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Rolls-Royce Phantom
Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Parent company BMW Group
Production 2003–present
Assembly Goodwood plant, Chichester, West Sussex, England
Predecessor Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style(s) 2-door drophead coupe/convertible
4-door saloon
Layout FR layout
Engine(s) 6.75 L V12 453 bhp (338 kW)
Transmission(s) ZF 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 140.6 in (3,571 mm)[1]
Extended Wheelbase: 150.4 in (3,820 mm)[2]
Length 2004–08 SWB: 229.7 in (5,834 mm)
Extended Wheelbase: 239.8 in (6,091 mm)[2]
2009–present SWB: 229.9 in (5,839 mm)[1]
Width 78.3 in (1,989 mm)[2][1]
Height 2004–08: 64.3 in (1,633 mm)
2009–present: 1,638 mm (64.5 in)[1]
Extended Wheelbase: 64.6 in (1,641 mm)[2]
Kerb weight 2,550 kg (5,600 lb)[1]
Extended Wheelbase: 2,670 kg (5,900 lb)[2]
Related Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
Designer Marek Djordjevic
Ian Cameron

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is a saloon automobile made in the United Kingdom by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, a BMW subsidiary. It was launched in 2003 and is the first model introduced during the BMW era. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé, and the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, are both based on the 2003 Phantom. It also won the Top Gear Car of the Year Award for 2003.

Initial release (2003–2012)Edit

ConstructionEdit

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V12 engine of a 2008 Phantom
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The Phantom uses a unique chassis platform, body, interior, and retains traditional Rolls-Royce design cues. The body is mostly aluminium.

Final assembly, including all body, paint, wood, and leather work, is completed to each customer's individual specification at the Rolls-Royce plant in Goodwood, West Sussex. The plant is close to the historic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit.

The plant contains the paint shop, body shop, leather shop, woodworking shop, assembly line, and executive offices under one roof.[3] There are only three robots in the factory. The robots paint the body; the paint is polished by hand after the robots spray each coat. The coachlines, which are exactly 3 mm (0.1 in) wide, are done, as well as all other work, by hand, in keeping with the Rolls-Royce tradition.[4]

It has a 6.75 litre, 48-valve, V12 engine that produces 453 bhp (338 kW/459 PS) and 720 N·m (530 lb·ft) of torque. The engine is derived from BMW's N73 V12 powerplant and is assembled by BMW. It uses direct fuel injection, and is a drive by wire design, using valvetronic technology. The power output is regulated by infinitely varying valve lift by moving the rockers and rocker fulcrums via electric servos, rather than using the throttle body. The throttle body is maintained for fail-safe operation.

The aluminium extrusions that are used to construct the aluminium spaceframe are produced in Norway using hydroelectric power, shaped and machined in Denmark and finally hand-welded in Germany.[5]

It is 1.63 m (64.2 in) tall, 1.99 m (78.3 in) wide, 5.83 m (229.5 in) long, and weighs 2,485 kg (5,478 lb). The body of the car is built on an aluminium space frame and the Phantom can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 s and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 60 s. It has a six-speed automatic transmission and double wishbone suspension. The transmission is sourced from ZF of Germany. The vehicle electronics are sourced from BMW.

BMW originally intended to use a 9.0L V16 engine in the Phantom, as they wanted the ultimate engine for the ultimate luxury car of the 21st century. BMW designed and developed several examples of the V16, but at the last moment BMW decided use a more economical V12 engine. The engine can be seen in the concept Rolls-Royce 100EX. A V16 model Phantom was used in the film Johnny English Reborn at the specific request of Rowan Atkinson.[6][7]

An extended wheelbase Phantom was presented in March 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show, which is 250 mm (9.8 in) longer than the standard Phantom. It is currently referred to as the Phantom Extended Wheelbase[8] (or EWB).

