Spot the difference: All-new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom revealed

Posted on Jul 28, 2017 by

After 14 years on the market, Goodwood replaces the current Phantom with an all-new tech-laden flagship

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Eighth-generation Phantom’s new aluminium architecture is 30 percent stiffer than before

Rolls-Royce has revealed its eight-generation Phantom flagship replacing the current model that’s been around ever since German company BMW took over the British ultra-luxury marque in 2003.

Although you can’t tell at first glance the 2018 Phantom is an all-new model premiering Rolls-Royce’s latest aluminium platform. As expected the engine remains a 6.75-litre V12 twin-turbo, although the figures are substantially up on the current 453 horsepower Phantom. The eighth-generation model ups the ante with 563bhp and 900Nm of torque from 1,700rpm.

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Rolls-Royce calls the dash ‘The Gallery – it’s basically a 72-inch wide and 6-inch tall shelf behind glass. In short, a display case for a unique piece of art commissioned just for your car…

Besides increasing rigidity by 30 percent compared to the outgoing car, the new aluminium architecture is developed by Goodwood to form the basis for all the upcoming Rolls-Royces including the all-terrain Cullinan, and next Dawn and Wraith models.

The platform also ushers in a new era of unique Rolls-Royces since the company says the architecture lends itself handily to one-off commissions, being able to accommodate custom coachbuilt bodies on top of the car’s mechanicals.

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The all-new Phantom will share its DNA with Rolls-Royce’s upcoming Cullinan SUV

The carmaker says it’s engineered to be scaleable and suit the requirements of any upcoming Rolls regardless of propulsion (including drivetrain electric compatiblilty) and rear- or all-wheel drive.

Most of the special stuff is on the inside though. Rolls-Royce claims the Phantom is the most silent car ever developed, with 6mm thick double-layer glazing around the vehicle and a total of 130kg of sound insulation. Around particularly noisy areas such as the wheel wells, engineers employed double-skin luminous panels sandwiching dense foam, and reduced tyre noise by nine decibels with newly-developed foam-layered tyres. All in all the new Phantom is 10 percent quieter than the outgoing seventh-generation.

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Cameras read the road ahead and the car adjusts its suspension accordingly to ensure the smoothest ride with millions of calculations a second

In order to further improve comfort levels Rolls-Royce stepped it up with its ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ adding a camera system to read the road ahead and adjust the suspension on the fly at speeds of up to 100km/h. Other assistance systems include night vision, active cruise control, pedestrian and cross-traffic warning, and collision and lane departure warnings.

At the heart of the redesigned dash is what Rolls-Royce calls ‘The Gallery’, which besides housing a new 12.3-inch colour display, also acts as, well, a gallery. Rolls-Royce will offer customers the Bespoke (that’s the factory personalisation department) option of commissioning your favourite artist to create a one-off work of art to span the width of the dash. Sorry, we mean the gallery… Sounds expensive.

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