2018 Rolls Royce Phantom reborn with modern features
Rolls-Royce has updated their flagship Phantom with more luxury packed into it than ever before. The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom’s brochure was leaked a few weeks ago which gave us a hint of what it was going to look like, prior to its reveal.
The 2018 Phantom features an updated front fascia that conforms to the elegant Rolls-Royce design language but is distinct enough to be treated as a new model. The headlights are now shaped roughly like the ones on the Rolls-Royce Wraith and Dawn. The signature portrait grille is placed higher. The rump of the car is designed to slowly swoop into the centre. 22-inch alloy wheels are standard on the Phantom.
Inside, a single piece of glass lines the whole width of the dashboard and it is called “The Gallery”. A 12.3-inch infotainment screen is placed right in the middle of the dashboard. The dashboard and the “Gallery” can be tailored exactly to the liking of the customers with the available materials ranging from wood veneers, elegant fabrics, or even silk. Bespoke oil paintings, 3-D printed map of the owner’s DNA or a handmade display of roses in Nymphenberg porcelain; the options are virtually endless. Rolls-Royce also claims that the 2018 Phantom is the most silent motor car in the world. The addition of 6mm thick double layers of glazing and the 130 kilos worth of sound deadening materials have succeeded in making the 2018 Phantom 10% quieter at 100 kph than its predecessor.
The new Phantom uses an all-aluminium structure for its underpinnings. This chassis will be used for other models in the Rolls-Royce line up as well. Despite the liberal usage of aluminium, the Phantom still weighs more than 2,700 kg in the extended wheelbase version.
The Phantom is moved around by the same iconic 6.5-litre V12 engine, with two turbochargers strapped on to it to produce 563 hp and 900 Nm. This enables the 2018 Phantom to power from 0-100 kph in 5.3 seconds (5.4 for the long-wheelbase version).
Expect to see some in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries by the end of the year.