Rolls-Royce continues its journey of luxury and sophistication with the newest expression of the Phantom Series II.
Love them or hate them, you have to admit that Rolls-Royce makes some pretty spectacular automobiles. From the aggressive Wraith to the elegance of the Ghost and the flexibility of the Cullinan, Rolls-Royces are breathtaking symphonies of old-world styling and craftsmanship. Continuing this luxurious journey is the marque’s newest expression of its iconic Phantom Series II.
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In creating the new rendition, Rolls-Royce talked to clients past and present and the consensus was to update without changing – no easy task. Indeed, it was revealed that it was not about what should be changed, but in fact, what should be preserved and protected.
The most obvious and important feature retained in the new release is Phantom’s commanding presence. This has been further enhanced by a new polished horizontal line between the daytime running lights above the Pantheon Grille that gives Phantom a new and assertive modernity, reflecting its driver-focused character.
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A subtle geometric change to the Pantheon Grille makes the ‘RR’ Badge of Honour and Spirit of Ecstasy mascot more prominent when viewed from the front. The grille itself is now illuminated, a feature debuted and popularised in Ghost. The headlights are graced with intricate laser-cut bezel starlights, creating a visual connection with the Starlight Headliner inside, and adding further surprise and delight to Phantom’s night-time presence.
Phantom’s side profile retains Rolls-Royce’s signature short front and long rear overhang, long wheelbase and broad c-pillar, the latter giving greater privacy for occupants. The silhouette preserves the elegant key lines running from the Spirit of Ecstasy to the tapering rear tail. The ‘split-belt’ line begins at the front fender and curves gently towards the rear door, emphasising the car’s long dash-to-axle proportions, before falling gently towards the lantern-like rear lamps.
The side profile is further enhanced with a suite of new wheels. A 3D, milled, stainless steel wheel with triangular facets is available to commission in a fully or part-polished finish. Alternatively, the Phantom may be graced with a truly elegant disc wheel, recalling the romance of 1920’s Rolls-Royce motor cars. This disc wheel is produced in both polished stainless steel and black lacquer, perfectly encapsulating the sense of flight on land.
The Phantom’s sumptuous interior remains almost unaltered save for the steering wheel, which has been made slightly thicker, providing a more connected and immediate point of contact for the owner-driver. However, the new release does see the arrival of ‘Rolls-Royce Connected’, which enables the owner to send an address directly to the motor car from Whispers, the Rolls-Royce private member’s application, providing seamless navigation to an event, restaurant, or dealership. The system also displays the motor car’s location, security status and current ‘health’ condition.
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