What can be a better, bigger and plusher statement of style and opulence than the greatest and the most hallowed luxury symbol ever, the Rolls-Royce? Boasting of the best elements of Anglo-Saxon technology, the Rolls-Royce Phantom towers over the other luxury makes with its inimitable and unique image. In India, it made a comeback after half a century. The new, updated Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II models have been carefully upgraded and boast of avant-garde technology, enhanced drive-train and improved connectivity. The Phantom is available in four variants—the Phantom, the Phantom Coupe, the Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Phantom Extended Wheelbase.
The Rolls-Royce, as any discerning car lover would be aware, is a customisable car. One has a choice of 44,000 colours to choose from, but the engine is standard. Its two variants, the Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase, come in a brilliant 6.75-litre, four per cylinder V12 engine. It produces an incredible output of 453 horsepower. The all-aluminium engine comes with four-valves per cylinder and twin overhead camshafts per bank. The engine further boasts of hi-tech features like direct-fuel injection, fully variable valve lift control and variable valve timing (VVT).
The engine has been mated to BMW’s 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox. Result, a 10% hike in the fuel efficiency of the car.
Unsurprisingly, it can reach a top speed of 155 mph, or around 250 km/h, and can accelerate to 100 kph in 5.8 seconds, giving it a jet-like character. Front suspension of the car uses an advanced double wishbone layout while at the rear there is a multi-link system.
A brilliant piece of engineering, Rolls-Royce is a beautiful luxury statement. You can customize the centre caps to chrome or opt for body coloured ones. Ingenious RR logos, the iconic grille and spirit of ecstasy mascot are signs of a Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has received some minor changes. Some of the important ones among them are standard 21-inch cast aluminium wheels, LED door handle illumination, shallow stainless steel grill, electric window switches that are moved towards a new position, new front and rear door capping with integrated grab handles, redesigned double reading lights in the rear and new front bumper design. Other usual features include a new RCA component input which provides auxiliary audio and visual connectivity to the 12-inch monitors mounted within the picnic tables.
One of the biggest highlights of the Rolls-Royce is the aluminium space. The wheelbase of the Phantom has been extended by an extra 250mm of rear legroom. The longer wheelbase together with the rigid body offers unparalleled ride comfort. The Tolls Rolls-Royce Phantom is endowed with twin liquid-cooled alternators and automatic charge management of the main battery and dedicated starter battery.