2023 Rolls-Royce Phantom redefines opulence
For the most part, luxury in the car world usually hits a ceiling when it reaches the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The stately sedan is the epitome of automotive luxury and now it is getting an update. For the 2023 model year, the Phantom gets small updates in design, and fabric seats at the rear.
The massive front grill of the Phantom is now illuminated, just like that of the new Ghost. The chrome grill surround comes with a blackened option while a new polished chrome bar sits at its top, visually connecting it with the LED DRLs on either side. The headlamps are now even more lustrous, with laser-cut bezel starlights in them.
The most notable design trait is the disc-type alloy wheels. Yes, we have seen them on the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class but on the slab-like body of a Rolls, it flaunts all its vintage charm. But this being a Rolls-Royce, that is not the only wheel option. Other wheel choices are also revised for the new model year.
Inside the 2023 Rolls-Royce Phantom, sits something peculiar that makes so much sense. Fabric seats. Yes, the same upholstery material that we scoff at is used to adorn the rear seats of the Phantom. In typical Rolls-Royce fashion, it is no run-of-the-mill fabric. It combines a special fabric made in an Italian mill with another fabric made out of bamboo fibres. The front seats are still draped in leather though. Up front, the steering wheel is slightly thicker than before.
The engine is still the big 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12, being the only V12 available now from the BMW family.