The eighth-generation Phantom will be unveiled later this month

This is our most comprehensive look yet at the eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom, which goes on sale in 2018 after a reveal this summer. 

The images, reportedly from an online brochure and leaked to Chinese media, show the extended-wheelbase version of the car's exterior styling and confirms the design we saw in spy shots of the car undergoing testing earlier in its development. 

Its aesthetic is largely similar to the current-generation Phantom, although minor tweaks to the front end, such as a different headlight shape and altered bumper design, are present. The second, lower lights at the front are no more. 

Inside, the interior appears as high-end as you would expect, with dark wood, textured panelling and cream leather among the materials used, and with Rolls-Royce's retro touches across the dashboard carried over. 

The full design will be unveiled on 27 July, at an event celebrating the Phantom's history.

From previously released preview images, it's clear that the car will have Rolls-Royce's signature dominant grille and, although not a design revolution, a step-change in the car's aesthetic is also visible. The headlight areas are where the most notable changes will be.

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The only other detail of the car Rolls-Royce has officially revealed is an interior trim panel, finished with an incut pattern on dark wood, with what appears to be an analogue clock in the centre of the panel. 

We already know that the eighth-generation Phantom is likely to share aluminium architecture with its Cullinan-codenamed SUV sibling and feature either an evolved version of the brand's 6.75-litre V12 engine or the Dawn's 6.6-litre V12. 

The Cullinan will be the brand's first all-wheel-drive model, meaning that, if the Phantom adopts four-wheel drive, it will be after the launch of the Cullinan. However, it is likely that Rolls-Royce will keep this exclusive to its ‘all-terrain, high-sided vehicle’ sibling.

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1 June 2017
Let's hope it looks a bit better than BMW's previous efforts although I am not holdding my breath.
They seem to have adopted the Lexus attitude 'lets see how hideous we can make it' and still sell it

1 June 2017
brian245 wrote:

...They seem to have adopted the Lexus attitude 'lets see how hideous we can make it' and still sell it

No, that's just 'your' attitude. While some might, not everyone thinks the same as you and many people regard the current Phantom, Ghost and Damn quite nicely styled as RRs.

18 July 2017

Yes, the Phantom is one of the best looking RRs ever . . .

. . . but the new one looks so similar you wonder why they went to the expense and trouble of developing it.

XXXX just went POP.

18 July 2017

Who the heck rags on a Phantom for how it looks? I've literally never heard anyone shit on this car before and you're talking like everybody agrees with you.....

1 June 2017
Let's hope it looks a bit better than BMW's previous efforts although I am not holdding my breath.
They seem to have adopted the Lexus attitude 'lets see how hideous we can make it' and still sell it

1 June 2017
Let's hope it looks a bit better than BMW's previous efforts although I am not holdding my breath.
They seem to have adopted the Lexus attitude 'lets see how hideous we can make it' and still sell it

1 June 2017
brian245 wrote:

Let's hope it looks a bit better than BMW's previous efforts although I am not holdding my breath.
They seem to have adopted the Lexus attitude 'lets see how hideous we can make it' and still sell it

Couldn't disagree more! The Rolls Royce design language is a brilliant expression of the brand and perfect for its market. The Phantom looks dignified and stately. Its upright stance avoids the naff "stretch limo" look that killed Maybach as a stand-alone brand. The Bentley Mulsanne is undistinguished and bland by comparison.

1 June 2017
Doesn't say much for the taste of of the target market

1 June 2017
Doesn't say much for the taste of of the target market

18 July 2017

Brian - Is there any chance that you can only post just teh once as to constantly reposting the same thing makes people ignore you 

 

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