|Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003)|
|Body Style||4-door, 4/5-seat Sedan|
|Transmission||6-speed Automatic, RWD|
|Engine||6.75 litre twinturbocharged V12|
|Power|| 453 hp @ N/A rpm|
531 lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
|Similar|| Bentley Mulsanne|
|Designer|| Marek Djordjevic (Exterior)|
Ian Cameron (Interior)
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is an ultra-luxury sedan automobile made by Rolls-Royce in Great Britain, a BMW subsidiary. It was launched in 2003 and is the first Rolls-Royce branded car made under the ownership of BMW.
It is 1.63 m (63 in) tall, 1.99 m (74.8 in) wide, 5.83 m (228 in) long, and weighs 2485 kg (5478 lb). The body of the car is built on an aluminium space frame and the Phantom can accelerate to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 5.7 s. It has a six-speed automatic transmission and double wishbone suspension.
The Phantom features side markers on all vehicles (rear ones are red in the U.S. to comply with federal car lighting rules).
An extended wheelbase Phantom was presented in March 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show, which is 250 mm longer than the standard Phantom.
BMW went to great lengths to distinguish the Phantom from their own range. Although some 15 percent of components are shared with other BMW models such as the BMW 7 Series, the Phantom retains the traditional Rolls-Royce design cues.
The intention was to avoid being seen as just an extension to the BMW range. When Mercedes introduced its Maybach luxury saloon, it was criticized of producing "the ultimate Mercedes" instead of a separately branded car. The car shared many components with and looked like the less expensive S-Class Sedan. BMW learned from this lesson, selling the Phantom through separate dealerships where BMWs are not sold, while the Maybach showroom in London also sells the most basic of Mercedes models.
The aluminium spaceframe body is built in a BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany and the V12 engine in Munich. Final assembly to each customer's individual specification is at a purpose built €100M plant at Goodwood, West Sussex, England. The Goodwood plant contains only two robots to paint the spaceframe body; all other work is done by hand, in respect of the Rolls-Royce tradition.
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- For 2011, Rolls-Royce has created a bespoke 1/1 Phantom specific to the UAE market. The Baynunah Phantom features BMW-sourced Milano Beige paint, an Everflex tan roof, a gold plated Spirit of Ecstasy, 21-inch seven-spoke wheels, Walnut bur trim with a camel harness-inspired wood inlay, a Starlight headliner, rear lounge seats, and RR logo embroidered headrests. 
- Exclusive to the Persian Gulf, Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Phantom Bespoke Collection program that allows customers to specify all manner of trim and color options beyond the usual range of choices. The program is limited only to six vehicles.
- For Christmas 2008, Rolls-Royce unveiled a new special edition of the Phantom for the well-heeled dubbed the Phantom Sapphire Edition. It is based on the long wheelbase variant and is coated exclusively in Milori Sapphire livery. Inside, customers will be able to treat themselves to two interior treatments: navy blue leather with seashell highlights or seashell leather with navy blue highlights, each trimmed with walnut burr veneer inlaid with a diamond-pattern. Toys come in the form of an aluminum billet bottle chiller below the rear seats, a parcel shelf containing hand-engraved crystal tumblers, sapphire be-jeweled Rolls Royce clock, a Conway Stewart fountain pen set and solid silver key fobs that come in a lacquered, walnut veneer box. 
- For the Centennial Anniversary of the historic Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost on June 2007, Rolls-Royce has unvelied a special edition Phantom named, relatively simply, the Phantom Silver
- At the 2007 Middle East Motor Show held in Dubai on November of that year, Rolls-Royce announced the launch of a limited edition version of the Phantom, dubbed, the Phantom Tungsten edition. The car features a relatively mild restyling which follows in the footsteps of the 101EX Concept and the Drophead Coupe. A ‘Xirallic’ Tungsten livery covers the sheetmetal except for the hood which now sports the Drophead's signature brushed aluminum bonnet. Other exterior upgrades include seven-spoke 21in forged aluminum wheels and chrome-plated stainless steel exhaust pipes. Inside, the car is as extravagant as befits a car of this calibre. Smoke Grey leather with contrasting Navy Blue hide for the dashboard and armrests are draped throughout the cabin broken only by the vast expanses of straight-grained East Indian Rosewood. The centerpiece, however, is taken directly from the 101EX - the headliner is fitted with 800 fiber-optic lights to create the impression of a star-filled night sky. 
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- Instead of a tachometer, the car has a power reserve dial indicating how much of the engine's power is left available to the driver.
- The rear doors are rear-hinged, a style referred to as suicide doors. An electronic lock prevents the doors from being accidentally opened when moving.
- The rear doors feature pop-out umbrellas.
- The traditional Spirit of Ecstasy ornament has an electronic retraction mechanism to prevent theft and protect pedestrians in the event of an accident. It may also be retracted by the driver at the touch of a button.
- The 'RR' logos on each of the wheel hubs are independent bezels in order to always remain upright while the wheel is rotating.
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Current Generation: (2003–present)Edit
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- BMW have set a lifetime limit that only 10,000 units of the Phantom will be built.
- The base price is £250,000 in the UK and $340,000 in the US.
- As of October 2004, only 555 Phantoms were sold, down from a target of 1,000 units per year. Many say this is due to the slow set-up of the dealer network. By the end of the year, the company expected to have sold between 750 and 800. However, at that stage, Rolls-Royce was selling twice as many cars as its closest rival Maybach.
- The 2000th car rolled out of the Goodwood factory in December 2005. 
- In July 2006, Rolls Royce produced a limited edition run of 25 cars called the "Phantom Black" 
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Historic Models: Silver Seraph · Silver Spur / Flying Spur · Silver Spirit · Silver Shadow · Silver Cloud · Silver Wraith · Silver Dawn · Silver Ghost · 10 HP · 15 HP · 20 HP · 20/25 · 30 HP · 25/30 · Wraith · Camargue · Corniche · Phantom I · Phantom II · Phantom III · Phantom IV · Phantom V · Phantom VI · Armoured Car · Legalimit
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- ↑ "BMW Group Press Releases". BMW Group. http://www.bmwgroup.com. Retrieved October 2 2006.
- ↑ http://www.jalopnik.com/cars/rollsroyce/
- ↑ http://www.autoblog.com/2006/07/06/phantom-black-25-car-limited-run-from-rolls-royce
News & References
- Q & A With Paul Wood of P&A Wood - Creators Of The Gaines Wood Phantom Winding Road
- Gold Standard: Rolls-Royce Releases Images and Pricing on Phantom Silver
- Rolls-Royce Phantom Tungsten edition
- Rolls Royce builds limited edition ‘Peony’ Phantom for UAE
- Another special edition Rolls-Royce for the Middle East
- Rolls-Royce does another special edition Phantom, this time in Sapphire
- Phantom gets a Phacelift: Rolls-Royce sedan updated for 2009
- Rolls Royce Phantom Updated for 2009
- Sheikh, Rattle and Rolls: Another special Phantom for Abu Dhabi
- Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe Shaheen and Baynunah bespoke editions