Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II revealed
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Saloon
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Coupe
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Drophead Coupe
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Extended Wheelbase
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6th March, 2012
In the first half of the 20th century, Sir Henry Royce famously urged his
employees to strive for perfection in all that they did – and “to take the best that exists and make it better”.
Today, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars continues to embrace the finest principles of its founding father by proudly presenting
Phantom Series II at Switzerland's 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Reflecting the world in which we live, this family of cars – including Phantom Saloon, Phantom Drophead Coupé and
Phantom Coupé – have been updated with contemporary yet timeless design enhancements that frame the introduction of
cutting-edge technologies which improve the car’s drive-train, ease-of-use and connectivity.
“From launch in 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom established itself as the benchmark in automotive luxury, a
reputation it has held ever since,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “These cars are
timeless in their appeal, but technology moves rapidly and we cannot afford to stand still.”
“Today, I am delighted to present Phantom Series II, a family of models that feature significant improvements in
design, drive-train and technology. As a consequence of these changes, we will continue to present with pride the best
motor cars in the world, which re-confirm Rolls-Royce’s position at the very pinnacle of the ultra-luxury goods
New LED lighting:
Rolls-Royce Director of Design, Ian Cameron, likens the evolution of Phantom Series II design to a “familiar theme,
lit in a different way”. And Phantom’s striking new front-end, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures,
perhaps best encapsulates the essence of the significant changes that lie beneath.
Rolls-Royce includes full LED headlamps as standard. As well as delivering a characteristic whiter light, augmenting
safety and assisting with slowing driver tiredness, these allow for the introduction of new technologies that better
Curve light functionality, for example, uses electronically-controlled reflectors to focus headlamp beams in the
direction of travel, providing greater illumination of the road ahead when cornering. Adaptive headlamps change the cone
of light projected onto a road – effortlessly of course – in response to different driving speeds.
Effortless as standard
Every part of the Phantom experience should be effortless, so new driver assistance technologies and a modern user
interface with re-designed multi-media controller have been introduced for Phantom Series II. The new satellite
navigation system has been fully updated with functions that include 3D maps with landscape topography, guided tours and
enhanced points of interest, as well as composite route planning.
Information, maps and video content are presented on Phantom’s larger 8.8 inch control centre display, a feature
underlined by eight programmable bookmarks presenting access to key functions at a driver’s fingertips. Front, rear and
top-view camera systems further augment ease of manoeuvring. When reverse parking, for example, rear path prediction
automatically deploys on the screen.
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Waftability and sublime ride
The word waftability has long been part of the Rolls-Royce lexicon, with models past and present being renowned for
their magnificent ride experience. Phantom Series II reinforces the company’s reputation for both.
A new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential enhance already exemplary driving dynamics perfectly
complementing the V12 direct injection engine. Fuel consumption improves by 10 per cent on the combined cycle and CO2
emissions fall from 388 to 347 g/km as a consequence.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Series I was launched on 1st January 2003, following a five-year development phase, under new
ownership of the BMW Group. In addition to bringing a flagship Rolls-Royce to life, the company also built its
state-of-the-art headquarters and production site on the historic Goodwood estate, in the heart of the English
countryside. This unprecedented achievement was all the more impressive for a brand that shouldered a weight of
expectation that came with the famous Rolls-Royce name and Spirit of Ecstasy as its mascot of excellence.
In 2005, Rolls-Royce launched Extended Wheelbase to complement Phantom Saloon. This was followed by the launch of
unforgettable open-top motoring courtesy of Phantom Drophead Coupé in 2007 and the ultimate grand tourer – Phantom Coupé
– which was launched in 2008.