About the Rolls-Royce Phantom
Luxury is all about comfort, automated machines that make one's life way easier, exclusive products, and expensive things a few can own. And one of this is the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Phantom is the epitome of all luxury cars. It has set the highest standards on luxury cars; a large sedan for the best comfort, a powerful V12 engine for smooth cruising, a soundproof cabin to isolate yourself from the noisy outside world, and soft leather seats and plush wool carpet for a fully relaxing ride. Those are some key points that define how luxurious Rolls-Royce cars are.
The Phantom was first introduced in 1925 as the successor to the outgoing Silver Ghost. It has been classified as a luxury car ever since. The Phantom was Rolls-Royce' full-size luxury car up until 1990 and was briefly replaced by the Silver Spirit and the Silver Seraph, with some model years overlapping from one another. In 2003, the new Phantom VII was introduced. This model redefined the meaning of full-size luxury sedan. Measuring 5.8 meters long (6.1 meters long for the extended wheelbase), 1.9 meters wide and 1.6 meters high, no other full-size luxury sedan comes close to the Phantom's huge size.
The new generation Phantom (denoted as Phantom VIII) was unveiled in 2017. The new Phantom is slightly shorter than the previous generation, but overall it is still huge. The Phantom VIII is equipped with a 6.75-liter V12 engine producing 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. The engine may sound powerful given the numbers, but it is to propel a 2,610 kg car, and power isn't the main priority of Rolls-Royce, but comfort.
Outside, the Rolls-Royce looks similar to the previous model, but a more straightforward looking headlamp replaced the previous' separate rectangular and round headlamps. The large grille is still one of the most distinctive features as well as the Spirit of Ecstacy. The long bonnet features a muscular edge, and it is where the bespoke coachline starts (with the previous model, the coachline starts at the side of the front fender). The shoulder line flows straight smoothly to the rear of the car, separating the greenhouse to the lower body magnificently. It also defines the strong character of the Phantom very well. The wheels, as per Rolls-Royce' signature design cues, are sized 21-22 inches in diameter. The paint is meticulously done and polished, and it has one of the most reflective finishes in the market. The owner can choose the body color from 44,000 paint options, and if none of it is to his liking, he can have his paint commissioned by the paint team of Rolls Royce. The wheels also feature a weighted center cap, keeping the Rolls-Royce logo upright as the wheels rotate. The rear-hinged coach doors (rear doors) features umbrella with designated compartments.
Moving inside the elegant Phantom, is opulent leather, aluminum trims, wood veneers, and the ever lavish lambswool carpets. The leather is extensively used inside. The seats, door panels, dashboard, center console, rear deck, and steering wheel are upholstered in leather, even the headlining is upholstered in leather. Should you wish more leather, the boot compartment is also upholstered in leather. Wood veneers are apparent as well, from the dashboard to the door panel trims. These wood veneers are real wood and gives accent to the leather-clad interior. Aluminum accents are also found around inside the cabin. No plastic materials can be found inside the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Or any Rolls-Royce cars.
Due to its large size, the doors can be difficult to close, especially when fully opened. To solve this, Rolls-Royce integrated a button located at the c-pillar to automatically close the rear doors without the need to reach for it. Same goes with the front doors. Just push a button and the doors would close smoothly.
There are a lot of luxurious features inside the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and for sure, this car is the true definition of luxury.