The Rolls Royce Phantom is the obvious car of choice if you have unlimited money and want to be driven around in unparalleled comfort. As the largest, most luxurious and most comfortable sedan in the world, the Phantom has (on and off) been the flagship line for the Rolls Royce since 1925. It has been the car of choice for movie stars, film stars and even heads of state and now, there is a new one – the brand new Rolls Royce Phantom 8! And no, this is not a BMW 7 Series with a fancy body on it like the slighter Rolls Royce Ghost, but features a brand new bespoke platform with similarly bespoke exterior and interior styling. Before we tell you all about the uber comfortable interior, lets quick gloss over the twin-turbo-charged engine that rests under the bonnet. The engine, a 6.75-litre, or as Rolls-Royce calls it, Six and Three Quarter Litre, makes 563 bhp of peak power and 900 Nm of peak torque and is mated to an 8-speed gearbox. The Phantom is still back wheel drive and although it does pack an exciting amount of power, it is still more suitable towards sedated driving.
In terms of exterior design, Rolls Royce has taken an evolutionary approach as expected with the new Phantom. The striking stance and flat surfaces with the overall look still continues to be very similar as the older Phantom but with subtle and noticeable changes. The front end though is the biggest difference with the largest ever 24-slat grille fitted to a production Rolls Royce. The front valence with the built in bumper and air intake is more aggressive than before and the split headlights have been substituted by a sleeker single piece unit that features daytime running lamps and LED illumination. The tail is pretty similar to the last 7th generation Phantom with the large tail lamps, the swooping boot while the signature two tone theme has been carried over too. On the inside, the main issue with the last gen Phantom has lastly been addressed – and excitingly – technology in terms of the latest infotainment. The new Phantom features a completely digital gauge cluster that has multiple customization options and is complimented well with the huge centrally mounted screen. The infotainment unit uses BMW’s basic user interface but has been customized for the Phantom specifically.
The dashboard and trim is of course wooden and customizable to the nth degree and you can also opt for a glass casing on the dashboard panel. Of course, the signature starlit roof liner is also a standard feature on the Phantom and one we would extremely recommend. The new Phantom comes with a wide variety of rear seats. From the standard lounge seats to separate seats with occasional armrest, specific seats with fixed centre console and the freshly presented sleeping seat, there is something for everyone. The Phantom also gets a new fixed rear centre console that incorporates a drinks cabinet with whisky glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and a cool box. You also get wood paneling on the back of the front seats with theatre monitors and picnic tables that are electrically deployed and a the ‘I am too rich to shut my own door’ button that electronically shuts your door for you! While there are cars that cost as much that are more dramatic and faster, a Rolls Royce Phantom is the final form of automotive transportation to announce your arrival. The Phantom 8 will be available in India soon with a price tag that will make most houses in South Mumbai look affordable and will be available both in standard and extended wheelbase versions.