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Rolls-Royce updated the Phantom to give it a Series II Monica, and in addition to adding an illuminated grille, the new feature that caught our attention was the disc wheel option. We wanted to see what those wheels would look like in the rest of the Rolls-Royce range, so we edited them into a ghost and a cullinan.
The new Rolls-Royce disc wheels are 22-inch in diameter and available in polished stainless steel or black varnish finish. Official press photos are shown in their white-ish bespoke Phantom Platino and another dark-green example of the long wheelbase Phantom EWB. The automaker did not show the black varnish version of the wheel so we took the liberty of doing it ourselves.
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The rich design of the Phantom is probably more suited to this spec than the Sportier Ghost or the high-riding Cullinan. Still, we see that the SUV looks better on OEM disc wheels than the huge aftermarket design of 24-inch or even 26-inch diameter which is chosen by many of its owners.
Rolls-Royce says the new disc wheels are “reminiscent of the romance of Rolls-Royce motor vehicles of the 1920s” and we totally agree. A super-expensive luxury sedan has something nice about keeping minimal, tiny wheels, and the Phantom is the perfect candidate. Rival Mercedes-Maybach has done the same for both the S-Class and the GLS, but Rolls-Royce has opted for a simpler and retro-flavored design for their own flagship.
Does this mean that disc wheels are slowly returning to the design trend? BMW and Mercedes made their best in the 90’s when it nailed the 1957 version of the Fiat 500 in the mid-10’s, so we speculate that this could happen again in the 20’s where aerodynamics plays a more important role. Designers and engineers can probably eliminate the problem of overheating any brakes so re-fashioning them depends on the styling department of the automakers.
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