Compared with the older generation Phantom, the new Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII model has big changes that show the intention of the manufacturer is following the trend.
8 generations of Rolls-Royce Phantom
Phantom I (1925-1931): Rolls-Royce (RR) began production of the Phantom I in 1925. The car debuted when the sun was still “never set in the UK” and replaced the legendary Silver Ghost – the top model of Rolls-Royce.
The car was developed secretly, through the project code-named “Eastern Armored Car.” This implies that Rolls-Royce wanted to build a military vehicle used during World War I, most notably the RR of “Lawrence of Arabia.” Pieces of a plate have been placed around the factory to confuse the curious opponents who want to collect the secrets of making “the best car in the world.”
Phantom I is immediately commercially successful. More than 3,500 cars have been shipped in the six-year lifecycle of the car, though most of them have been factory-built by future owners. Therefore almost no Phantom I are alike
Phantom II (1929-1936): With Phantom II, Rolls-Royce only manufactures the chassis and mechanical parts in the Derby factory while the body of the car is produced by the manufacturer. Some of the most famous manufacturers of Rolls-Royce cars include Park Ward, Thrupp & Maberly, Mulliner, Carlton, Henley, and Hooper.
Phantom III (1936-1939): There is no statement about the replacement of this vehicle, and it seems that Phantom III was a victim of World War II, particularly regarding revenue. Today, Phantom III is perhaps best remembered for being the choice of the infamous 007 spy James Bond in the 1964 film “Goldfinger.”
Phantom IV (1950-1959): Phantom IV was launched in 1950. With the creation of the fourth-generation Phantom, Rolls-Royce reversed its previous decision to stop production of this large car after the end of World War II.
Phantom V (1959-1968): Phantom V was built between 1959 and 1968 and a total of 516 cars of this generation were made for customers such as Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Elizabeth II, Hong Kong, or the famous Beatles singer, John Lennon.
Phantom VI (1968-1991): Phantom VI is a milestone because it is the last Rolls with chassis and body separately. Surprisingly, the Phantom VI quickly retired in 1995, shortly after the King of Brunei ordered three new Rolls-Royces. A total of 374 Phantom VI were manufactured.
Phantom VII (2003-2016): In 2003, the seventh generation Phantom was greeted by the world as a glimpse of Rolls-Royce’s renaissance era at its new plant in Goodwood, West Sussex. The form of Phantom VII was remarkably modern but was not influenced by time due to the ingenious retention of the aesthetic features of the Phantom.
Phantom VIII (27-07-2017): On July 27, 1977, Phantom VIII was officially introduced to the world by Rolls-Royce, continuing its history of 92 years, through the generations of iconic cars in the automobile industry
The exterior and interior of Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII
The design of Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII inherited from concept model 103EX with the higher and wider grille. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ symbol stands at the front of the car as usual. The new lighting system, headlights using laser technology, the rest are equipped with LED. Rolls-Royce announced the light is 600 meters, wheel size 22 inches.
Rolls-Royce called the Phantom VIII is “the world’s quietest car” because it has 130 kg of sound insulation arranged throughout the engine compartment and around the car. Glass doors in 2 layers. The tires are Silent Seal, which has a special foam coating to reduce tire noise when traveling. Noise on the new generation is reduced by 10% at 100 km / h compared to the old model.
The interior still keeps the luxury spirit of the super brand from the UK. The control panel is a 12.3-inch screen. The highlight of the interior is decorative details called “The Gallery,” stretching to the end of the width of the dashboard.
The Phantom VIII’s new front seat is equipped with more comfortable in design. In particular, the back of the front seat is complemented by a wood panel to enhance the aesthetics, while the picnic table is secretly hidden and entertainment system is integrated to serve people on the back seat.
As I first saw Rolls Royce Phantom VIII car online, I had so many conflicting thoughts from that moment. While I truly fell in love with Rolls Royce Phantom VIII and went actually wow, I remained a bit puzzled and surprised.
Many of the Rolls Royce Phantom VIII’s exterior changes can satisfy any aerodynamic purpose while other design factors are just the groups of fancy. Look at its rear grille, it’s made up of the 3D-printed fins while the headlights are totally different than any supercar. They come with a little horizontal LED strip that can act as the real headlight and a daytime running light.
Now the monster Rolls Royce Phantom VIII is only available in just one color scheme: blue with the titanium liquid silver. It gleams brightly and beautifully in the sun that easily catches the eyes of any beholder. Also, right below the Rolls Royce Phantom VIII logo, you can see a four-square organ pipe exhausts, and then out to the sides, there’s our favorite element: The tail-light designs.
The use of much lighter materials, including the wheels with some body panels succeeds in contributing more to the supercar 77-pound lighter curb weight.
Without a doubt, the Rolls Royce Phantom VIII version is truly a mean machine! But since Bugatti made the car with bent corners instead of blowing through the straight-line runs, it doesn’t mean that it’s slow. The additional aerodynamics can contribute to 198 pounds of the downforce, which can raise up to 1005 pounds.
The engine and technology
Phantom VII has a breakthrough in engine design. The 6.75-liter turbocharged V75 engine achieves the maximum torque boost, reducing emissions to the environment, boosting the car’s maximum power to 563 horsepower. The maximum speed of the car can reach 250 km/h, and only 5.3 seconds to accelerate to 95 km/h.
The intelligent ZF 8-speed gearbox incorporates a GPS to calibrate the transmission time. Phantom VIII can also drive all four wheels. Rear-wheel rotation angle up to 3 degrees at speeds below 60 km / h.
With a self-balancing weight system, drivers do not need to worry when the terrain changes abruptly. Besides, the brakes of Phantom VIII are completely refurbished so that passengers do not fall over while braking.
One point that can not be ignored when introducing Phantom VIII model is the safety system with four panoramic cameras, including high speed, night vision, active cruise control, pedestrian alerts, traffic alerts, lane support, etc. Phantom VIII also features a HUD steering wheel display system, Wi-Fi access, and the latest navigation and entertainment systems.
In conclusion, over the 92 years of the ups and downs, the iconic luxury of Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII has returned in the glory of an authentic king.