Rolls Royce Launches Gen 8 Phantom

We sent Alan Zurvas along to preview his next car…

Rolls Royce Phantom Launch

The BMW Group has launched the new Phantom at Sydney’s Darling Hotel.

The all-new Rolls-Royce Phantom is the flagship to succeed the Gen 7 launched in 2004. Gen 8 continues the all aluminium space-frame construction, which is now 30% more rigid.

130kg of insulation make the cabin so quiet, technicians needed to recalibrate instruments to measure it.

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Stereo “Flagbearer” cameras look through the windscreen to adjust the suspension preemptively. The air suspension has 60% more air to make the magic carpet ride even more majestic.

Rolls Royce Phantom Launch Laser headlights have a 600m range, and the brand new V12 has not one, but two turbos. It propels the 2560kg Phantom saloon to 100kph in a mere 5.3 seconds.

Rolls-Royce continues to describe performance as “adequate”.

With 420kw and 900Nm at just 1,700rpm, the V12 lives up to the claims of “effortless power” made by Rolls-Royce.

Top speed is limited to 250kph.

Fuel consumption on the highway is just 9.7L/100km, and 21.7 around town.

If the exterior evokes a sensation of majesty, the cabin is a place where no-expense-spared luxury is obvious from the opening of the doors.

Rolls Royce Phantom Launch

Carriage doors hinge from the rear at the back, with the front doors opening as normal. This creates a zone where occupants can unruffle themselves after a long journey without paparazzi snapping hints of ankle.

Rear doors have a concealed Teflon-coated brolly which is air-dried when returned to its compartment after use.

Rear seating has many configurations, with lounge, or individual, available. Even the standard wheelbase model has electrically adjustable footrests built in to the floor.

Doors can be closed from buttons on the rear pillar.

Picnic tables deploy at the touch of another button. Rear seats adjust in several directions too, electrically of course.

Rolls Royce Phantom Launch

All materials are of the finest quality. The leather is superb, and like the paint outside, leather can be specified in any colour the buyer desires.

The customer can further specify their bespoke car by working closely with Rolls-Royce. Veneers, leather, and metal finishes can be tailored precisely, for a price.

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The dash board features a glass panel across its full width.

A buyer can further tailor with bespoke artworks to sit behind the glass making many Rolls-Royce cars a one-offs.

The roof interior sees Rolls-Royce’s famous “star field” lighting making a welcome continuance.

Tiny points of light are created by a series of optic fibres installed behind the lining.

The use of vast amounts of technology and convenience do not interfere with the indulgent pampering offered by meticulous attention to detail.

The standard wheelbase Phantom is priced from a cool $950,000.

Rolls Royce Phantom Launch

A long wheelbase version is also available. It is 5982mm compared to 5762mm of the standard car, and covers 0-100 in 5.4 seconds.

This goes for a modest $1,100,000.

Delivery is expected from the 3rd quarter of 2018.

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