The Indian launch of the Rolls Royce Phantom VIII has taken place and the ultimate luxury car is priced from Rs. 9.5 crore onwards while the LWB version comes for a jaw dropping Rs. 11.5 crore onwards. Paul Harris, the Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Rolls Royce Motor Cars, elaborated on the Phantom’s rich legacy and how the Phantom VIII creates newer standards by way of bespoke luxury. He added that Rolls Royce customers are aware that they are choosing the finest in luxury and India will continue to remain a vital market for the brand. There are more successful Indians who want luxury that is authentic and bespoke and hence future growth is expected according to Harris.
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The Phantom VIII comes with its new Pantheon grille while the Spirit of Ecstasy and portrait grille move higher. The 103EX and Rolls Royce Silver Cloud seem to be defining influences for the design of the front fascia. The headlamps get a daytime running light ring and the laser light setup which has a range surpassing 600 metres. The 2018 Phantom offers the best interiors with modern touches such as the LED 12.3-inch display unit. The analogue clock has now moved to the passenger part of the car’s dashboard, next to the central console. This design pattern follows a similar style seen in other cars like the Rolls Royce Wraith, Dawn and Ghost.
There are handcrafted and newly made seats for the Phantom VIII along with electrically operated rear picnic tables and rear theatre monitors placed behind the wood panelling on the rear of the seats in front. There are rear seating choices like the lounge seat, individual seats with a fixed centre console or occasional armrest and also the lounge seat. The sleeping seat option is brand new of course.
The fixed central console option comes with perks like a drinks cabinet comprising of champagne flutes, whisky glasses, a decanter and coolbox. This is also the biggest Starlight Headliner from Rolls Royce, a signature touch like no other! The V12 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged engine touches 100 kilometres per hour in only 5.3 seconds in spite of the car weighing a massive two and a half tonnes. The engine belts out 563 hp and 900 Nm of peak torque and is paired to the Satellite aided 8-speed transmission system which assesses the style of the driver and the location to optimize the gear shifts.
The Flagbearer camera and stereo system is a part of the windscreen and maps the road ahead while adjusting the suspension system likewise. The length, width and height of the Mk8 Phantom stands at 5762 mm, 2018 mm and 1646 mm respectively. The wheelbase stands at 3552 mm and the LWB version scales this up by 200 mm as per reports. The Architecture of Luxury is used for the first time by Rolls Royce with the 2018 Phantom and this also ensures 30% additional rigidity as compared to the spaceframe architecture of the Mk7 Phantom.