Rolls-Royce announces Phantom Series II

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The Rolls-Royce Phantom was introduced back in January 2003 and represented more of the same from the British marque. The Phantom had it all: imposing size, grandiose styling, abundant power, opulent luxury and perhaps most important, near silent operation. Now, Rolls-Royce has revealed the Phantom Series II, a revised version of the original that debuted recently at this month's Geneva Motor Show.

"Today I am delighted to present Phantom Series II, a family of models that feature significant improvements in design, drive-train and technology," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "As a consequence of these changes, we will continue to present with pride the best motor cars in the world, which re-confirm Rolls-Royce's position at the very pinnacle of the ultra-luxury goods marketplace."

The Phantom Series II's improvements are available across the entire Phantom range, which includes the Phantom Saloon, Phantom Coupe and Phantom Drophead Coupe. At the front end, the Series II bears restyled bumpers and rectangular light apertures as well as standard LED headlights. Those headlights also focus their beams in-line with the vehicle's direction of travel, helping to illuminate the path ahead when driving around corners.

New driver amenities include a satellite navigation system with 3D maps and landscape topography, enhanced points of interest, composite route planning and even guided tours. The new Phantom now displays its media on a larger 8.8-inch centre display with eight programmable presets. In order to improve the driver's New driver amenities include a satellite navigation system with 3D maps, and a larger 8.8-inch centre display. (Photo: Rolls-Royce) sight lines, the Phantom Series II comes equipped with front, rear and top-view camera systems with the viewpoints being displayed on the centre display screen.

Changes to the Phantom's massive 6.75-litre V12 engine are slight: It is still expected to produce an ample 453 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, but it comes mated to a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and new rear differential, and boasts a 10 percent improvement in fuel economy. This in turn has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions from 388 to 347 g/km.

To many automotive enthusiasts, affluent and otherwise, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is the definitive luxury vehicle. The incremental improvements of the Series II help to support this notion, if not solidify it.
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Topics: Convertible, Coupe, Luxury Sedan, Rolls-Royce, 2012, Phantom Series II,

Organizations: Rolls-Royce

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