Rolls-Royce have revealed the all-new 2018 Phantom which is being dubbed as the most technologically advanced Roller ever.
First introduced in 1925, the Phantom is now in its eighth generation and has been given a thorough once-over.
First is the all-new aluminium spaceframe structure making it 30% more rigid than the outgoing model. Along with the space frame, there’s new air suspension and ‘state-of-the-art’ chassis control systems.
There’s a double-wishbone front axle and 5-link rear axle, self-levelling air suspension and four-wheel steering helping towards Rolls-Royce’s ‘Magic Carpet Ride’.
The new Phantom will come with a 6.75-litre V12 engine that’s been created especially. The engine has two turbochargers that produce 900Nm at a very low 1,700rpm.
Overall the engine produces 563bhp and comes with a ZF 8-Speed gearbox.
The in-car tech for the new Phantom is the largest ever created by BMW Group.
Assistance systems include alertness assistant, a 4-camera system with panoramic view, ‘helicopter’ view, night vision, vision assist, collision warning, pedestrian warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure, lane change warning, active cruise control, 7×3 high-resolution head-up display and WiFi hotspot.
The interior of the new Phantom is called ‘The Gallery’ due to an uninterrupted enclosure of toughened glass that covers the full width of the dash.
In the centre of the dashboard sits a 12.3 inch TFT colour displays with LED backlighting. Behind the glass of ‘The Gallery’ is the analogue clock.
Rolls-Royce have even dedicated a space on the passenger side of the dashboard to display art.
“In the 18th century, miniatures were highly fashionable and valuable items of art that allowed their owners to carry images of their loved one with them wherever they travelled. I really loved that idea of taking your art with you, when travelling, and so I acted on it. Now, our clients will be able to do the same,”
said Giles Taylor, Director of Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Rolls-Royce have already contacted artist to create bespoke pieces such as a gold-plated 3D-printed map of an owner’s DNA created by Thorsten Franck. What?!
It just takes a light touch on the door handle sensor to open the door and it quietly closes on its own accord.
The rear seats now come with a choice including a lounge seat, individual seats with armrest, individual seats with fixed centre console and a sleeping seat.
Sit in the back and you can look up to the largest Starlight Headliner used in a Rolls-Royce.
There’s no official word on when the new Phantom will be released in 2018 or on how much the ‘best car in the world’ will cost.