‘A competitive price’ isn’t something Rolls-Royce owners expect of their cars, fewer still Phantom owners. Many, we’ve heard – when finally informed how much their bespoke, personally commissioned cars will actually cost – even insist on paying more.
Considering the status this car confers, the wealth of which it speaks, the ultimate in luxury briefs that it serves and the uncompromising engineering that has been employed to make it, does it matter that it costs £40,000 more than the old Phantom or 50% more than its nearest rival? Probably not one jot.
If you are overly concerned about how much your Phantom will cost to run, or how easy it will be to own, you may be interested to learn that residual value forecaster CAP does indeed quote on the car and expects it to be worth 58% of its original showroom price after a three-year, 36,000-mile ownership period (our standard terms, as unlikely as they are to reflect Rolls-Royce usage). That’s 17% more than for a Mulsanne, and twice the result you’ll get, in percentage terms, on a Mercedes-Maybach S650.
Still, Phantom owners, you suspect, are keepers. And, if only because it means they’ll be obliged to stop less frequently on the ride from their city duplex to their country pile, they might be pleased to hear that, driven fairly reservedly, their 563bhp, 2780kg Rolls-Royce can return better than 28mpg when touring and so cover almost 400 miles between 90-litre fuel tank fills. Sandringham to Windsor and back again, with a quarter of a tank in reserve.
From a usability standpoint, the sheer size of the car does impinge upon the variety of journeys and occasions for which you’d use it. But for owners with car collections typically running into double figures, that’s not the hurdle it might otherwise be.