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A Rolls-Royce Phantom owned by the Sultan of Kedah, Abdul Halim of Kedah
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Novel featuresEdit

  • Customers can choose from 44,000 paint colours, and specify any leather colour.[9]
  • Car has a power reserve dial indicating how much of the engine's power is left available to the driver. The instrument cluster is not shared with any other vehicle. Doors are remote operated.
  • The rear doors are rear-hinged, a style commonly referred to as suicide doors, but called 'coach doors' by Rolls-Royce. Because of the rear-seating position in relation to the rear inner-door handles, buttons are mounted on both C-pillars which operate hydraulic motors in order to close the rear doors. An electronic lock prevents the doors from being accidentally opened when moving. The car will automatically brake to a walking speed if a coach door remains open when driving off.[10] The rear doors also house umbrellas that are stored within the doors, and can only be accessed when the front or rear doors are open. The fabric of the umbrella is coated with Teflon to assist in shedding water when the wet umbrella is stored within the door.
  • The traditional Spirit of Ecstasy ornament has an automatic 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, and retracted when the alarm is armed. The base contains a sensor which detects movement, and will retract if tampered with.
  • The 'RR' logos on each of the wheel hubs are independent bezels in order to always remain upright while the wheel is rotating.

Luxury amenitiesEdit

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A Phantom pictured in London in 2008
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Features (as of 2009) include a navigation system with voice recognition, power sunroof, upgraded leather upholstery, rear-view camera, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 26-speaker premium sound system, 8-disc CD changer, 18-way power front seats, 16-way power rear seats, heated and cooled cup holders, rear-seat tables, outside-temperature indicator, universal garage door opener, power tilt/telescopic heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel with radio, climate, and navigation controls, power open/close trunk lid, power closing doors, wireless headphones, iPod adapter, refrigerator, and air conditioning with 5-zone climate controls. There are extensive options available through the Rolls-Royce "Bespoke" programme through which the factory will create any reasonable option a customer asks for.

Safety recallEdit

In October 2010, the Phantom is included in a product recall campaign involving cars with a V8 or V12 engine from BMW for the potential to develop a leak in the power braking system.[11]


Phantom Extended Wheelbase (2005–)Edit

An extended wheelbase Phantom was presented in March 2005 at the Geneva Motor Show, which is 250 mm (9.8 in) longer than the standard Phantom. It is currently referred to as the Phantom Extended Wheelbase[12] (or EWB).

Phantom Drophead Coupé (2007–)Edit

Main article: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé is a convertible made by Rolls-Royce Phantom, based on the 100EX concept.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show, later in 2007 Geneva Motor Show,[13] Italy,[14] France,[15] Spain,[16] Middle East.[17] Production began in summer of 2007. Initial version has a choice of 9 exterior colours (Metropolitan Blue, Admiral Blue, Duck Egg Blue, Jubilee Silver, English White, Semaphore Yellow, Ensign Red, Woodland Green, Diamond Black), 6 hood colours (Silver, Black, Beige, Deep Red, Deep Green, Navy Blue), 10 interior leather colours (Crème Light, Black, Fleet Blue, Moccasin, Pine Green, Roseleaf, Fawn Brown, Dark Spice, Consort Red, Signal Red), 7 interior veneer types (Elm Cluster, Piano Black, Brown Oak, Ash Burr, Mahogany Flare, Rosewood World version). 0-60 3.5


The first US model of the Phantom Drophead Coupé was sold in a charity auction held during the annual Naples Winter Wine festival in Florida for $2million, by a resident of Naples.[18]

Armoured Rolls-Royce Phantom (2007–)Edit

This is an armoured version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom with VR7 level ballistic rating. It includes fibre composites and special purpose steel body armour, thickened glass sheets in glazed area, polycarbonate layer, strengthened aluminium spaceframe chassis and suspension components.

