State­lier and even more so ly spo­ken

Car (South Africa) - - INSIGHT -

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.

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