If there's an award for visionary engineering, continuous pursuit of perfection and deep understanding of what the world's leading luxury car should be, Rolls-Royce will easily bag it. No wonder the Rolls-Royce Phantom is called the 'The Best Car in the World' and continues to set that benchmark over and over again. The eighth-generation Phantom is here in India and here are pictures of this modern masterpiece for you to ogle at.
This Phantom underpins an aluminium space frame platform, which is supposedly lighter and more rigid than the outgoing model.
Familiar design packages are on offer for the Phantom VIII. Up front is Rolls Royce's Pantheon grille finished in chrome and flanked by full-LED headlights with DRLs.
The most talked-about feature is the iconic 'Spirit of Ecstasy' hood ornament, which sits on top of the grille and is retractable.
On the side, the rear suicide doors are another highlight. The new Phantom sports a bold shoulder line running along the length of the car and chrome trim around the window frames.
A raked windshield and boot with a chrome garnish complete the look at the back with a redesigned rear bumper housing twin chrome exhaust tips.
Inside the cabin, the new Phantom retains the basic dashboard layout from the outgoing model except for a few minor modifications.
For example, an LCD screen replaces the analogue instrument cluster with the introduction of a new high-resolution heads-up display.
Another part of the dashboard is the 'Gallery', which is new to the Phantom. This is where customers can install art pieces of their choice.
WHat's more, the second row gets reclining seats with separate infotainment screens and a drinks cabinet in the centre. This is opulence at its best!
Rolls-Royce claims that the Phantom's cabin is quieter than the previous model by 60 decibels, primarily due to a double-layer insulation.
The 2018 Phantom is powered by a revised 6.75-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 mill producing 563bhp of power and a humongous 900Nm of peak torque.
Acceleration time from 0-100kmph is claimed to be 5.3 seconds, while the claimed top speed is 250kmph. Pretty impressive for a car of this size.
The base price of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is Rs 9.5 crores, while the extended wheelbase version is priced at Rs 11.35 crores (ex-showroom, India).