The vehicle went on sale initially in Europe and the Middle East.[19][20]

Phantom Coupé (2008–)Edit

Main article: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé

The production version of the 101EX prototype was unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show,[21] followed by Auto China 2008 Beijing[22]

The Phantom Coupé went on sale in 2008, with production beginning in summer 2008, with pricing between the Phantom and Phantom Drophead Coupé.[23][24]

2009 model year update (2009–)Edit

Beginning with the 2009 model year, the Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase incorporated the following changes:

  • to harmonize the front appearance of the car with that of the Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé, the front bumper was designed and integrated with a shallower grille, finished in stainless steel
  • LED door handle illumination
  • 21-inch cast forged aluminum alloy wheels, in either painted or part polished finishes, as standard.
  • new RCA component input for auxiliary audio and visual connectivity to the 12-inch monitors mounted within the picnic tables
  • new front and rear door cappings with integrated grab handles
  • new bi-directional double reading lights in the C-pillar
  • climate control, volume control and electric window switches are relocated to a wood veneer panel in the door

Production began at Goodwood in spring 2009.[25]

Special EditionsEdit

Centenary Edition (2004)Edit

In 2004 Rolls Royce brought out perhaps their most important special edition cars. To celebrate the companies 100th Anniversary, Rolls Royce introduced the “Phantom Centenary Edition”. This model was limited to only 35 units worldwide and was specifically commissioned by Rolls Royce. Most special edition cars are not commissioned by the factory, or are brought out to boost sales. This is not the case with the Centenary Edition. The car was debuted on May 4th 2004 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester. The Midland hotel holds special significance because it was the meeting place of Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. The Centenary Phantom can be distinguished from the standard car by several key features. All of the cars “RR” emblems are red instead of black. This is reminiscent of the original Rolls Royce cars that bore red badges for the first 25 years of the company until it was later changed due to customer requests. Each car is painted in a special “Dark Curzon” color used only for the 35 Centenary cars and the 100EX prototype, which was also debuted for the company’s centenary celebration.

EXTERIOR Solid sterling silver “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament. Red “RR” badges throughout the car’s exterior. Instead of the standard black badges. The coach lines are red and match the red hand painted rings around the wheel caps. The car is painted in “Dark Curzon”, which was nearly $30,000 extra and is exclusive to these 35 cars. Wheel caps are painted in “Dark Curzon” to match the body.


INTERIOR The instrumentation has a special anodized finish. Tread-plates with "C.S. Rolls & F.H. Royce 4th May, 2004" Special chassis plate on the cars B-post The interior leather is in “Dark Curzon” to match the cars exterior. The glove box when opened has the cars number and how many where produced. X/35. The interior woodwork is made of a Figured Mahogany veneer with a distinctive silver inlay.


Naples Winter Wine Festival car (2005)Edit

It is a version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom built for the Naples Winter Wine Festival in Florida. It included Burgundy colour body, deep moccasin colour leather upholstery, cashmere headliner, cross-banded figured Mahogany wood surfaces, sterling silver inlay on each of the Mahogany-veneered door cappings, mini wine cellar at the floor of the boot, a cigar humidor in the glove compartment.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2005 Naples' Winter Wine Festival. It was sold at a charity auction in the USA for $800,000.[26]

80th Anniversary Edition (2005)Edit

This was a limited run (25 units) of the Rolls-Royce Phantom commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Phantom name. It included a choice of 2 body colours (black, black and silver), silver hand-painted coach line, 21-inch aluminium wheels, black and seashell leather upholstery with contrast leather piping, wine cooler below the rear seat, DVD system, cross-banded burr walnut veneer at picnic tables, Conway Stewart pen set (Duro style fountain pen, ballpoint and propelling pencil) fitted inside the glove box.

The vehicle was sold as €20,000 premium over Rolls-Royce Phantom.[27]

Rolls-Royce Phantom Black (2006)Edit

This was a limited run (25 units) of the Rolls-Royce Phantom with the following:[28][29][30]

  • Bespoke Diamond Black finish with twin silver coach lines
  • 21-inch alloy wheels with black detailing and centre caps
  • Visible tailpipes
  • Gloss black inlet manifolds, with chrome plated top cover
  • Black leather interior trim featuring Seashell piping
  • Black leather headlining with sunshine roof
  • Black Diamond metal foil instrument panel
  • Black ash wood veneers with silver pinstripe
  • Veneered picnic table backs
  • Bespoke silver clock face
  • Thicker rimmed steering wheel
  • Lounge Seat with rear cool box
  • Cast alloy chassis plate
  • Phantom Black embroidered glove box liner
  • Nokia 8800 mobile phone

