Rolls-Royce Phantom – The best car in the world

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Posted by Ian Lamming on Wednesday, 10 April 2019

AS a driver there can no other car in which I would rather be driven, or should I say chauffeured, than this.

Don’t misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with being behind the wheel of the latest Rolls-Royce Phantom, how could there be? But it is with genuine envy that I view my 10-year-old languishing in the back, Simon Cowell-like, barely clearing the deep pile of the carpet, of the latest Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Opulent is a word over-used but, on this occasion, it is entirely appropriate. The up-lit gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy, which sits atop the hallmark hand-polished Pantheon grille, sets the tone for the most luxurious car in the world – nothing else comes close.

Eighth generation Phantom remains top of the range. Its proportions are palatial, it is simply bigger than anything else on the road, which it has to be given the levels of decadence within.

Weirdly, what looks intimidatingly large in the gravel drive soon shrinks to more manageable proportions once behind the wheel. The steering column is just there, the controls all within reach and the imperious thrones leave you feeling you are driving a big SUV, but nothing larger. I wouldn’t want to drive it around a multi-storey car park, but I don’t mind taking it down narrow country lanes – let’s face it, if you meet anyone, they will surely retire.

Chauffeurs are in for a real treat. The obsidian-smooth 6.75 litre V12 glides as a limousine should but also has real lift when required, perhaps when the owners are tucked up in their chambers and he fancies a quick run to the chippy, using the might of the 571PS, 900Nm motor. When in formal service it wafts along, bobbing gently over the lumps and bumps of life and tackling the twists and turns with surprising aplomb.

The cockpit is lavish, crafted, literally a work of art, the stuff of luxury pianos and drawing room furniture, not the traditional functionality of automotive life, though somehow it combines both behind a sheet of toughened glass.

But it is in the rear where owners will prefer to reside. Backwards-opening doors open smoothly to a world of pure luxury, a realm topped and tailed by starlight bejewelled headliner and deep pile carpets. No need to stretch for the door, just press a button on the pillar and it closes for you, while other switches draw the curtains across side and rear windows, obscuring the paparazzi’s view.

Leather armchairs recline and massage away the stresses and strains of being wealthy while the champagne chills in the centre console. Foot rests rise from the floor and screens drop down from the back of the seats offering a range of functions from TV to maps.

Occupants are cocooned in a sphere of sumptuousness where they can also listen to a symphony of sound from the bespoke hi-fi developed by Rolls-Royce for their customers alone. The chances of noise intrusion are minimal thanks to unfathomable efforts to create the most silent motor car in the world, including 6mm two-layer glazing all around the car and more than 130kg of sound insulation. There is also double skin alloy within the floor and bulkhead of the spaceframe and dense foam and felt layers to provide ‘sound insulation not witnessed before in the car industry’, according to Rolls-Royce.

Other unseen levels of comfort and refinement introduced into the Phantom Suite include heated surfaces operated in conjunction with the seat warmers. These include the front door armrests, front centre console lid, lower C-Pillar, rear side armrests, with all individual seats, and rear centre armrest; unheard of!

When it is time to alight, and in the event of inclement weather, the huge coach doors carry pop-out golf umbrellas to keep you dry.

Rolls-Royce has been crafting pure luxury for the past 94 years and the latest Phantom embodies that obsession with quality. Phantom offers a unique and privileged glimpse of a brand that has earned its reputation for making the best car in the world.


Fact File

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Engine: 6.75 litre V12

Power: 571PS

0-60mph:  5.1secs

Top speed: 155mph

Combined MPG: 20.3

Transmission: automatic

CO2 g/km: 318

Price: from £360,000.00

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