It isn’t often a new Rolls-Royce appears, but the eighth-generation of the iconic Phantom has finally debuted. Although it doesn’t look remarkably different from the previous version of the uber-luxury sedan, it is all-new by every account and serves as the first Rolls developed under BMW.
The eight-version of the Phantom is riding on a new, all-aluminum architecture that the luxury marquee affectionately refers to as the Architecture of Luxury, which will underpin all of the brand’s upcoming products. The new frame has yielded a sedan that is generally the same size as the previous version, though this one has shed about 2.8 inches in length in short-wheelbase formation.
At first glance the new Phantom looks, well, like a Phantom. Rolls designers swear this one is different, with the introduction of a waft line along the doors so that this Rolls is slightly less slab-sided. The iconic stainless steel grille is also taller, assumably to allow this sedan to standout just a touch more.
Powering the new Phantom is an all-new twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 derived from engine found in other Rolls models. In this version the engine will generate a healthy 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, which the company says will push the car to 60 mph in about 5.1 seconds. That power will flow through a ZF eight-speed automatic.
While this Phantom will likely be more fun to drive than its predecessor, there’s no question that those writing the check for this car will likely never drive it. For that reason, the primary focus here is on the rear of the cabin. Rolls-Royce has fitted new 12-inch screens into the front seat-backs for rear passengers entertainment pleasure.
Of course, wooden tables still fold out for dining and other rich people matters. Meanwhile every surface in the car is slathered in leather, wood or silk. Even the dashboard offers a glass surface to display custom works of art, because that’s so necessary in a Rolls.
There’s no word yet on the pricing for this beast, but the outgoing car starts above $420,000. It’s likely a safe bet this one will see a price increase.