The new, eighth-gen Rolls Royce Phantom isn t very different looking than the car it replaces, but it has the same prestige and appeal as any of its predecessors. Despite looking similar, though, the new Phantom is a completely new car in every single way. Built on a new, lightweight chassis, that s comprised mostly of aluminum and that Rolls Royce is calling its Architecture of Luxury , the eighth-gen Phantom is all new.
From the outside, the first thing that strikes you is the sheer size of the new Phantom. It s massive, long and imposing. It s grille is not only huge but incredible upright, while the new ring-like laser headlights also look really good, making it seem high-tech while also looking high-end and luxurious. Rolls Royce claims these laser lights can cast light 600 meters down the road.
Out back, the new taillights are more vertical, slimmer and far more high-tech looking. Its outer edges are rimmed in LEDs and they look smoother than before. The whole rear end also swoops down from the C-pillar more gracefully.
The cabin design, overall, is largely unchanged. However, look closer and you ll notice it s been updated everywhere with better materials, more interesting trim choices and better technology. It looks like the previous Phantom s interior, only better in every single way.
Under that massive hood and imposing grille lies an entirely new 6.75 liter V12 with two turbochargers bolted to it. That mighty powerplant makes a healthy 563 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque.
While visiting Palm Springs for a series of test drives, we spent some time with the new Rolls and brought you a new photo gallery.
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