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Rolls-Royce unwraps the 2018 Phantom

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There is only one car that has has conveyed some of the world’s most influential and powerful men and women to the most defining historical moments over the last 92 years. That is the Rolls-Royce Phantom. That reputation continues as Rolls-Royce unveils its latest version of the eponymous model.

The 2018 Phantom carries over its distinctive façade with new headlights and LED halos outlining its shape. If opted in two tone, a border between the two colors now stretches the length of the car, starting from the silver grille, all the way to the tail. The rear features a swept-tail like design, with new LED tail lights.

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This eighth generation Phantom rides on an all-new aluminum structure dubbed “Architecture of Luxury”. It is a platform unique to Rolls-Royce, ensuring the luxury, comfort and performance is never compromised by sharing a platform with its sister brands. The same chassis will soon be used to underpin all upcoming Rolls-Royce vehicles including their SUV.

The Phantom has radically improved its noise vibration and harshness isolation with the inclusion of two-layer glazing around the glass and 130 kg of sound insulation. Rolls-Royce claims that the 2018 Phantom is 10-percent more quiet than the previous model.

Motivating the massive Phantom is the iconic 6.75-liter V12. It is aided by a pair of turbochargers to boost power output to 570 PS and 900 Nm of torque. This allows the Phantom VIII to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds.

Keeping it aloft over road imperfections are a double-wishbone suspension in front and a five-link rear end. It is further aided by a self leveling suspension system that automatically adjusts stiffness. They ride on 22-inch wheels fitted as standard.

Stepping aboard the New Phantom is an occasion in itself. As one would expect from a Rolls-Royce, the environment is crafted from the most precious and contemporary of materials. The popular Starlight Headliner is maintained, now bigger than before. High gloss, exquisitely tactile wood panelling can be commissioned for the door interiors, centre consoles, dashboard and picnic tables.

The rear of the front seats hide Picnic tables and Theatre Monitors, which are electrically deployed and retracted at the touch of a button.

The new fixed rear center console incorporating a drinks cabinet with whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and coolbox.

Some new features to enhance the exclusive feel include self-closing rear doors, called “The Embrace”, which can be operated from both inside and outside the cabin. There is also “The Gallery”, which is a customer option design that decorates the entire dashboard. It gives the owner a truly bespoke Phantom with design choices that are virtually limitless.

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