Rolls-Royce Upgrades Phantom Range

2012 Geneva Auto Show


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    Rolls-Royce Phantom Picture

    Rolls-Royce Phantom. | March 05, 2012

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2012 Geneva Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • Almost a decade after it was launched in 2003, Rolls-Royce's Phantom sedan has received its first round of significant upgrades.
  • The changes are relatively modest and are also applied to the younger Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Phantom Coupe.
  • The most useful improvement is to the driveline, which now features an eight-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous six-speed.

GENEVA — Almost a decade after it was launched in 2003, Rolls-Royce's Phantom sedan has received its first round of significant upgrades. They're relatively modest, in fact, but are also applied to the younger Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Phantom Coupe.

The most useful improvement is to the driveline, which now features an eight-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous six-speed, improving the V12's fuel consumption by 10 percent and reducing the sedan's CO2 emissions from 388g/km (624g/mile) to 347g/km (558g/mile).

Also upgraded is the BMW-derived infotainment system, now provided with a larger screen, 3D satellite navigation mapping and a front, rear- and top-view camera system. However, the Phantom has yet to be capable of automatically parallel parking — presumably because Jeeves can do that for you.

The Phantom II, as it's called, is externally identifiable by new, full LED adaptive headlamps — the first to be fitted as standard, according to Rolls-Royce — with the previously circular lower pair of lenses now rectangular. The bumper moldings and their impact zones are now more smoothly integrated, too, but there's little else that's new.

Edmunds.com says: It's a measure of the Phantom's continuing success, and the rarefied nature of its market, that Rolls-Royce can contemplate no more than minor changes nine years into production of the sedan that is the mainstay of the range. All the changes are worthwhile, but high-tech features found in lesser models, such as parallel parking software, remain absent from this ultimate car.

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