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.
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.