The Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Launches in Geneva

By Paul Joseph

Amongst the myriad of new luxury cars showcased at last month’s Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland was the next generation of the iconic Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Available in four versions, the Phantom Series II models feature a number of augmentations from their predecessors, such as a revised front end presenting reshaped bumpers and a full complement of LED lights contained by rectangular apertures.

The silken 6.75-liter V-12 engine is combined with a new 8-speed automatic transmission replacing the former 6-speed unit. Performance remains the same, with 0-60 mph achievable in less than six seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 149 mph.

Other notable changes include new headlamps delivering a brighter, whiter light, and electronically manipulated reflectors that automatically reshape the headlamps’ field of illumination in response to changes in speed, and aim the light in the direction of travel during cornering.

On the cars’ interior, there is a new, easier-to-operate multimedia controller and a sharp, 8.8-inch central display. Furthermore, a revised GPS navigation system features 3-D topographical maps, and selectable front, rear, and top-down camera views ease the burden of parking and low-speed manoeuvring.

Prices for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II models, which will go on sale from September, range from $398,970 for the standard model, $470,295 for the Phantom Extended Wheelbase, $429,295 for the Phantom Coupé, and $469,900 for the Phantom Drophead Coupé.

By Paul Joseph