Rolls-Royce takes luxury to whole new level
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.