Rolls-Royce formally launched the eighth-generation Phantom after a small leak final month in a Chinese language journal. It seems … about the identical. It is perhaps a bit of extra aggressive, imposing, Darth Vader-like, however nobody will confuse it for something however a Phantom.
The final time period Rolls throws round is “Structure of Luxurious,” which is mainly the brand new aluminum spaceframe platform that this Curler, along with all future Rollers, will roll on. The corporate says it’s specializing in small-batch producers for components.
“Our strategy has been to forge long-term relationships with smaller suppliers run by households that can deal with us, giving us rather more consideration and due to this fact outcomes that reside inside a high quality expectation far past some other automotive concern,” says Philip Koehn, director of engineering. “For a model to function in such a fashion inside a bigger automotive group is unprecedented and really revolutionary.”
The brand new platform is 30 p.c extra inflexible than the outgoing instance, says Rolls, and has been designed to work with “completely different propulsion, traction and management techniques, thus underpinning the long-term future product roadmap.”
It seems like we received’t simply see an SUV sooner or later however an electrical luxurious car, too.
Gallery: Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII inside
A double-wishbone entrance suspension and five-link rear will preserve the whole lot managed whereas four-wheel steering makes the Phantom extra agile, says Rolls. Its “Magic Carpet Experience” system retains the experience easy by monitoring pace, steering inputs and the entrance digital camera, making changes to the self-leveling air suspension.
Two-layer window glazing across the automotive retains the cabin quiet, plus greater than 280 kilos of sound insulation. It additionally will get a double-skin alloy throughout the flooring and bulkhead crammed with dense foam to maintain much more noise out. Moreover, the tires characteristic a foam layer inside to “wipe out tire cavity noise,” which is humorous, nevertheless it does cut back tire noise by 9 decibels, which isn’t a small quantity. The quieter McLaren tires on the 570GT solely cut back noise by 1 decibel. Total, Rolls says, the brand new Phantom VIII is 10 p.c quieter than the outgoing mannequin.
A brand new V12 — similar 6.75-liter displacement — makes 663 lb-ft of torque at simply 1,700 rpm together with 563 hp. A ZF eight-speed computerized makes the adjustments and makes use of a “Satellite tv for pc Aided Transmission” module that reads the highway forward to organize the automotive for any elevation adjustments.
The Phantom ups the ante on the tech entrance as effectively with Alertness Assistant, a four-camera system with panoramic view, all-around visibility together with helicopter view, evening imaginative and prescient and imaginative and prescient help, energetic cruise management, collision warning, pedestrian warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure and lane change warning, a head-up show, Wi-Fi hotspot, and navigation and leisure techniques.
We received’t get into what Rolls says in regards to the new exterior design — we dealt with that within the leaked image submit; suffice it to say, it’s fairly and opulent.
“When in want of an area to mirror on problems with significance or just misplaced in thought, one’s creativeness is impressed by the most important Starlight Headliner ever seen in a Rolls-Royce. Excessive gloss, exquisitely tactile wooden paneling that may be commissioned for the door interiors, middle consoles, dashboard and picnic tables, encircles the passenger in solely essentially the most stunning and genuine supplies.”
There you go.
Within the again seat, infotainment screens and the rear work/picnic tables are hidden within the entrance seats whereas a brand new rear middle console hides whisky glasses and a decanter, champagne flutes and a coolbox.
We’ve emailed for pricing. Till the corporate will get again to us, determine a bit greater than the present Phantom’s sticker of $417,000.