Text: Anton Andres / Photos: CarPix for Autoindustriya.com | posted June 07, 2016 17:01
Eighth-generation Phantom coming soon
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has been the marque's flagship sedan since 2003 and has seen little change since. The company stopped production of the Phantom back in February after 13 years in the market. Through spy photographers, glimpses of the all-new flagship Rolls show a much larger sedan with evolutionary styling.
Looking past the swirl-themed camouflage, the new Rolls-Royce Phantom retains the slim rectangular headlights, the signature waterfall grill and a much bigger body. The car pictured here is the long wheelbase variant and a standard wheelbase model will also be available. Overall, the shape retains the Phantom's silhouette but given a more streamlined look with its sloping roofline and drooping rear deck. In an effort to throw off spy photographers, a false panel takes the place of the rear tail lights. Like the recently retired current Phantom, the new Rolls-Royce sedan features suicide doors.
A small section of the interior was also snapped by the photographers. While mostly covered with cloth, one can see the steering column mounted gear selector, a wide screen for the infotainment system and the iDrive scroll wheel sourced from BMW. Partially seen are metallic touches on the center console and what appears to be piano black wood trim running the width of the dashboard.
The all-new Phantom has been slated for 2018 and by that time, the current model will mark its 15th year in the market. Expect enhanced versions of technologies found in the BMW 7 Series as well as V12 power. The new Phantom will also utilize the company's first aluminum space frame chassis which Rolls-Royce engineers claim will significantly lighten the 2.6 ton limousine.