This Is The New Twin-Turbocharged V12 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

An all-new aluminium spaceframe and an all-new twin-turbocharged, 6.75-litre V12 unit. And oodles of luxury. This is the eighth-generation Phantom
This Is The New Twin-Turbocharged V12 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

At one minute past midnight on the first of January 2003, Rolls-Royce parent company BMW ushered in the seventh-generation of its iconic, range-topping luxury car. Today, the company is announcing its eighth-generation Phantom, complete with an all-new aluminium spaceframe dubbed ‘the architecture of luxury’, and more changes both under the hood and inside its hefty doors.

This Is The New Twin-Turbocharged V12 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

Let’s start with changes to the powerplant; gone is the naturally-aspirated 6.75-litre unit and in its place is a twin-turbocharged V12 with the same displacement, mated to an 8-speed ZF gearbox. It churns out 563bhp and a frankly more important 663 lb-ft of torque from a lowly 1,700rpm. This helps the car propel itself to 60mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155mph.

And all this, as usual, is achieved without fuss. Rolls-Royce’s engineers spent a lot of time soundproofing the car so that the regal occupants in the rear wouldn’t have to hear any untoward engine barking. So there is more than 130kg of sound-deadening material in the headliner, doors and boot cavity, as well as cavity sound insulation in the tyres.

The result? This Phantom VIII is 60dB quieter than the previous generation at 62mph.

This Is The New Twin-Turbocharged V12 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

Then of course, we get to the interior. This is where Rolls-Royce expect an average car to be fitted with $150,000 worth of options on top of the $440,000 list price.

Every one of our customers – connoisseurs of luxury in the extreme – was asking me for something more individual to them, not less,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös says in an interview with TopGear magazine. “I was adamant that’s what they should have.

Case in point: Rolls-Royce has installed a gallery in the dashboard, perfect for those buyers wanting to take their priceless collections with them on the road, hidden inside a glass casing. Then of course there are the seats, either ‘Lounge’ or ‘Individual’, with console variations and drink holders in any denomination you’d like. There are heated front-door armrests for those wicked winter months, as well as lighting options that you’d more commonly find in an art gallery.

This Is The New Twin-Turbocharged V12 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

Given this is only the second iteration of the Phantom under BMW’s watch, the parent company has also gone full steam with tech advancements to make this the most high-tech Rolls-Royce in history.

The new Phantom uses self-levelling air suspension and a clever camera system which monitors the road ahead and alters the softness of the ride to provide the perfect smooth journey for its occupants. There’s also four-wheel steering to increase stability at higher speeds and manoeuvrability at low speeds.

There’s no word yet on when the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII will be made available to order, but a new bar has undoubtedly been set in the luxury car space.



It looks a lot like the previous generation, but who cares when you have so much luxury

07/28/2017 - 11:13 |
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Ben Conover

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

True. The only exterior differences seem to be the headlights, wheels, and grille.

07/29/2017 - 06:39 |
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There wont be one. Other medias state that the Phantom will only be a saloon, and that Dawn and Wraith will be convertible and coupe.

07/31/2017 - 10:33 |
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Ali Mahfooz

Adnan has written an article after a very long time! Great to know you’re still around!💪😃👌

07/28/2017 - 11:17 |
176 | 4

I’m filling in for Matt Robinson and Matt Kimberley today, so everyone please behave in the comments section.

Haha kidding, great to be back!

07/28/2017 - 12:39 |
104 | 0

Is that snakeskin in the dash?!

07/28/2017 - 11:23 |
8 | 0

If you have money it could be

07/28/2017 - 15:06 |
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Darth Imperius/Anthony🇭🇷

Oh it’s the owner

07/28/2017 - 11:41 |
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07/28/2017 - 11:41 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

That’s no car, that’s a space station XD

07/28/2017 - 11:51 |
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German Perfectionist

Nooo he beat me by half an hour… I thought I was the first one to write a long article about the new Phantom 😉
But hey, at least he has written an article again ^^

07/28/2017 - 11:52 |
8 | 0

Exterior: “O M G”
Interior: “what has changed?”

07/28/2017 - 12:22 |
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nEw ArT gAlLeRy

07/28/2017 - 15:07 |
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ramses rizal

What i’m amazed is they have all the money and resources to make an all electric motor but they didn’t because it will taken the soul of the car. The raw engine sounds is the car souls.

07/28/2017 - 12:33 |
0 | 14

Could this be a rebirth of the Bentley Turbo R? I know, different brand, but the Bentleys of that era were related to RR

07/28/2017 - 13:31 |
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