Statelier and even more so ly spoken
The all-new, eighth-generation Rolls-royce Phantom has officially been unveiled, some 13 years after the outgoing model debuted. Underpinned by a scalable, new aluminium platform that’s set to form the foundation of the Project Cullinan SUV and next generations of the Ghost, Wraith and Dawn, the Phantom features new doublewishbone front suspension and a five-link rear setup, as well as four-wheel steering.
Bucking the ever-growing car trend, the standard-wheelbase Phantom is 80 mm shorter than its predecessor at 5 762 mm. It is, however, 29 mm wider and 8 mm taller than before. Power is provided by a 6,75-litre twin-turbo V12, with 420 kw and 900 N.m. The Phantom is good for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 5,3 seconds.
Rolls-royce has also gone to great lengths to render the new Phantom its quietest car to date, courtesy of 6 mm two-layer glazing all-round and more than 130 kg of sound insulation.