "different propulsion, traction and control systems, thus underpinning the long-term future product roadmap."
Seems to us like we won't only be seeing an SUV in the future, but an electric luxury vehicle as well!
The double-wishbone front suspension and five-link rear will keep everything controlled while four-wheel steering will make the Phantom more agile, says Rolls. The "Magic Carpet Ride" system keeps the ride smoother by constantly monitoring the speed, steering inputs and the front camera – and making adjustments to the self-levelling air suspension.
In addition, the two-layer window glazing around the car keeps the cabin nice and quiet, plus more than 280 pounds of sound insulation. It also gets a double-skin alloy within the floor and bulkhead filled with dense foam to keep even more noise out!
Also, the tires have a foam layer inside to "wipe out tire cavity noise" – this may seem a bit strange, but it reduces the tire noise by 9 decibels, a rather big amount. For example, the quieter McLaren tired on the 570GT only reduce noise by 1 decibel. Basically, the new Phantom Vlll is 10 percent quieter than the outgoing model!
A new V12 (same as 6.75-liter displacement) makes 663 lb-ft of torque at just 1,700 rpm as well as 563 hp. The ZF eight-speed automatic makes the changes and uses a "Satellite Aided Transmission" module that reads the road ahead to prepare the car for any elevation changes.
In addition, the Phantoms ups the ante on the tech front too with the Alertness Assistant – a four-camera system with panoramic view, all-around visibility (including helicopter view) night vision and vision assist, active cruise control, collision warning, cross-traffic warning, pedestrian warning, lane departure and lane change warning, the head-up display, Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as navigation and entertainment systems.
When it comes to the new exterior design, suffice it to say, it's luxurious and gorgeous!
"When in need of a space to reflect on issues of importance or simply lost in thought, one's imagination is inspired by the largest Starlight Headliner ever seen in a Rolls-Royce. Hgh gloss, exquisitely tactile wood panelling that can be commissioned for the door interiors, centre consoles, dashboard and picnic tables, encircles the passenger in only the most beautiful and authentic materials."
In the back, infotainment screens and the rear work-picnic are hidden in the front seats while a new rear centre console hides whisky glasses and a decanter, champagne flutes and a cool box – incredible!