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The Rolls-Royce Phantom has received its first major revisions since it launched in 2003
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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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Queen Vicky 10 March 2012

Re: Geneva 2012: Rolls-Royce Phantom

275not599 wrote:

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.

My grandpa drives a grey metallic Phantom with dark green interior and wonderful dark reddish wood, it's like sitting on an SUV but so much refined, as if gravity disappeared on the outside. And he doesn't have a chauffeur btw!

Queen Vicky 10 March 2012

Re: Geneva 2012: Rolls-Royce Phantom

Sports888 wrote:
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.
The Continental might be 4WD but it STILL is based on the FWD VW Phaeton's architecture, hence its bastard proportions (short bonnet and small axis to dash ratio). Besides most of the people working in Crewe have been recycled since then, so you're just talking rubbish. It's like saying Aston Martin or Volvo are now selling a rebadged fraud just because owners or factories changed over time.

275not599 9 March 2012

Re: Geneva 2012: Rolls-Royce Phantom

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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