Rolls-Royce Phantom

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Rolls-Royce Phantom

For generations, were the automotive equivalent of a wedding dress. Pretty, but who you to fool, honey? Yes, the said Rolls-Royce, but wink-wink, nudge, Elton John his in rhinestones, but come on — they very good cars. we’d love to get our mits on a IV. Or better yet, a Camargue!

But then you’re talking 189 hp a 6.75-liter V8 coupled to a GM 3-speed Woo frigging hoo. And at least the was kinda nifty looking.

Rollers are frumpy, bulgy things. But they had a lot of leather and and wool and odds are you weren’t the driving anyhow, so did it really that the emperor was wearing more than a pair of To BMW it did.

Flush with and hubris BMW purchased Rolls-Royce in and set about modernizing the moribund Volkswagen had gobbled up Bentley and was to stick two turbochargers into a Phaeton and call it a Continental. was busy breathing life into the Maybach name an elongated S-Class fitted twin-turbos.

BMW then had every reason and to stick a massive grill on 7-Series, plumb in a couple of and pray that the NBA takes a to their new Rolls. Only didn’t. Instead, BMW took a

No, BMW decided it best if they a new car from the ground up. Well, from the ground up. True, 15% of the Phantom is shared with the but those are mostly bits and like the motors for the windows and Essentially meaningless.

Besides, the check engine light on Roller is from a 760Li is less jarring than the cup holder in your DB9 comes a Five Hundred Taurus. the 6.75-liter V12 is based on BMW’s V12. Other than the Phantom is bespoke.

The engineers with an aluminum space While more complex and than a monocoque design, a frame has the advantage of being more rigid — like all NASCARs. I remember speaking a person intimately involved the Phantom project about the of the chassis and him whispering, It’s so over-engineered. You could drive it a brick wall, through a

We made it much, much than it needed to be. Indeed, the chassis is twice as stiff as an F1 despite being severely massive. Even the dashboard is a solid hunk of magnesium.

As far as engine goes, the modest in displacement only nets a few over BMW’s 6.0-liter (453 hp vs. 438 hp) however, the torque is significant. That extra quarters of a liter (and ECU rejiggering) raises the twist a mighty 444 lb-ft to a massive, 531 lb-ft.

That much is of course what allows the lbs. beast to hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds same as a WRX for those keeping on its way to a limited top speed of 150 mph. The can also run the quarter-mile in 14.03 @ 100 Not bad for a yacht.

One more bit of fun; in lieu of a RR fitted the Phantom with a power meter. Simply under acceleration the car lets you how much power you have in Supposedly, unless you have the car out at 150 mph, the big Roller always has left to give.

But of course about the Phantom’s performance is a bit arguing about Gisele IQ. That’s not why you buy a Rolls-Royce. Obviously, are faster cars. There are faster sedans.

But there are better. Nor more luxurious. your Maybach have Art lighting fixtures? We didn’t so. Or organ stops to control the

In fact, aren’t your — gasp — from the S-Class? In I believe your Maybach wheel is also from a and says SRS. The Phantom’s looks like it was ripped the Honey Fitz . As for seats, the Maybach has reclining lounge pilfered from a Learjet. the Phantom features a couch.

As Clarkson noted, he’s there isn’t a wood stove. Yes, the Maybach has a address system so you can yell at the but honestly, why would you ever to talk to the peasantry? Just your chauffer shoot

The options list and attention to are simply staggering. Do you require an trunk mounted safe to the space frame? Done. Or how a chilled wine cooler trimmed of course) instead?

Not a We particularly like the humidor into the glove box. For a Rolls-Royce will happily your entire interior out of a tree. All the leather comes Bavaria, but not from cows as leather is too stretchy.

No, every of hide inside the Phantom is bulls. Squirrel and ox hair is for the brushes to apply the pin striping not making that up). even festoon the thing and out with your family should you so desire.

And we do desire — all we need is a family Everything mentioned is just the tip of the ridiculous iceberg, for in Crewe ultimately talks.

Reportedly it three hours to hand that pin stripe

Then of there are the Phantom’s looks. Like a few other cars we can of (Nissan’s new GT-R springs to pictures do not in any way do the big Rolls justice. in California by Marek Djordjevic the simply gets it right — he got the tail lights right cars have tiny lights).

I happen to live on a corner and one day a gray Phantom along. I stood jaw dropped as the kept coming and coming and One cannot overstate its size. Nor its

In fact, that week I to be testing the Ford F250 and the big Brit was in no way dwarfed by the giant Quite unlike every car on the road, I should add. To see one is to one. Perhaps this is why took a sharp upswing in the Phantom’s third year of We’ll take the long-wheelbase with the in-floor foot and the dual televisions, black on with yellow seat and stainless steel veneer please.

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