Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Phantom Series II, bringing subtle updates to the flagship model that include minor visual tweaks and new options tailored to customer feedback.
From the outset, it is difficult to detect changes in the untrained eye. It was actually the goal of Rolls-Royce designers who wanted to preserve the “timeless” look of the Phantom. The most important update is the illuminated Pantheon Grill – like Ghost – which has got a new polished horizontal line. The latter looks like an extension of the DRL in a full-LED headlight that has been updated with the laser-cut bezel Starlight.
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The rest of the Phantom’s bodywork remains unchanged, although two new wheel designs have been added, refreshing the profile. Undoubtedly the great new feature is the disc wheel with a plain design inspired by the ’20s, which comes in a polished stainless steel or black varnish finish. There is also a mild stainless steel wheel design with triangular sides, which is given in full or partially-polished finish.
In addition, Rolls-Royce now offers options for a darker chrome grille, black bonnet reins, windscreen surrounds and side frame finisher following popular demand. The company acknowledges that most of its customers are now choosing to drive instead of driving their cars, thus thickening the Phantom’s steering wheel to make it feel more comfortable.
Finally, the new “Rolls-Royce Connected” feature allows owners to send a destination address via the Personal Whispers app for vehicle navigation from a smartphone. The latter is now able to display the position and status of the vehicle on the screen of the owners smartphone.
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To commemorate the launch of the Phantom Series II, Rolls-Royce has created the bespoke Phantom Platino, again showing off unlimited personalization options for its flagship. It comes with a wonderful combination of leather upholstery for the front seats and fabric for the back seats. The latter combines two different fabrics – one made of Italian cotton, and the other made of bamboo fiber. Textured patterns of fabric also appear in Phantom’s Gallery and 3D-printed ceramic timepieces on the dashboard, while the signature Starlight headliner cannot be absent from this example.
Don’t expect any mechanical updates for the Phantom Series II, which is still fitted with the same twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 that produces 563 hp (420 kW / 571 PS) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. Speaking of which, a fully electric phantom is expected but it will definitely come after Specter, which will debut in 2024.
Rolls-Royce has not announced a price for the updated Phantom but we expect it to be at the same level as its predecessor. Most Rolls-Royce buyers choose Bespoke features, so get ready for one-off and a few special editions in the near future.