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Rolls-Royce Press Release) Two years
after the launch of the Phantom and its rapid establishment as the
worldwide market-leading super-luxury saloon, Rolls-Royce is pleased
to announce a new Phantom with an extended wheelbase. This new
longer Rolls-Royce Phantom promises additional interior space for
the rear passengers while maintaining the elegant look of the
standard Phantom, its first-class driving performance and the
comfort of front-seat occupants.
An extra 250 mm has been added to the standard length Phantom,
behind the B-pillar, to create a motor car with an even more
generously proportioned rear passenger compartment. Coach doors open
to 80 degrees, offering exceptionally graceful egress and ingress.
The extra space lends itself perfectly to the addition of Bespoke
features, limited only by the imagination of the customer.
The new longer wheelbase Phantom is entirely hand-crafted in-house –
designed, engineered and hand-built by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at
motor car was planned in the early days of the Rolls-Royce Phantom
project. Indeed, an aluminium space frame chassis was chosen
precisely because it lends itself to structural adaptation with
relative ease. This ability to create “coach-worked” models, to meet
the individual needs and desires of Rolls-Royce customers, is
something that has been central to the marque throughout its
100-year history. The standard Phantom body is already the largest
automotive aluminium space frame ever constructed while the new
extended wheelbase model adds nearly 10 inches.
The extra length with this new motor car is achieved simply by using
longer extrusions in the construction of the body. Conventional
extended-wheelbase cars are often built by cutting them and welding
in extra metal – not so with Rolls-Royce. As a result of this
approach, none of the Phantom’s torsional rigidity is lost, so the
outstanding dynamic performance and driving refinement of the
standard length motor car are maintained.
The Phantom is already known the world over for giving the most
luxurious of rides, worthy of the “magic carpet” description so
often coined for the sensation of traveling in a Rolls-Royce. Sure
enough, to ride in or drive a new extended Phantom is to experience
extraordinary levels of refinement. Extraneous noise is reduced to a
whisper and the super-strong chassis is almost totally free of
Aluminium roof and rear door panels are the only new exterior body
parts: the longer Phantom shares all of its other major chassis and
drive-train components with the standard motor car. The added weight
of this extended model is minimal – just 75 kg more – so there is no
need to make any changes to chassis or suspension systems.
All the Phantom chassis and body components are painstakingly
hand-welded by a highly skilled team of specialists. Such is the
level of craftsmanship involved that every technician is required to
complete a series of tests each day before starting work, to ensure
he meets the very highest quality standards that Rolls-Royce
demands. Each piece of aluminium extrusion is placed on a precision
jig before being welded by hand, allowing fine adjustments to be
made by the technician. Every dimension of the body is checked by
laser, to ensure it is built with total accuracy to a tolerance of
less than half a millimetre – a remarkable figure for a car that is
more than six metres long.
Power continues to be provided by the same highly acclaimed
6.75-litre, 48-valve, 453 bhp, 720 Nm V12 engine that was developed
for the standard Phantom. Because the weight gain of the new
extended wheelbase Phantom over the standard motor car is
negligible, there is very little impact on performance or fuel
economy. Driver and passengers can still enjoy the effortless and
relentless urge of the engine from tick-over, riding on a wave of
seemingly bottomless torque. At just 1000 rpm the Rolls-Royce V12
develops 560 Nm of torque – enough to waft the longer Phantom
quickly yet silently to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds and on to a
limited top speed of 149 mph.
designer Ian Cameron was responsible for the interior and exterior
look of the extended Phantom. “The challenge was to create a longer,
more spacious motor car without compromising the elegant lines of
the original. We found that adding 250 mm to the overall length of
the Phantom gave an extremely well proportioned exterior form, while
adding significantly to the amount of space in the rear passenger
compartment.” The measure of the design team’s success is that,
unless the two Phantoms are viewed alongside each other, it is not
easy to tell which is the extended version.
The rakish looks of the original are retained on the new model. With
an elegant swathe line that runs along the body, rising as it nears
the front wings, the Phantom has the look of a motor launch at speed
– a look which is the antithesis of modern “wedge” car design.
All of the extra 250 mm (10 inches) is added behind the B-pillar, so
the rear-hinged coach doors are 250 mm longer as well. They open to
80 degrees, giving exceptionally easy access to the rear
compartment. Once inside, of course, rear passengers have the luxury
of the additional legroom.
An important benefit of this extra space in the rear is that it
provides additional scope for adding personalised Bespoke features
to the motor car. Bespoke is the name Rolls-Royce gives to its
program of designing and building special items to meet specific
customer requirements and has been offered by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
since the Goodwood era began in January 2003. It’s a tradition that
stretches back throughout the marque’s 100-year history, however.
From the early coach-built bodies, Bespoke is a word synonymous with
Rolls-Royce. Customers do not order a Rolls-Royce, they commission
it, just as they would a yacht or a piece of art.
All manner of features can be specified for the Phantom, including
fridges, drinks cabinets, cigar humidors, special audio-visual
systems and additional seating. The extra space in the extended
version also allows for a division wall, for those rear passengers
that require increased privacy. Hand-built from the finest
materials, the division wall exudes all of the quality expected of a
Rolls-Royce interior. The standard panel is finished using matching
wood veneers and leather trim in two finishes. As well as turning
the rear passenger space into a completely private environment, the
division wall can be made to house a variety of additional Bespoke
that the new extended wheelbase Phantom will sell in relatively
small numbers to discerning customers with a specific need for such
a spacious motor car. Customers in the Middle East and the Asia
Pacific region have already shown particular interest in an
extended-wheelbase model and it is in these two areas that the motor
car will be first be launched.