The Phantom is one of the most luxurious cars on sale and its latest facelift by maker Rolls-Royce is understandably a subtle one. But emissions are down, economy is up and intriguingly, it features a new type of headlight. Step this way sir
The Phantom is an imposing car it should be at nearly six metres long and the updates to the styling dont change this. Although subtle, the facelift brings new lights and restyled bumpers.
The biggest change is to the lights, which are now rectangular, and the bumpers vents echo their shape. The lights themselves are quite special they are the first full LED headlamps to be included as standard on a production car.
Aside from looking quite cool, these headlights offer a brighter, whiter light and allow a number of technologies to be included. Adaptive headlamps automatically change the shape of the beam projected onto the road, depending on driving speeds, and the headlights can also respond to steering input to light up the road ahead whilst cornering.
The only updates to the interior are improvements to the electronic gadgets and toys. You now get a larger 8.8 inch screen on the dashboard, with the controls for the multi-media redesigned.
The satellite navigation is improved with 3D maps, guided tours and points of interests. There are now reversing cameras front and rear and you can even see a top down view of your Rolls-Royce sliding into its parking space vital with such a huge car.
The 453bhp 6.7 litre V12 is unchanged so you can still expect the same effortless shove in the back the Phantom has always provided. However the old six-speed gearbox has been replaced by a new eight-speed automatic. This new gearbox, helped by a new rear differential, improves fuel economy by 10 per cent. Exhaust emissions are reduced too, with CO2 emissions falling from 388 to 347g/km.
Sir Henry Royce, who co-founded the company in 1906 with partner Charles Rolls, always encouraged his employees to strive for perfection. One of his most famous quotes is take the best that exists and make it better.
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The changes to Rolls-Royces flagship model are subtle but keep the Phantom up to pace with modern in-car technology. The updates will keep the whole family of Phantom models the saloon, drophead and coupe at the pinnacle of the ultra luxery market.