Rolls-Royce Phantom Silver (2007)Edit

This was a limited run (25 units) of the Rolls-Royce Phantom commemorating the 100th anniversary of Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. It included Metallic Ghost Silver body colour, 21-inch wheels with chrome centres, solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy, Rose Leaf or Crème Light leather upholstery, seat piping and headrests embroidered with the Rolls-Royce interlinked RR badge, straight grained Santos Palissander wood veneer, Coolbox, Santos Palissander veneer presentation box with key, two solid silver key fobs and a specially commissioned solid silver Conway Stewart fountain pen; bespoke drinks holder, bespoke drinks holder, white instrument dials, bespoke clock matched to instrument dials, Phantom Silver tread plates.[31]

Rolls-Royce Phantom Tungsten (2007)Edit

This is a special version of the Phantom customized by the Rolls Royce Bespoke department. It included Xirallic Darkest Tungsten body colour, brushed aluminum bonnet, visible chrome-plated stainless steel exhaust pipes, Smoke Grey leather seats with contrasting Navy Blue, micro engraved metal dashboard with high gloss straight-grained East Indian Rosewood veneer, starlight headliner with 800 fibre-optic lights.[32]

Grey Goose Extended Wheelbase Phantom (2007)Edit

This was a limited run (2 units) of the Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase Phantom customized by Grey Goose Vodka. It included blue body colour, Grey Goose logo embroidered onto headrests and integrated into the trim of the car, grey chrome door tread plates, Grey Goose etched mirrors and sterling silver Grey Goose inlays on each of the mahogany-veneered door cappings.[33][34]

Pininfarina Hyperion (2008)Edit

This was a customized version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé built by Pininfarina.[35]

The completed vehicle (with lengthened hood created by moving the windscreen back, bespoke headlights, removed back seats) was unveiled at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[36][37]

The Production version was originally reported to be sold as a series of body panels,[38] but later the completed vehicle went on sale at an Abu Dhabi dealership for an undisclosed price.[39]

Peony edition (2008)Edit

This was a version of the Phantom created by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Program, for the United Arab Emirates market. It included two-tone pearl blue body colour, Seashell interior upholstery with peony floral motif, a complementary bottle of perfume from Emirate fragrance specialist HIND.[40]

Rolls-Royce Phantom Sapphire (2008)Edit

This is a version of the Phantom with Milori Sapphire body colour, navy blue leather upholstery with seashell highlights, walnut burr veneer inlaid with a diamond-pattern, cool box below the rear seats in an aluminum billet receptacle, Rolls-Royce clock set with a diamond-shaped sapphire, Conway Stewart fountain pen set and solid silver key fobs in a lacquered walnut veneer box.[41]

Middle East Phantom Bespoke Collection (2009)Edit

In August 2009, a limited (6 units) Bespoke Collection model of the Phantom was introduced for the Middle East market. Features included: two-tone Arizona Sun and English White body colours; Crème Light and Saddle Tan natural grain leather upholstery; hand-knotted silk rugs; moccasin carpets; Mother-of-pearl inlays in the control knobs; and an iconic silver dhow-sailboat inlay in the door cappings and fascia panel.[42][43]

Yas Eagle edition (2010)Edit

This is a special version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, Phantom Coupé, and Phantom Drophead Coupé for the Abu Dhabi market, built by Abu Dhabi Motors. It included Yas Eagle White and Yas Eagle Blue body colours, Cobalto Blue & Mugello Red interior upholstery, Fleet Blue stained ash veneer, instrument cluster in white dials, Cobalto Blue & Mugello Red instrument panel, Mugello Red steering wheel, Navy Blue boot trim and carpets, Navy Blue lambswool foot mats, checkerboard applied on the fascia, illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy, thicker steering wheel, RR logo on the headrests in Mugello Red, seat piping in Mugello Red, 21-inch forged Star alloy wheels, chrome plated visible exhausts, and theatre configuration lounge seat.[44]

