Rolls-Royce ’s all-new Phantom is rumored to appear at least three years from now, but the work on the sketches of the extravagant model have already led chief designer Giles Taylor’s team to start dreaming about what the model will look like when it’s all said and done. The new platform for the car, on the other hand, is yet undecided.
Rolls-Royce currently uses exclusive spaceframe chassis to build their vehicles but the think-tank at the parent company BMW is considering a new recipe for the architecture of the second-generation Phantom; one similar to the frame on the BMW i3 and i8 . The futuristic i3 uses carbon-fiber body shells screwed onto an aluminum chassis. This new construction would allow Rolls-Royce to lower manufacturing costs and take advantage of lighter body, which would also improve the efficiency of the car and allow the construction of pillar-less shells with wider range of Phantom models.
Also on the docket for the next generation is a plug-in hybrid Phantom to complement the traditional V-12-powered version. But what about pure electric?
Hybrid and pure-electric concepts are gaining a strong grip on the market, and the rival companies like Audi and Porsche have already indicated strongly that their future luxury models will feature electric-powered versions. On the other hand, BMW is still pondering upon an all-electric vehicle, but it seems unlikely as of now.
The new Phantom will not be a complete makeover visually. The next-generation Phantom will still carry the similar silhouette of the current Phantom with the angled C-pillar, which provides a lot of privacy to the occupants and is one of main ideas behind the Phantom. The all-new Phantom will carry updated front grille, headlamps and air intake.
Image Note: 2014 Rolls-Royce Phantom shown here.
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The historic Mulsanne reincarnated with all the glory. The exquisite looking Bentley Mulsanne is of the most-premium sedans available. The 2014 iteration is powered by as massive, 6.75-liter, V-8 engine mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The engine produces 505 horsepower along with huge torque of 752 pound-feet of torque. This is enough power to rocket this 5,976-pound sled to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.
The 2014 Mulsanne starts out at $305,325, and likely won’t change much between now and the release of the next-gen Phantom.
Rolls Royce Phantom is in its seventh generation right now. The car went into production as the replacement model for the Silver Ghost in 1925, and it featured push-rod overhead valves. The four-door sedan underwent many name changes before Phantom II came in 1929. Initially, the car was christened as New Phantom, which later changed to Phantom I.
The Phantom II came as its replacement and carried the same engine as the previous model, but with an all-new chassis. Rolls-Royce also made a special version called the Continental, which featured shorter wheelbase and stiffer suspension. The U.S. market received Phantom II models made in Derby, as the Massachusetts factory was closed down after the Phantom I was discontinued. Rolls-Royce only made the chassis, engine and mechanical parts of the vehicle, while everything else was provided by coachbuilder of owner’s choice.
In 1936, Rolls-Royce launched the Phantom III replacing the previous model and this became the sole V-12 Rolls-Royce until 1998 when Silver Seraph was introduced. A total of just 727 V-12 Phantom III chassis were built between 1936 and 1939. The Phantom III went out of production after 1939.
Rolls-Royce again launched the Phantom brand with Phantom IV in 1950. This model became the rarest Rolls-Royce ever built with only 18 models ever produced. Rolls-Royce reserved the Phantom brand for royalty and heads of the state and powered the car with a 5.7-liter, inline-eight-cylinder power- plant. This model also got the bodywork from individual coachbuilders and emblem of Spirit of Ecstasy was put on the bonnets for the first time ever on a Phantom model. The last model was built in 1956.
In 1959, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V came out. The super-luxurious four-door saloon was based on the Silver Cloud II and carried the same V-8 engine of 6,230cc displacement along with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The exclusive car was owned by many high profile personalities including Queen Elizabeth and her daughter Queen Elizabeth II.
The Phantom VI came out in 1968 based on the Phantom V with new engine which was also powering Silver Shadow. The 4-door luxury car usually came in limousine form largely made by Mulliner Park Ward. Frua based in Italy made at least two convertibles, one with two doors and the other one with four. There were two engine options both in V-8 configuration in 6.2-liter and 6.75-liter. The production stopped in 1990 after total of 374 units.
The Phantom flagship was reintroduced in 2003 and continues to be available in the market. This the first model introduced after BMW took-over the brand. The car is assembled in Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood. The current Phantom is available in 2-door drophead convertible and 2-door coupe style along with 4-door saloon. A V-12 6.75-liter engine powers the car with maximum power of 453 horse