Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003)

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Rolls-Royce Phantom

When Motor Cars unveiled the Phantom in 2003, it heralded a new age for the proudly reclaiming its position at the of automotive design and engineering.

to the maxim of company founder Sir Royce – Strive for in everything you do – the design and teams spent four developing this breakthrough Using the most advanced whilst drawing inspiration the company’s rich heritage, goal was clearcut: to develop a century Rolls-Royce that be truly worthy of the famous of Ecstasy.

The result was the Rolls-Royce Built at a new, state-of-the-art plant in Goodwood, this Rolls-Royce ensured the company’s by combining the spirit of its illustrious with ground-breaking technology and engineering techniques.

Creating a identity for the Rolls-Royce Phantom was says chief designer Ian Our priority was to create a car that was a Rolls-Royce from any angle, if the Spirit of Ecstasy or the famous could not be seen.

To identify core essence, the design immersed themselves in the brand and its This revealed classic cues such as a long wide C-pillars and discrete all of which were incorporated the Rolls-Royce Phantom’s design. Its upright stance and dynamic, profile are also unmistakably

Yet advanced features such as a aluminium spaceframe and pioneering petrol-injection engine leave no that this is a car at the cutting of technology.

2003 Rolls-Royce

Exactly the same can be said of the rear coach doors, stand as testament to the sophisticated to be found throughout the Rolls-Royce . Hinged at the back, they rear passengers to enter and the car gracefully, and can be closed at the press of a

The interior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is and contemporary, the simplicity of the design the technology beneath. Any controls not for everyday driving are kept out of until required. The multi-media for example, is hidden behind a panel in the centre of the dashboard normally displays a round, clock.

This apparent extends to the operation of the controls as even the highly sophisticated system can be operated using one button.

A hallmark of Rolls-Royce, and of the Phantom in is the way in which the most advanced combines with traditional to produce something extraordinary. The for the power windows and audio are beautifully crafted ‘violin while the chrome air vents are by traditional ‘organ stops’. with the use of the finest leather and veneers, it is this fusion of technology and hand-craftsmanship that the interior its unique and luxurious

At the core of the Rolls-Royce Phantom is a lightweight, aluminium spaceframe a unique and advanced platform specifically by Rolls-Royce’s engineering to provide a refined and accomplished experience.

Constructed from than 200 box sections of cast extrusion, the Rolls-Royce Phantom’s has the rigidity of a Formula 1 racing Manufactured entirely by hand, around 120 metres of weld, the is finished as if it were a precision each one is checked by laser to accuracy to within a fraction of a The completed frame is then in a computer-guided machining platform the largest in the automotive industry where the critical points are with unparalleled precision.

the need to provide structural the Rolls-Royce Phantom‘s panels are simply fastened to the Made from lightweight and composite materials, they add weight to the car. Only the is formed of steel, engineered to aid the weight distribution so desirable for handling.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom’s and rigid spaceframe provides the for its extraordinary dynamic ability. It has handling – enthusiastic will appreciate the precision which it can be placed on the road but not at the expense of the ride, which is as and comfortable as one would expect of a The spaceframe also helps to noise, vibration and harshness, immensely to the calm and tranquillity of the Phantom‘s interior.

The integrity of the aluminium spaceframe provides significant safety offering excellent occupant Yet it is not the only area in which is built into the Rolls-Royce design. The position of the rear behind the C-pillar, for example, is safer than the conventional next to the doors and negates the for rear side-impact airbags.

In a collision, furthermore, the impact is absorbed by crumple zones to dissipate the force through the and understructure. Naturally, the Rolls-Royce has been engineered to pass all safety legislation.

In addition, the Phantom incorporates a raft of systems utilising the very in technology and controlled by the Intelligent and Information System (ISIS). takes readings from located throughout the car and, in the of an impact, makes up to 4000 a second to establish its severity deploying airbags and, or pre-tensioners as necessary. ISIS in conjunction with the other systems fitted to the Rolls-Royce including Dynamic Stability and Dynamic Traction Control.

