Rolls-Royce Phantom

 rolls-royce phantom

PHANTOM COUPE - II 2dr Auto



BEST PRICE

£347,256 

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The eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is quite an achievement. Jonathan Crouch takes a look...


Make
Derivative
Fuel
Total Price
PHANTOM COUPE
II 2dr Auto
PETROL
£347,256.00
PHANTOM SALOON
4dr Auto
PETROL
£360,000.00
PHANTOM DROPHEAD COUPE
II 2dr Auto
PETROL
£367,632.00
PHANTOM SALOON
4dr Auto EWB
PETROL
£432,000.00

Ten Second Review

The Rolls-Royce Phantom was the car that re-launched its brand in inimitable style and in this eighth generation form, it's still a super-luxury saloon that still commands the road like no other car on Earth. Massive in every respect and full of cutting-edge technology, it combines British craftsmanship with BMW engineering know-how.

Background

Engineer Charles Stewart Rolls and car dealer Henry Royce joined forces back in 1904 with the aim of producing the very best automobiles in the world. Film stars, statesmen and dignitaries the world over testify that they still do. These people care little that today, the company is no longer British-owned, nor do its products now hail from the traditional Pyms Lane factory in Crewe. Excellence is all that matters and since the turn of the century, this classic brand has begun afresh in a new quest to achieve it, the first design of its new era launched in 2003 - the seventh generation Phantom saloon. This replacement eighth generation model is still built here - at a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Goodwood - though with bodywork fabricated and engines provided by BMW. It still blends advanced technology with traditional hand-craftsmanship with extraordinary results. And it still represents the world's ultimate automotive status symbol. All this is not in question. But whether that makes it one of the world's great cars is a very different issue. And that's exactly what we're here to find out.

ABOUT THE CAR

Take a look at the standard options on this car and the technical specifications
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km)
347
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 5
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
92
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
84.6
CC
6749
Cylinders
12
Cylinder Layout
V12
Number of Valves
48
Camshaft
QUAD CAM
Fuel Delivery
DIRECT INJECTION
Catalytic Convertor
True
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Compression Ratio
11.0:1
Transmission
AUTO
Gears
8 SPEED
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
True
EC Urban (mpg)
12.4
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
27.7
EC Combined (mpg)
19.1
General
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
4
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
6
Coin Series
II
NCAP Pedestrian - Discontinued February 09
9
NCAP Front/Side Impact - Discontinued February 09
9
Safety Concerns?
False
Special Edition
False
Special Order
False
Badge Power
453
Badge Engine CC
6.7
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
Generation Mark
1
Performance
Engine Torque - MKG
73
Engine Power - BHP
453
Engine Power - PS
False
0 to 60 mph (secs)
True
0 to 62 mph (secs)
5.6
Top Speed
155
Engine Power - KW
338
Engine Power - RPM
5350
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
531
Engine Torque - NM
720
Engine Torque - RPM
3500
Tyres
Tyre Size Rear
285/45 R21
Tyre Size Spare
RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Type
21" ALLOY
Tyre Size Front
255/50 R21
Alloys?
True
Space Saver?
False
Vehicle Dimensions
Width (including mirrors)
2076
Height
1598
Length
5612
Width
1987
Wheelbase
3320
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight
2580
Gross Vehicle Weight
3050
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
100
Max. Loading Weight
470
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
395
No. of Seats
4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
13.1
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Driving Experience

What should a Rolls-Royce be like behind the wheel? Supremely silent and comfortable is the obvious answer, so that's where the brand's engineers have devoted most of their attention in creating this MK8 model. The car now includes over 130kgs of sound-deadening material - it's even found in the tyres. Power, as before, comes from a 6.75-litre V12 engine - though Rolls-Royce says that this one's all-new, featuring twin turbochargers and delivering the same power output - 563bhp - as the brand's smaller Ghost saloon. But I digress. What's really relevant of course is how this car feels to ride in. And you probably don't need me to tell you that it feels exquisite, the last word in comfort, refinement and luxury. You waft silently over even the most seriously potholed surfaces as though they weren't there. A whisper valve in the exhaust system means that at wafting speeds, the car is virtually silent. With air springs and aluminium multi-link suspension, ride comfort is also superb. You wouldn't expect anything less, would you? The extra body stiffness of the all-new platform should make quite a difference through the turns - that's if you've given your chauffeur the day off. Surprisingly, Rolls-Royce hasn't incorporated the BMW Group's latest autonomous driving tech: apparently, owners don't really want it. Most of them already have someone to take over the helm if necessary, after all.

Design and Build

Nobody could accuse this Rolls Royce of looking ordinary and, if you like to keep a low profile, then you'd be better off plumping for something more discreet like a Mercedes-Maybach. The main thing you need to know about this eighth generation Phantom is that it doesn't sit on some kind of shared platform originally designed for a much humbler luxury car. Rolls thinks that customers want - and deserve - something more bespoke, hence an all-new aluminium spaceframe that's between 30 and 100% stiffer than the previous model's platform - depending on where you look. The styling, as before, is deliberately overt, but this time round, the front 'parthenon' grille is more sleekly integrated into the bodywork and the side profile is a little more elegant. It still makes quite a statement though - as a Rolls Royce should. The inside certainly does. There's a choice of standard or extended wheelbase body shapes, but either way, the amount of room you get in the rear is vast. The two sculpted back chairs move, heat and cool you. Up front, you sit quite high up - about 15 to 20cms higher than you would in an ordinary executive saloon. And there's a slightly different view out frontwards this time round down the now-flatter bonnet to where the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot sits proudly at the end.
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