60th Anniversary Special Edition Phantom Drophead Coupé (2010)Edit

This was a version of the Phantom Drophead Coupé commemorating 60th anniversary of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It included Stillwater Blue body colour, navy blue soft top lined with cashmere, interior upholstered in a Crème Light leather, interior wood composed of cross-banded Santos Pallisander veneer contrasted with a silver pinstripe inlay, oiled teak decking at roof tonneau and in luggage compartment flooring, a fully fitted champagne service set with crystal flutes, teak covered picnic deck, a refrigerated cabinet concealed beneath the luggage compartment floor, an enamelled plaque on the dash, Concours logos on the tread plates and embroidery on each seat.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.[45]

2010 Paris Motor Show Phantom (2010)Edit

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase includes: Bespoke Gunmetal metallic body colour, Full natural leather grain, Black seat piping, Veneered cupholder lid, Mother-of-pearl inserts to door cappings, Rolls-Royce inlay in all headrests, Silver full metal fascia, Milled drinks holder for coolbox, Veneered table backs – theatre, Tread plates RR logo and Mondial de l’Automobile Paris 2010, Mother of pearl centres to white instrument dial, white clock face centres to MTC controller and instrument panel.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé includes: Carrara White metallic body colour, Single coachline in Hotspur Red, Painted wheel centres, Steering wheel spokes in crossbanded elm cluster, Veneered front cupholder lid, Lambswool floor mats, White instrument dials, Silver bezel white clock face, Tread plates RR logo and Mondial de l’Automobile Paris 2010.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé includes: Syrah Red metallic body colour, Twin coachline in black, Black starlight headliner, Silver bezel black clock face, Contrast RR to seat inserts, Black carbon fibre veneer, cupholder lid and steering wheel spokes, Piano black veneered interior cappings, Full seat piping in Consort Red, Black contrast stitching to centre console, Tread plates RR logo and Mondial de l’Automobile Paris 2010/

The vehicles were unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.[46]

Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection (2011-)Edit

This is a limited run (100 units) of the Phantom commemorating the 100th anniversary of Spirit of Ecstasy. It included silver Spirit of Ecstasy ornament with black-gold plated bezel bearing the commemorative inscription 'Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary – 2011', Rolls-Royce twin coachline, an analogue clock fitted in the fascia panel with Britannia Silver outer bezel, satin spun metal dials with polished RR monograms and polished chaplets and black numerals, choice of 4 body colours (Rhapsody Black (black with gold sparkle), Maiden Blue (deep blue metallic highlighted with a silver sparkle), Ethereal White Pearl (with a special pearlescent finish), Wildflower (a blend of red and brown colour with a fine sparkle)), hand crafted banding of Britannia Silver at veneer inset, a desk ornament featuring a polished steel Spirit of Ecstasy mounted on a piano black base, individual certificates of authenticity signed by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös.[47]

102EX (2011)Edit

This is one-off version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom with 2 electric motors mounted on the rear sub-frame rated 290 kW (394 PS/389 hp) and 800 N·m (590 lb·ft), 1-speed transmission with integrated differential, paint using ceramic nano particles with 4 layers of Atlantic Chrome paint coats, red double-R badge, Spirit of Ecstasy in Makrolon illuminated in blue LED light, Atlantic chrome-finished dashboard dials, recharging plug and five-pin socket, window frames with rear-mounted tricolour LEDs showing car's charging status, interior wood veneers, leather interior derived from a natural vegetable tanning process christened Corinova, chestnut colour for seat covers and Quebracho Brown for other areas such as the floor and trunk lining (both made of durable saddle leather), aluminised foil weave at interior panels, 850A 338V DC Lithium-Nickel-Cobalt-Manganese-Oxide battery pack with 71kWh capacity, separate charger units (3 kW each) are fitted to the battery, induction charging unit.

