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2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom launched in India. Prices for the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII start at Rs 9.5 crores with the extended wheelbase variant commanding a price tag of 11.35 crore (all prices are ex-showroom, India). The new Rolls-Royce Phantom is the eighth generation of the sedan to bear the iconic name since 1925 and the second built since BMW took over the British marque in 1998.
Powering the Phantom VIII from Rolls-Royce is a twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine that produces 563bhp @ 5,000rpm and 900Nm of torque @ 1,700rpm.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII's engine sends power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF featuring a GPS receiver which analyses the car's location and speed to optimise shift timing.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII sprints from 0-100kph in 5.3 seconds (the extended wheelbase variant is a tenth of a second slower) and has a top speed of 250kph.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is based on an all-new aluminium spaceframe chassis dubbed the 'The Architecture of Luxury'. The new Architecture of Luxury platform will underpin every upcoming Rolls-Royce including the British luxury carmaker's first-ever SUV, the Cullinan.
The new Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII measures in at 5,762mm long, 2,018mm wide, 1,646mm tall and has a 3,552mm long wheelbase. The extended wheelbase variant of the Phantom is 220mm longer at 5,982mm which is seen in the wheelbase which measures in at 3,772mm. The extended wheelbase variant of the Phantom is also 10mm taller than the 'regular' Phantom at 1,656mm.
Regarding design, the new Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is more evolutionary than revolutionary sharing its predecessor's short overhangs, massive bonnet and the set back passenger compartment along with the iconic suicide doors at the rear.
The front end is sharper than before and features laser headlamps and the revised Parthenon grille sits higher up, in turn, raising the iconic spirit of Ecstacy by around half an inch. The rear end of the new Phantom evokes its predecessors from the 50s and 60s with the roof smoothly flowing into the boot lid.
The interior of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom is now more customisable than ever before thanks to the introduction of the Gallery, a large glass panel on the dashboard which allows for three-dimensional pieces of art to be installed behind it.
The interior also features more heated sections including the front door armrests, front centre console lid, lower C-Pillar, rear side armrests along with all the individual seats, and the rear centre armrest. Customers can choose from numerous leather upholstery options and there are numerous options including different types of wood finishes on offer for the various trim pieces.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On The Launch Of The New Rolls-Royce Phantom In India
The launch of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII in India sees a new benchmark set for the Indian luxury car market. With prices starting at Rs 9.5 crore ex-showroom, the new Rolls-Royce Phantom is priced a lot higher than before but for the nation's rich and famous who bought the Phantom VII in droves, it is a price they won't mind paying.