The next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom has been confirmed for launch in 2018, with its maker revealing that the car's all-new aluminium architecture has now moved into an advanced stage of development.
To prove the point, Rolls-Royce has released a new picture of the 2018 car's structure, shown above. Earlier images shown in our gallery are of development mules being subjected to cold weather testing.
Two prototypes of the next generation Rolls-Royce Phantom were spied, including a long-wheelbase variant.
The cars were heavily disguised, but we can see what looks to be a slightly longer body, as well as a new front bumper design featuring wider air vents that extend further out towards the car’s sides.
The Spirit of Ecstasy is also missing, although this is likely to be because it is a test mule.
At the rear, the bumper seems to protrude less than the current Phantom, with a more flush design from the boot lid to the rear bumper. There are also more rounded lights, but these are temporary units rather than anything final.
No official technical details have been revealed, but insiders expect the new car to feature one of two possible engines: a more powerful version of the current Phantom’s 6.75-litre V12 unit, or a boosted version of the 6.6-litre V12 unit featured in the new Dawn.
Rolls-Royce says that demand for the current Phantom is so high that orders have pushed into 2017. The car maker also says that all 50 of the final Phantom Coupé and Drophead Coupé Zenith Collection cars have been sold.
Danni Bagnall and Sam Sheehan