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For such an imposing car, Phantom surprised drivers with its agility and
precision in motion while its ride was described by the company at the time
as ‘designed to lower the pulse’. The magnificently sublime ride, famed
through model generations, had returned and waftability re-affirmed itself in
the company lexicon.
At the car’s core lay a ground-breaking, lightweight aluminium space-frame
with power supplied by a sophisticated, direct-injection V12 engine, married
to a six-speed auto gearbox. And complementing this excellence in engineering
was Phantom’s beautiful interior, presenting hand-stitched sumptuous
leathers, fine veneers and exquisite detailing, a combination that marked the
car as something uniquely special.
New Phantom variants were added, starting with Phantom Extended
Wheelbase in 2005. In 2007, PhantomDrophead Coupé revealed the ultimate
in luxurious open-top motoring, while Phantom Coupé, Rolls-Royce’s
sophisticated grand tourer, joined the family in 2008. All were warmly received.
A new world – Phantom Series II in summary
Today, Rolls-Royce presents Phantom Series II, a family of pinnacle cars that
have been thoughtfully updated with the introduction of cutting-edge
technology, enhancements to an already peerless drive-train and improvements
in connectivity that reflect the changing world in which we live.
Phantom’s striking and modern front end best encapsulates the essence of
changes that lie beneath, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures
that frame full-LED light clusters. These allow the integration of new
technologies like curve light functionality, where headlamp beams are reflected
in the direction of travel to provide greater illumination of the road ahead when
cornering. And adaptive headlamps, where light patterns change automatically
and - of course - effortlessly in response to different driving speeds.
Phantom’s already sublime drive-train has also been enhanced. The addition
of a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential perfectly complement
the V12 direct injection engine, improving exemplary dynamics, as well as the
famous Rolls-Royce promise of a magic carpet ride. Fuel consumption
improves by 10 percent on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions fall from
385 to 347g/km as a consequence (388 to 349 for Phantom Extended
Wheelbase).
Effortless is a word that perhaps best epitomises the Phantom experience, both
for drivers and their passengers. So an improved user interface, as well as the
addition of new driver assistance technologies, have been built on the
foundation of a new electronics’ platform for Phantom Series II. The satellite
navigation system, for example, has been fully updated with functions that
include 3D map display with landscape topography, guided tours, as well as
enhanced points of interest and composite route planning.
Audio visual content, satellite navigation maps and driver information is
presented on Phantom’s new 8.8 inch control centre display, underlined by
eight programmable bookmarks in chrome for optimum convenience in
selecting key functions. Front, rear and top-view camera systems, further
augment Phantom’s ease of use particularly when driving in tight urban
environments. When reverse parking for example, rear path prediction
automatically deploys on-screen.
These significant changes add further substance to a reputation Phantom has
proudly built since launch of the signature Rolls-Royce back in 2003. It is a
new world. But it’s a world in which the Rolls-Royce Phantom family will
occupy a pinnacle position for many years to come.
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