Eighth-generation model on course to arrive in less than two years; early prototypes of future Phantom have already been seen testing
16 March 2017

The next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom has been spotted testing again ahead of its confirmed 2018 launch.

The future model gets all-new aluminium architecture and a refreshed exterior design, including headlights that look similar to those of the Rolls-Royce Ghost with a step in the lower edge of the light making way for the indicator strip.

The latest winter testing pictures show what is thought to be production ready exhausts as well as an undisguised door mirror and side window line.

There's also a new front bumper design featuring wider air vents that extend further out towards the car’s sides, and a new full-width grille.

The Phantom has previously been spotted testing in Los Angeles by eagle-eyed Autocar reader Nico Pellerito.

At the rear, the bumper appears to protrude less than that of the current Phantom, with a more flush design from the boot lid to the rear bumper. There are also more rounded tail-lights, but these are temporary units rather than final production parts.

Rolls-Royce Phantom - bidding farewell to a luxury icon

Overall, the car's design is an evolution of the current flagship model, making it instantly recognisable as a Phantom.

Rolls-Royce released a picture of the 2018 car's structure in the latter months of 2016 (see gallery). Earlier images shown in our gallery are of development mules being subjected to cold-weather testing.

Rolls-Royce testing its all-new vehicle architecture for Cullinan SUV

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.

Production for the previous Phantom only just finished at the start of this year. The last car was a one-off special produced with a nautical theme for a ‘connoisseur collector’.

Our Verdict

Rolls-Royce Phantom
The Phantom Series II receives a number of useful tweaks over the original car

The Rolls-Royce Phantom comes with opulence befitting its huge price tag. It is the benchmark for ride quality

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wmb

5 July 2016
With BMW being one of the automakers who are pioneering the use of carbon fiber into passenger vehicles, and their new architecture for Rolls-Royce is a clean sheet, ground up re-do, why would they only go all aluminium? Maybe there will be some carbon bits here and there, but here is an opportunity on a relatively small volume of vehicles,to move the tech forward and really showcase their advances with the material! It would seem that even if the cost was high, with the amount they charge for these vehicles and the ability to spread that cost across their future SUV and four other product lines, could take much of the bite out of that investment. With Audi and JLR already using aluminium extensively, Ford using if in specific programs and applications, and with more automakers using it more fully across their vehicle range, it just seems that BMW/Rolls-Royce took the SAFE route in following suit. As much as I love all things BMW and by extention Rolls-Royce, IMHO, I would have thought they would have wanted to have taken a position of leadership, especially with R&R, and really showed the industry where they were with advance materials within their manufacturing.

5 July 2016
Well that doesn't look like an aluminium centre pillar in the picture. It looks like carbon composite to me.

5 July 2016
You can buy an old knackered RR for £10k, in brown and mustard. Severe depreciation.

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7 November 2016
kcrally wrote:

You can buy an old knackered RR for £10k, in brown and mustard. Severe depreciation.

If it's old and knackered then 10k seems a fair price and the depreciation isn't all that severe in the example you give. Try thinking before you press the button...

8 November 2016
I am totally excited to learn that the rear bumper may protrude less than the one on the current model.

9 March 2017
Has all the elegance of a house brick.

9 March 2017
These are cars for people who don't like cars which all look the same from up there in your private jet, and pretty small beer from the deck of your super yacht.

16 March 2017
I assume that the body is made alongside the 7 series, certainly not in the Uk should rename it Volls Voyce as not a real one even though I quite like them.

18 March 2017
If you look past the camouflage, it still looks the least elegant and graceful of all RR models. In fact it looks very crude, hulking and antiquated. People buy the Phantom simply to be noticed (good or bad) -- it definitely has presence and has the unmistakable hood that shouts money. It's borderline vulgar. If the rear end could be raised higher, it would erase that droopy almost-Bangle Butt looking rear end and improve trunk space. The proportions are really awkward and resembles a bowler hat. The Mercedes Maybach may also not make sense but it looks better than the Phantom. The Bentley Mulsanne is still the best looking of the ultra luxury sedan bunch.

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