Geneva 2012: Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II

Geneva 2012: Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II image

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The ultimate in luxury


The Geneva Motor Show has opened it's doors, and Rolls Royce is there to reveal to the public the upgraded Phantom Series. All Phantom models -the Saloon, Drophead Coupe and Coupe- have been updated with design enhancements and improvements for the car’s drivetrain, ease-of-use and connectivity.

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“Today I am delighted to present Phantom Series II, a family of models that feature significant improvements in design, drive-train and technology,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “As a consequence of these changes, we will continue to present with pride the best motor cars in the world, which re-confirm Rolls-Royce’s position at the very pinnacle of the ultra-luxury goods marketplace.”

The new Phantom gets a fresh, striking front-end with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures. Rolls-Royce is the first to include full LED headlamps as standard on a production car.

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New driver assistance technologies and a modern user interface with re-designed multi-media controller have been introduced for Phantom Series II. The new satellite navigation system has been fully updated with functions that include 3D maps with landscape topography, guided tours and enhanced points of interest, as well as composite route planning.

Information, maps and video content are presented on the new Phantom’s larger 8.8 inch control center display. Front, rear and top-view camera systems enhance maneuverability. When reverse parking, for example, rear path prediction automatically deploys on the screen.

A new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential enhance already exemplary driving dynamics perfectly complementing the V12 direct injection engine. Fuel consumption improves by 10 per cent on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions fall from 388 to 347 g/km as a consequence.

The Phantom Series 1 was launched in 2003. In 2005, Rolls-Royce launched Extended Wheelbase to complement Phantom Saloon. This was followed by the launch of the Phantom Drophead Coupé in 2007 while the Phantom Coupé was launched in 2008.