STILL THE UL­TI­MATE

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The New Phan­tom will be the first of a new gen­er­a­tion of Rolls-Royce cars to ben­e­fit from the cre­ation of the “Ar­chi­tec­ture of Lux­ury”, a new foun­da­tion on which the eighth-gen­er­a­tion Phan­tom will reaf­firm its po­si­tion as “The Best Car in the World” by tak­ing the best fun­da­men­tals and mak­ing them bet­ter. The first ma­jor ben­e­fit of the new ar­chi­tec­ture for the New Phan­tom are light­ness, in­creased stiff­ness, ef­fi­cient pro­duc­tion of stan­dard and ex­tended wheel­base bod­ies and un­com­pro­mised ex­te­rior sur­face de­sign. With the fo­cus on cre­at­ing the qui­etest mo­tor­car in the world, an en­tirely silent en­gine was also re­quired, and that meant more low-end out­put at lower revs to en­sure that si­lence. Hence, a com­pletely new, 6.75-litre V12 pow­er­train has been en­gi­neered for New Phan­tom, in place of the pre­vi­ous nat­u­rally as­pi­rated V12 en­gine. Although or­der books for the new Phan­tom are al­ready open, first de­liv­er­ies are only ex­pected in the first half of 2018. As for the price? Well, if you have to ask, and all that…

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