Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII – What to Expect
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has always been an iconic ultra luxury icon, sported by the rich and often famous. From business executives to rappers and ball players, it’s the ultimate in British motoring designs.
The 8th generation of the Phantom (often referred to simply as the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII) is set to premier in 2017 (which is technically under the 2018 model), although that’s not entirely set in stone. High-end car manufacturers are notorious for delaying release dates, so nobody will be able to say for sure when it will be released until manufacturing actually begins.
Speculation on the New Design
As the 8th iteration of the Phantom, Rolls Royce has technically just updated the previous models to be refreshed and relevant to the current market. It’s still based on the same BMW platform as the previous models, and many of the core design elements remain the same.
However, Rolls Royce is faced with a problem, as competitors such as Mercedes begin to unveil competitive models like their new Maybach designs. To cope with these challenges, the new Phantom will be an entirely updated generation, even if the underlying platform remains the same as it has been since it the platform itself was updated back in 2003.
Officials from Rolls Royce have been quiet (as is common from companies when it comes to new model announcements), so much of the determinations of new model features have come simply from speculation based on elements of the new design revealed through candid spy shots taken during test drives outside the manufacturing plant. With that in mind, there are several hints that the new model will feature an entirely new engine, suggesting the new Phantom VIII will have more power than any generation before.
A Hybrid Phantom?
Among several brand new features that will be available for the first time on the Phantom VIII, there are strong indications that the model will feature (for the very first time) a hybrid model, possibly including a plug-in electric hybrid design. This would allow owners to simply plug their car in while parked in a garage and recharge the batteries, only relying on gasoline power when the batteries run out.
Other charging possibilities are immense, ranging from parking garage electric vehicle plug-in stations, to even greener options, like solar car ports. These car ports are covered with solar panels, allowing the vehicle to recharge during bright light conditions, and then simply be cranked up and driven around as usual. Until the batteries run out, the new model could hypothetically be powered entirely by solar energy.
One problem plaguing many hybrid or electric vehicles is the weight of the batteries. Surprisingly, the Phantom is one of the best platforms for a company to unveil a proposed hybrid solution. With an almost 6,000 pound curb weight as it is, the platform is much heavier than most cars – meaning it was designed from the ground up to handle a great deal of weight. In other words, in comparison to other cars, the Phantom can pack on a couple thousand extra pounds of battery weight without making much of a difference. For lesser cars, this would entirely change the driving performance to an unacceptable level.
On an official capacity, Rolls Royce has ruled out the possibility of an entirely electric model, but the hybrid possibility is apparently a strong option that might make its reveal at one of the upcoming major car shows.
Expectations of the New Phantom
Based on previous models, it’s easy to expect only the best from the new Phantom. Reception of the last designs has been nothing but overwhelmingly positive, with Top Gear giving the old Phantom a pure 10 out of 10 when it comes to the overall quality of the vehicle design. Presenter Jeremy Clarkson noted rare touches such as hand stitched leather that was chosen only from bulls who have been raised in fields without barbed wire to ensure a flawless interior.
Overall, we can certainly expect the new Phantom to amaze.