For this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Rolls Royce has decided to breathe a new lease of life into its Phantom cars. The luxury carmaker will bring out the Phantom Series II at the gala event. Cars in the series include the Phantom Saloon, Phantom Drophead Coupé, and Phantom Coupé, which will feature a “striking new front-end, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures” to give it a new-yet-familiar look. The cars in this fleet will come with full LED headlamps; this standard production feature will be adaptive, which means that the cone of light projected onto a road will change depending on driving speeds.
The cars will also sport a new user interface with a re-designed multi-media controller, including an 8.8-inch control center display and a new satellite navigation system equipped with 3D maps, landscape topography, guided tours enhanced points of interest. Other features include front, rear, and top-view camera systems with parking sensors. The car will come with a V12 direct injection engine under the hood that gives the car a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and improved fuel consumption.
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“TAKE THE BEST THAT EXISTS AND MAKE IT BETTER” PRESENTING THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM SERIES II
In the first half of the 20th century, Sir Henry Royce famously urged his employees to strive for perfection in all that they did – and “to take the best that exists and make it better.” Today Rolls-Royce Motor Cars continue to embrace its founding father’s finest principles by proudly presenting Phantom Series II at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Reflecting the new world in which we live, this pinnacle family of cars – including Phantom Saloon, Phantom Drophead Coupé, and Phantom Coupé – have been thoughtfully updated with contemporary yet timeless design enhancements that frame the introduction of cutting-edge technologies which significantly improve the car’s drive-train, ease-of-use, and connectivity.
“From launch in 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom established itself as the benchmark in automotive luxury, a reputation it has held ever since,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “These cars are timeless in their appeal, but technology moves rapidly, and we cannot afford to stand still.
“Today, I am delighted to present Phantom Series II, a family of models that feature significant improvements in design, drive-train, and technology. As a consequence of these changes, we will continue to present with pride the best motor cars in the world, which re-confirm Rolls-Royce’s position at the very pinnacle of the ultra-luxury goods marketplace.”
New LED lighting:
Rolls-Royce Director of Design, Ian Cameron, likens the evolution of Phantom Series II design to a “familiar theme, lit differently.” And Phantom’s striking new front-end, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures, perhaps best encapsulates the essence of the significant changes that lie beneath.
Rolls-Royce is the first to include full LED headlamps as standard on a production car. As well as delivering a characteristic whiter light, augmenting safety and preventing driver tiredness, these allow for the introduction of new technologies that better control lighting.
Curve light functionality, for example, uses electronically-controlled reflectors to focus headlamp beams in the direction of travel, providing greater illumination of the road ahead when cornering. Adaptive headlamps change the cone of light projected onto a road – effortlessly, of course – in response to different driving speeds.
Effortless as standard
Every part of the Phantom experience should be effortless, so new driver assistance technologies and a modern user interface with a re-designed multi-media controller have been introduced for Phantom Series II. The new satellite navigation system has been fully updated with functions that include 3D maps with landscape topography, guided tours, and enhanced points of interest, as well as composite route planning.
Information, maps, and video content are presented on Phantom’s larger 8.8-inch control center display, a feature underlined by eight programmable bookmarks presenting access to key functions at a driver’s fingertips. Front, rear, and top-view camera systems further augment the ease of maneuvering. When reverse parking, for example, rear path prediction automatically deploys on the screen.
Waftability and sublime ride
The word waft ability has long been part of the Rolls-Royce lexicon, with models past and present renowned for their magnificent ride experience. Phantom Series II reinforces the company’s reputation for both.
A new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential enhance already exemplary driving dynamics, perfectly complementing the V12 direct injection engine. Fuel consumption improves by 10 percent on the combined cycle, and CO2 emissions fall from 388 to 347 g/km as a consequence.