The Rolls-Royce Phantom has received its first major revisions since it launched in 2003
6 March 2012

The Rolls-Royce Phantom has undergone its most extensive overhaul since launch in 2003. Revealed at today's Geneva motor show, the Phantom Series II is only distinguishable from before by a series of subtle styling tweaks. The biggest changes are the addition of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, a new rear differential and overhauled electronic systems in the cabin.

Gallery: Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II

The new eight-speed automatic replaces the existing six-speed transmission. It is mated to the otherwise unchanged 453bhp 6.7-litre V12 engine. Economy is improved by 10 per cent and CO2 emissions are cut from 388g/km to 347g/km.

Rolls-Royce design chief Ian Cameron describes the styling changes as “a familiar theme, lit in a different way”.

The Phantom Series II is the first production car to adopt fully LED headlamps as standard. The adaptive lights change in intensity according to speed and feature a cornering capability. Other styling changes on the Series II include restyled bumpers and rectangular light apertures.

The changes are adopted across all four models in the Phantom range: saloon, extended-wheelbase saloon, coupé and drophead. The first Series II models will be delivered by the end of June, at prices around five per cent higher than the current Phantom range.

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6 March 2012

Ohh the bestest is back ?

6 March 2012

Replace this car will be very hard. It looks good as ten years ago.

6 March 2012

Its funny to think a few years ago that a Rolls and a Bentley were the same but for a badge.

Split them up, hand them over to 2 different companies and look what they have done with them. Rolls make this timeless and elegant thing whilst Bentley have gone after the footballer market and want to start making 4x4s.

I cant imagine a Rolls Royce 4x4 in the form of this Bentley show car

7 March 2012

How Long has there been a Phantom Coupe?

I really like it!

8 March 2012

A horrible looking car and hardly the last word in good taste, it looks rather like a house and is obscenely large.

The Ghost model looks quite nice, though.

8 March 2012

[quote mrcliodCi]and is obscenely large.[/quote] Just because you'd feel 'short' in it doesn't mean you have to cast out your frustrations on it.

[quote mrcliodCi]The Ghost model looks quite nice, though.[/quote] The Ghost is pale in comparison, no pun intended. It lacks character and its rear bench is riduclously high in respect to the front seats.

9 March 2012

[quote artill]

Its funny to think a few years ago that a Rolls and a Bentley were the same but for a badge.

Split them up, hand them over to 2 different companies and look what they have done with them. Rolls make this timeless and elegant thing whilst Bentley have gone after the footballer market and want to start making 4x4s.

I cant imagine a Rolls Royce 4x4 in the form of this Bentley show car

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Remind me, how many footballers drive a Bentley Mulsanne? I do know Philip Neville owns a Rolls-Royce here in Manchester. I don't believe Bentley aimed for the footballer market, they just happened to be popular with rich footballers. I have seen very many modified Rolls-Royces, mainly Mansory models most looking tasteless.

The Phantom isn't even a real Rolls-Royce. Remember, BMW didn't buy Rolls-Royce, they bought the rights to use the name only and started a new company from scratch. Rolls-Royce are still in Crewe building Bentleys with the same workforce, only they are known as Bentley motors now. Phantom aka BMW 13 series.

9 March 2012

[quote Sports888]The Phantom isn't even a real Rolls-Royce. Remember, BMW didn't buy Rolls-Royce, they bought the rights to use the name only and started a new company from scratch. Rolls-Royce are still in Crewe building Bentleys with the same workforce, only they are known as Bentley motors now. Phantom aka BMW 13 series.[/quote] That's utterly ridiculous if not delusional. The Phantom embodies the true RR heritage and DNA. Proof is that nearly ten years later it's as fresh and elegant as on the first day. According to you, RR is mass-building front-wheel drive Volkswagen-based Continentals, designed by dutch personnel, and then displaying left hand drive cars with british registration plates on official photos. Sad!

9 March 2012

[quote Queen Vicky]

[quote Sports888]The Phantom isn't even a real Rolls-Royce. Remember, BMW didn't buy Rolls-Royce, they bought the rights to use the name only and started a new company from scratch. Rolls-Royce are still in Crewe building Bentleys with the same workforce, only they are known as Bentley motors now. Phantom aka BMW 13 series.[/quote] That's utterly ridiculous if not delusional. The Phantom embodies the true RR heritage and DNA. Proof is that nearly ten years later it's as fresh and elegant as on the first day. According to you, RR is mass-building front-wheel drive Volkswagen-based Continentals, designed by dutch personnel, and then displaying left hand drive cars with british registration plates on official photos. Sad!

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What I stated was correct on the business deal at the time. The factory, generations of workers and it's design team were taken on by VW not BMW. BMW took on nothing more than the name. As far as true Rolls-Royce heritage, if it isn't the real Rolls-Royce company making them, then where is the heritage there? Badge engineering they call that.

You say according to me Rolls-Royce make front wheel drive VW's, where did I say that? (The Continentals are 4 wheel drive by the way). Anyone can buy the name of a car brand, but that doesn't mean they are what it says on the front. The nearest you'll get to a Rolls-Royce these days is a Bentley Mulsanne i'm afraid.

9 March 2012

Of all website car configurators, the RR one is the most fun because they offer leather in such an excellent range of colours. What a relief from the usual choice of everyday tan, funereal black or boring grey.

The dash on the Phantom is OK, the one on the Ghost I find a bit clumsy. Driving can be fun but it can be a slog, so billionaire me would ride in the back of a Phantom driven by an update of Emma Peel. Of course it's her mind that I would find so attractive.

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