Rolls-Royce takes lux­ury to whole new level

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING - DAVE ABRA­HAMS

ROLLS Royce has taken lux­ury to a new level with its eighth-gen­er­a­tion Phan­tom, re­vealed last week at an in­vi­ta­tion-only black tie event in Lon­don.

As you set­tle into the new Phan­tom, an as­sis­tant or valet touches the sen­sor in the door han­dle and the door whis­pers closed of its own ac­cord - or you can make it hap­pen your­self at the press of a but­ton in­side the car.

The sweep of wood pan­elling across the back of the front seats was in­spired by the Eames Lounge Chair of 1956, a de­sign so per­fect it’s part of the New York Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art’s per­ma­nent dis­play. De­ployed from be­hind it, at the touch of a but­ton, are the rear pic­nic ta­bles and the­atre mon­i­tors.

Seat heat­ing is stan­dard, of course, but when you switch it on you’ll find that the heated ar­eas also in­clude the front door arm­rests, front cen­tre con­sole lid, lower C pil­lar, rear side arm­rests with all in­di­vid­ual seats, and rear cen­tre arm­rest.

If you choose the fixed rear cen­tre con­sole, in­side it you’ll find a drinks cab­i­net with whisky glasses and de­canter, champagne flutes and cool­box. There is no plas­tic in­side the new Phan­tom; every switch and con­trol is made of metal, glass or wrapped in leather.

The one-piece, al­most per­fectly straight dash­board runs un­bro­ken across the the front of the cabin from door to door, much as it did on the first Phan­tom of 1925, but in­stead of a hand-fin­ished solid wal­nut plank, split so that the two Con­tin­ued on Page 3

New Phan­tom, the brand’s flag­ship car, is the most tec­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced Rolls-Royce yet.

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