The Rolls-Royce Phantom has always been the benchmark of what an uber-luxury vehicle should be. Now, with the eighth generation model, the British company has elevated that standard significantly.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has undergone a generation switch, and the latest model is called the Phantom VIII – which is based on an all-new bespoke platform. The BMW owned luxury car-maker claims the new Phantom to have the most silent interior of anything on wheels.
To ensure that the passengers of in the new Phantom are isolated from the chores of the outside world, Rolls Royce has equipped the car with 6mm two-layer glazing all around it, alongside more than 130kg of sound insulation, large aluminium joints, and use of high absorption materials. Rolls’ engineers have also added a double skin alloy on areas within the floor and bulkhead of the spaceframe, and the skin itself houses foam and felt layers in between.
The business of insulation doesn’t end here – high absorption layers within the headliner in the doors and in the boot cavity further aid insulation and reduce reverberation. Rolls-Royce also worked closely with its tyre supplier to invent ‘Silent-Seal’ tyres – which feature a specific foam layer placed inside the tyre to wipe out tyre cavity noise and reduce overall tyre noise by 9db, meaning that conversation within the car is completely effortless.
The interior of the new car is unmistakably a Rolls in its aesthetic appeal. It’s made to create a detoxifying environment whilst cocooning the occupant in the finest of materials. Both the front and the rear doors can now be effortlessly closed from the inside.
As one would expect from a Rolls-Royce, the environment is crafted from the most precious and contemporary of materials. High gloss, exquisitely tactile wood panelling that can be commissioned for the door interiors, centre consoles, dashboard and picnic tables, encircles the passenger in only the most beautiful and authentic materials.
The lines at the front of the interior lean forward suggesting a progressive nature, while in contrast the rear doors lean back, relaxing the character of the rear environment. When designing the armrests, the J-Class yacht was heavily referenced as a design inspiration by the British company.
While this should do enough to gratify the Phantom’s potential buyer – however, if you seem to belong to the rare breed of people who drive their phantom themselves, or perhaps you’d like your chauffeur to have some fun behind the wheel – then Rolls has you covered. The one behind the wheel will operate a 6.75-litre V12 turbo-petrol motor – churning out 663bhp of power and 900Nm of torque. All this muscle is fed to the rear wheels via a ZF sourced 8-speed auto box.
Rolls-Royce has also connected the transmission to the car’s GPS to optimize shift points based on the type of environment you are headed to. Standard driver aids like night vision, active cruise control, a four-camera 360-degree parking assistant and long-range sensors are available too.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is expect to cost about £400,000 (Rs. 3.35 crore) when it goes on sale in the UK. Expect the pricing in India to be stratospheric – thanks to all the duties that the CBU Phantom will attract.