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For Phantom Series II, Rolls-Royce has improved the drive-train by
incorporating a new 8-speed auto ZF-gearbox for all variants. This is
electronically controlled to manage the extraordinary power delivered by the
V12 power plant. The longer ratio in the new rear differential compensates
shorter ratios in some gears of the new 8-speed gearbox, maintaining the same
engine speed to augment ‘waftability’, while improving fuel economy.
The result is powerful serenity. Effortless gear changes come as a consequence
of a better match of gear to engine speed, improving efficiency from power
generation to where it is needed at the wheels. Fuel economy improves by
10 percent on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions fall from 385 to
347g/km as a result.
At its heart, every Phantom family car hosts a hand-assembled, naturally
aspirated 6.75 litre V12 engine. This sophisticated direct-injection petrol
engine develops 531lb ft of torque (720Nm) more than three quarters of
which is available at 1,000 rpm. The torque curve remains largely flat between
1,000 and 3,000 rpm - an important prerequisite for effortless city driving -
and moves occupants from 0 to 60 in 5.7 seconds and onto an electronically
limited top speed of 149mph (155mph for Phantom Coupé) where market
conditions allow.
Phantom’s power reserve gauge is another of those trademark Rolls-Royce
design cues that always raises a smile. In operation, it casually reveals the
enormous power potential at a driver’s disposal should he or she require it.
But, in most circumstances, Phantom’s performance is simply a matter of
seamless, effortless progress.