At the of the Rolls-Royce Phantom lies its aspirated 6.75-litre V12 engine. specifically for the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and by Rolls-Royce technicians, this engine develops a massive 720 lb ft of 413 lb ft of which is available at 1000 On the road that translates instant, muscular power, the Rolls-Royce Phantom from mph in 5.7 seconds.

Maximising the extraordinary of the Rolls-Royce Phantom V12, a electronically controlled, automatic helps to deliver the seamless, progress for which Rolls-Royce is

The Rolls-Royce Phantom offers an passenger experience, and yet many have suggested that the place to sit is behind the wheel. The from the elevated driver’s down the long sweep of to the Spirit of Ecstasy is the most in motoring, while the beautifully thin-rimmed steering wheel is a to hold and provides instant from the wheels.

Despite its the Rolls-Royce Phantom has excellent and is easy to place accurately corners. Exhilarating yet supremely it delivers a driving experience of and precision.

Exterior finish

modern and immaculately proportioned, the Phantom is a car of extraordinary elegance. the beauty of its exterior design is the lustre of the paintwork, testament to the skill of Goodwood’s paint Five layers of paint and lacquer are applied to each Phantom – seven if a two-tone car – and between application, our technicians sand the by hand.

After the final has been applied, the body is for five hours to give a of unrivalled depth and sheen.

There are 15 standard exterior from which customers can although up to 45,000 different are available through the Bespoke In keeping with Rolls-Royce single or double coachlines can be Almost six metres long, and level, these are painstakingly by hand in a process that three hours for each

Our Bespoke artists can also and apply individual motifs to a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

The timeless of the Rolls-Royce Phantom’s interior with the finest natural to provide a luxurious social in which passengers can relax. and soft leathers give an air of indulgence, while the very in audiovisual technology ensures every journey is as pleasurable as

The rear seats are elevated by 18 mm, rear passengers a peerless out of the car, while head is generous at 979 mm. Lounge seating slightly curved outer allows passengers to turn one another comfortably; if preferred, the option of individual seats may be adding a centre console can be used to house a drinks additional audiovisual equipment or Bespoke items.

The Lexicon system delivers a quality of unrivalled in the automotive world. to recording industry standard, system uses studio-grade components and is unique to the Rolls-Royce , using 15 speakers and a nine-channel to deliver 420 watts of sound.

Two are housed within 16-litre chambers in the space created by the Phantom’s double floor, a combination of 100 mm mid-range and 25 mm tweeter are located in the front and rear on the parcel shelf and above the panel. The result is an acoustic spot’ that encompasses the interior, giving the perfect, listening experience from in the car.

For further entertainment, configuration adds two 12-inch within the veneered picnic in the rear. These screens are to a six-DVD changer and also viewing of digital television, on market restrictions. In combination the Lexicon audio system, option can make any journey in the Phantom a truly cinematic

Craftsmanship

Only the very materials are used in the Rolls-Royce Both the leather hides and the wood veneers are hand-selected by from our leather and wood – to ensure not only they are of the highest quality, but that they have characteristics appropriate to the interior of the Phantom. They are then prepared so that their natural beauty and quality is to best effect.

It takes between 15 and 18 hides to one Phantom – more for the Phantom Extended Wheelbase. one comes from specially herds of cattle, and only the supple … bull are used. Each hide is meticulously by hand to identify any

The 450 individual leather parts are cut out using a precision laser being carefully stitched by

Three different types of are used: natural grain for the and trims, pre-shrunk in sun-lit and tipped (embossed) on the centre and door trims to provide an variation. The barrel-dyeing process to colour the leather gives a uniform pigmentation through the hide whilst maintaining the feel, softness and grain. are 13 standard colours, but many are available through the Bespoke

Depending on specification, up to 43 wood are used in each Rolls-Royce Each of these is constructed up to 28 layers of wood, interspersed thin sheets of aluminium to strength and to prevent splintering in the of an impact.

The wood veneers are sourced from sustainable and chosen for their richness and of grain. There are six standard including Burr Walnut and Eye Maple, but any number are available the Bespoke programme. Whichever choose, customers can be assured of an quality of finish.

