The British manufacturer of luxury cars Rolls-Royce introduced the updated flagship sedan Phantom 8-th generation. The unique model, which has been produced for 92 years, continues to set benchmarks in the segment, where wealth and gloss are dominant. The new Rolls-Royce Phantom of 2019-2020, following in the footsteps of its predecessors, is ready to meet the demands of even the most demanding customers, focused on modern design, advanced technology and the highest level of comfort. The presentation of the novelty took place on July 27 in London, and the car will be on sale in early 2019. The starting price of the Rolls-Royce Phantom 8 in the UK home market is set at around 400,000 pounds (about 31.2 million rubles). The model will be produced exclusively in the body of the sedan, which means a rejection of the previously available coupe and convertible formats.
Base and dimensions
Modernization of the flagship Rolls-Royce did not lead to global changes in its external appearance, however, all kinds of revolutions are initially contraindicated by such status cars. However, in the technology of change, more than enough, and they begin with the most important – the platform. Especially for the new Phantom, the British have developed a completely aluminum “cart”, called just the Architecture of Luxury or “luxury architecture.” The modular platform, designed from the ground up, will become the product of domestic consumption only and will form the basis of all future Rolls-Royce models, including the Cullinan crossover.
Photo of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom of 2019-2020
The body of the New Phantom, unlike the previous version, is made by a carrier. It is constructively provided for the universal use of only aluminum and its alloys, which provides the necessary lightness and strength of the frame. So, the torsional rigidity increased by as much as 30%. A significant payoff was also observed in the weight characteristics, but only it was leveled by a large mass of attachments. As a result, in the equipped condition the sedan began to weigh even slightly more than its predecessor – 2625 against 2550 kg. It is curious that noise isolation materials alone were “tightened” on scales of about 130 kg, but the profit from their application was quite noticeable – the acoustic background inside improved by a weighty 10%.
The outer dimensions of the “eighth” Rolls-Royce Phantom differ somewhat from the dimensions of the 7th generation car body. The wheelbase reduced to 3552 mm (-19 mm) resulted in a decrease in the overall length of the luxury sedan. As a result of the adjustment, it was 5762 mm, whereas before it was 5,839 mm (difference – 77 mm). These figures refer to the usual version of the Phantom, but there is also a long-term variation of EWB. Its length and inter-axis distance are equal to 5962 and 3752 mm, respectively. As for the other sizes, they both completely coincide in both versions: the width of the body is 2019 mm (+29 mm), and the height – 1646 mm (+8 mm).
Exterior design and interior
If you put a number of cars of the seventh and eighth generations, the difference between them will only be caught if you carefully review the details. Immediately prompt that look at the falshradiator and head optics. The radiator grille, which is covered with vertical bridges, is now part of the bodywork and is made of hand-polished stainless steel. She is slightly raised in relation to the previous position, along with her crowning statuette, “Spirit of Ecstasy.” From the upper corners of the grille come thin steel strip, forming the edges of the hood and surrounding the frame of the windshield.
Updated design of the radiator grille
The headlights of Rolls-Royce Phantom have acquired new graphics and more advanced optical filling. Next to the LEDs, laser-phosphor blocks were prescribed here, providing a range of luminosity up to 600 meters.
The profile of the novelty has well-known proportions with an extended horizontal hood, short front and long rear overhangs (with proportions of 1: 2), a characteristic wavy roof bend, a powerful rear pillar, vertical, as if chopped, “nose” and stern. The side-glazing frames and door handles are finished with the same hand-polished steel, the wheel arches have record-sized 22-inch wheels with 255/45 R22 rubber. An interesting nuance is that a special layer of foam is applied to the inside surface of the Continental tires, which guarantees a noise reduction of 9 dB in relation to conventional tires.
Silhouette of the model
Salon of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom as a whole retained the old architecture, but without slight adjustments, designed to refresh the inner space, still did not. First of all, the front panel has slightly modified, the upper part of which is called the “gallery” manufacturer. It is a combination of elements hidden under a single glass, including a 12.3-inch virtual “device”, a retractable 12.25-inch central screen of a multimedia system and a traditional analog clock. Background proposed to be covered with a copy of one of the paintings of famous painters. In accordance with the design is selected and the design of the dial of the watch.
Architecture of interior
Information and entertainment complex Phantom meets all modern requirements for multimedia – there is navigation, Wi-Fi access point, integration with gadgets via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. The system is controlled by a swivel washer installed on the armrest pad. This arrangement is similar to the novelty with the previous generation car, which also borrowed the original three-spoke steering wheel, round deflectors for ventilation, a block of the climate system with convenient temperature controllers.
The doors of the luxury Rolls-Royce sedan are equipped with an electric drive and traditionally open to each other. The buyer will be able to choose among five variants of a double or triple rear row configuration. Among the available variations are separate reclining chairs, classic seats with a folding armrest and seats with a fixed center console. The number of amenities exceeds the limit – there are heated seats and armrests, electric adjustment and ventilation seats, folding tables, folding monitors, a cupboard for drinks with a refrigerator and glasses.
One of the layout schemes of the second row
In the asset of the updated model, the most advanced electronic assistants, such as collision warning, tracking of the range of traffic and warning of the departure from the band, active cruise control, detection of pedestrians, control of cross traffic, night vision system, panoramic view with four cameras.
Technical specifications of the Rolls-Royce Phantom in the body of 2019-2020
The heart of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom will be the former 6.75-liter V12 unit, which survived, however, a thorough upgrade. As a result, the engine got two turbochargers and a new technical “stuffing” (pistons, connecting rods, etc.) As a result of the changes, the engine output increased to 571 hp. (before it was 460 hp) and 900 Nm (instead of 720 Nm). The company’s engine will be an 8-speed automatic ZF box. Such cooperation provides a massive sedan acceleration to 100 km / h in just 5.3 seconds, while the “maximum” of the car is limited to 250 km / h.
Improved motor 6.75 V12
The new platform involves the use of a double-lever front and multi-link rear suspension. The chassis is equipped with adaptive shock absorbers and pneumatic springs, which can change damping characteristics and body position. The active control system, called the Magic Carpet Ride, sends signals to the suspension elements based on the readings of a stereo camera mounted under the windshield. The engineers took care of increasing the maneuverability of the car in close urban conditions, providing it with a turning rear axle.