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Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003)
Rolls-Royce
aka Phantom VII
Production 2003-present
Class Ultra-Luxury
Body Style 4-door, 4/5-seat Sedan
Length 228 in
Width 74.8 in
Height 64 in
Wheelbase 140.1 in
Weight 5478 lb
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
Maybach 57
Maybach 62
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 has a 6.8 L, 48-valve, V12 engine that produces 453 hp (338 kW) and 531 ft·lbf (720 N·m) of torque. The engine is derived from BMW's existing V12 powerplant.

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.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Rolls-Royce Phantom Review.

Recent ChangesEdit

  • 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. [1]
  • 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.[2]
  • For MY 2010, Rolls-Royce updates the Phantom with a very subtle front fascia face lift. [3][4]
  • 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. [5]
  • 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. [6][7]

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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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"I didn't want to like that car. I wanted to say it is too big, too German and too vulgar." - Top Gear

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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. [2]
  • In July 2006, Rolls Royce produced a limited edition run of 25 cars called the "Phantom Black" [3]

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom has appeared in various music videos.

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See AlsoEdit

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ROLLS-ROYCE

The BMW Group


BMW | Rolls-Royce | MINI


Current Models: Phantom (VII) · Phantom Drophead Coupé · Phantom Coupé · Ghost

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

Concept Cars: 1EX · 100EX · 101EX · 200EX Concept

Specials: FAB 1 · Silver Ghost Boat Tail Speedster · Silver Spur Hooper Landaulette · Phantom II Star of India


Spirit of Ecstasy · Bentley · Rolls-Royce of America


Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls Corporate website A brand of BMW AG


ReferencesEdit

  1. "BMW Group Press Releases". BMW Group. http://www.bmwgroup.com. Retrieved October 2 2006. 
  2. http://www.jalopnik.com/cars/rollsroyce/
  3. http://www.autoblog.com/2006/07/06/phantom-black-25-car-limited-run-from-rolls-royce

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