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2011 Geneva International Motor Show.[48]

Masterpiece London 2011 Drophead Coupé (2011)Edit

This is a version of the Drophead Coupé with Asprey jewellery box (with grade-one suede hide) in the glove compartment, bespoke teak decking, engraved tread plates, Spirit of Ecstasy; Mazarine Blue body colour (inspired by Mazarine Blue butterfly), natural-grain leather interior in Seashell with Navy Blue contrast at floor and door panels, yacht-inspired teak decking with mother-of-pearl inlays at cross-banded Santos Palissander wood veneers, white instrument dials, rotary controllers and clock in mother-of-pearl, bespoke leather-upholstered luggage in the picnic boot.

The vehicle was unveiled at Masterpiece London 2011.[49]

Year of the Dragon Collection (2011)Edit

This is a version of the 2012 model year Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase inspired by the Chinese dragon, designed at the home of Rolls-Royce by the Bespoke team, for the Chinese market. It included twin gold coachline on each side of the car body, dragon on leather headrest embroidered in Tan, Golden Sand, Black and White threads; dragon inlay at passenger panel with Phantom model name in gold, two hand-stitched cushions for the rear passengers, specified with embroidered double R-R logos and piping; illuminated treadplates with 'Year of the Dragon 2012' highlighted in LED lighting, modern or traditional marquetry.[50][51]

Phantom Coupé Aviator Collection (2012)Edit

This is a limited run (35 units) of the Phantom Coupé, inspired by Supermarine S6B (powered by a Rolls-Royce R Type engine). It included Aviator Grey body colour, a contrasting matt bonnet, window and grille surround, Thommen aviation-grade clock with blood orange needle tips embedded in the metal foil upper fascia and matt black dials, mahogany lower fascia with Sapele contrast, polished stainless steel veneer 'onlays' with bullet-shaped ends, leather-lined glove compartment, centre console chrome plaque describing Charles Rolls, polished aluminium cup holders.

The vehicle was unveiled in Pebble Beach Quail.[52][53]

Body StylesEdit

Petrol engines
ModelPhantomPhantom Extended WheelbaseDrophead CoupéCoupé
Years2003-20122005-20122007-20122008-2012

EnginesEdit

Petrol engines
ModelYearsType/codePower@rpm, Torque@rpm
Phantom2004-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B68) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500
Phantom Extended Wheelbase2005-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B68) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500
Drophead Coupé2007-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B68) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500
Coupé2008-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B68) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500

BMW originally intended to use a 9.0L V16 engine in the Phantom, as they wanted the ultimate engine for the ultimate luxury car of the 21st century. BMW designed and developed several examples of the V16, but at the last moment BMW decided use a more economical V12 engine. The engine can be seen in the concept Rolls-Royce 100EX. A V16 model Phantom was used in the film Johnny English Reborn at the specific request of Rowan Atkinson.[54][55]

TransmissionEdit

All models include ZF 6-speed automatic transmission and double wishbone suspension.

Production/salesEdit

Annual sales[56][57]
YearSales
2003300
2004792
2005796
2006805
20071,010
20081,212
Total4,915
  • The introductory base price was £250,000 in the United Kingdom and $300,000 in the United States.
  • After selling 805 units in 2006, Rolls-Royce first met its annual sales target of 1,000 vehicles in 2007 (1,010 Phantoms sold, Drophead Coupé sales included).[57]
  • In 2004, Rolls-Royce was selling twice as many cars as its closest rival Maybach.
  • The 2,000th car rolled out of the Goodwood factory in December 2005.[58]
  • The 3,000th car rolled out of the Goodwood factory in March 2007.
  • The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong has purchased a fleet of 14 extended wheelbase Phantoms to replace the Silver Spurs in the fleet, all painted in a special "Peninsula Green" and delivered in December 2006, making history for being the largest single order for the Phantom.[59][60]
  • The first 5 Phantom Drophead Coupé convertibles were completed on 2007-07-20.[61]
  • O'Gara Coach Company of Beverly Hills, California, sold 58 Phantoms and Drophead Coupes in 2007, accounting for 15% of Rolls-Royce sales in the USA and 6% worldwide.[62]
  • The initial production of 200 2008 Phantom Coupe was sold out during its original announcement in 2008, with two-thirds of the orders come from customers who had never before owned a Rolls-Royce vehicle.[63]
  • As of 27 January 2012, Year of the Dragon editions of Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase were sold out.[64]