Craftsmen, drawn from the yacht-building and cabinet-making industries, carefully every veneer used the Rolls-Royce Phantom. This skilled technique ensures the grain on the left-hand side of panel is an exact mirror of that on the right. Not only this symmetry apply to panel, however, but across the as a whole, giving each Phantom an exquisite and unique

Our craftsmen can also employ marquetry techniques to inlay of a customer’s choice into the veneers. From cross-banding boxwood to inlays of silver or these techniques can be used to a distinctive alternative to the single finish.

While the Rolls-Royce Phantom has an options list, the Bespoke allows customers to create a car is completely personal to them by features that are not usually and 65 per cent of Rolls-Royce customers to do this. Examples include a colour for the paint or leather, or the use of an wood to complement the interior.

may choose to personalise their Phantom by specifying embroidery on the leather: our Bespoke interior can fulfil any request, from initials to embroidered images. tread plates incorporating or pictures can also be produced, featuring an owner’s name or an event or limited edition.

The Phantom’s glovebox has been for adaptation: Bespoke possibilities the fitting of a set of fountain pens or a perhaps complemented by a leather surface in the rear picnic or a Bespoke ashtray. Through to the Rolls-Royce Phantom’s body, the spacious boot can be extended further, giving additional for an 85-litre suitcase. This a total of four large to be stowed.

Whether the request is a gold Spirit of Ecstasy or exhaust pipes, anything is The Bespoke programme is limited by the customer’s imagination.

Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase

In 2005, the was joined by a longer model, the Phantom Extended Wheelbase, offers additional space for passengers while maintaining the of the standard Phantom as well as its driving performance and the comfort of all occupants.

To create the Phantom Wheelbase, an additional 250 mm was added to the passenger compartment behind the The extra length is achieved by using longer extrusions in the of the spaceframe, which was engineered to allow for longer-wheelbase models.

As a no torsional rigidity is lost, so the Phantom Extended Wheelbase not only the powerful looks of the car, but also its outstanding performance and driving refinement. The major new parts required are a new roof and door panels and thanks to Goodwood’s flexible processes, the Phantom Extended can be built alongside the Rolls-Royce without any difficulty.

The interior of the Phantom Extended Wheelbase significant additional space and itself particularly well to the of Bespoke features – for a partition wall for passenger Other possibilities include cabinets in the rear doors or audiovisual equipment, while customers choose to add rear curtains or even a safe in the Through the Bespoke programme, any of options can be explored.

Technical specifications

No of doors/seats: 4 / 5 4)

Vehicle length: 5834 mm / in

Vehicle width: 1990 mm / in

Vehicle height (unladen): mm / 64.3 in

Wheelbase: 3570 mm / in

Turning circle: 13.8 m / ft

Track

front: 1685 mm / in

rear: 1670 mm / 65.7 in

at shoulder height

front: mm / 59.4 in

rear: 1431 mm / in

Leg room

front: 1028 mm / in

rear: 947 mm / 37.3 in

Head

front: 1020 mm / 40.2 in

979 mm / 38.5 in

Boot volume 460 ltr / 16.2 cu ft

Fuel tank 100 ltr / 22 Imp gal

Drag Cd: 0.38

Tyre PAX 265/790 R540 A 111W

size, front and rear: PAX 265 x 540 A

60 V12

Valves: 48

Fuel management: injection

Displacement: 6749 cc / cu in

Stroke: 84.6 mm / 3.33 in

92.0 mm / 3.62 in

Power 453 bhp / 460 PS / 338 kW @ 5350 rpm

Max torque: 720 Nm / 531 lb ft @ 3500 rpm

ratio: 11:1

Top speed: 149 mph / 240 (governed)

Acceleration

0-60 5.7 sec

0-100 km/h: 5.9 sec

0-1000 m: sec

Fuel consumption (EU)

23.2 ltr/100 km / 12.2 mpg

11.3 ltr/100 km / 25.0 mpg

15.7 ltr/100 km / 18.0 mpg

CO2 377 g/km

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