Drophead Coupé and CoupéEdit

Main article: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé is the latest convertible made by Rolls-Royce which debuted at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan on 7 January 2007. The platform is based on the Rolls-Royce Phantom and has styling heavily derived from the 100EX concept car unveiled to celebrate the company's centennial in 2005.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II (2012–)Edit

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II
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In May 2012, Rolls Royce announced the Series II car, to be available from the 2013 model year. Series II, updated by a team including Giles Taylor, has a number of updated and improved features, including:[65]

  • Replacement of round lower light with complementary rectangular LED light
  • One-piece stamped radiator grill
  • New single-piece wheels
  • New side-badge design
  • Extended chrome detailing around the side window
  • Highlighting capture strip on bottom of boot lid
  • Redesigned rear bumper, now one-step over two step
  • Integrated exhaust detailing, mirroring those on coupe
  • Simplified dashboard, including enlarged 8 inches (200 mm) LED screen
  • Improved systems rotary controller, through use of the system used on Ghost
  • Simplified seat designs
  • Improved audio, telecoms and connectivity systems
  • New 8-speed gearbox

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show,[66][67] Kuala Lumpur,[68] Hong Kong.[69]

A version of Phantom Saloon Series II (in blue velvet sparkle body colour) was unveiled at the 2012 Moving Motor Show as a test drive vehicle for selected members of media and VIP.[70]

Phantom Extended Wheelbase (2012–)Edit

The vehicle was unveiled in Auto China 2012.[71]

Special EditionsEdit

2012 London Olympic Games Phantom Drophead Coupé (2012)Edit

This was a limited run (3 units) special version of the Phantom Series II Drophead Coupé built for the Closing Ceremony of 2012 Summer Olympic Games. It included English White body colour, new grille badge featuring Spirit of Ecstasy with Union Flag replacing the traditional flowing gown, steering wheel centre with a traditional laurel wreath and torch, and the self-righting wheel centres featuring the words 'London 2012' surrounded by the Olympic motto, 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' ('Faster, Higher, Stronger'); tread plates identify each car as 'One of Three'.

The vehicles were unveiled at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.[72][73]

Phantom Art Deco cars (2012–)Edit

The Art Deco cars are versions of the Phantom inspired by the Art Deco era.

Retail model includes a choice of 4 body colours (infinity black, Arabian blue, powder blue or Arctic white) with twin coachline with an Art Deco motif, illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy, Art Deco headrest embroidery, bespoke inlays on piano black veneer, tread plates with Art Deco motif.

Bespoke models of Phantom Saloon (with black and arctic white interior) and Phantom Drophead Coupé (with mother-of-pearl inlays) were unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.[74]

Body StylesEdit

Petrol engines
ModelPhantomPhantom Extended WheelbaseDrophead CoupéCoupé
Years2012-2012-2012-2012-

EnginesEdit

Petrol engines
ModelYearsType/codePower@rpm, Torque@rpm
Phantom2012-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B67?) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500
Phantom Extended Wheelbase2012-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B67?) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500
Drophead Coupé2012-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B67?) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500
Coupé2012-6,749 cc (411.8 cu in) V12 (N73B67?) 460 PS (338 kW/454 hp)@5350, 720 N·m (531 lb·ft)@3500

TransmissionsEdit

All models include 8-speed automatic transmission.


The Next GenerationEdit

Rolls-Royce will replace the Phantom in 2016.[75] This would mean a production life span of 13 years.

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  42. Rolls-Royce Phantom in new GCC Bespoke trim
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  51. ROLLS-ROYCE PRESENTS EXCLUSIVE YEAR OF THE DRAGON COLLECTION
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  67. “TAKE THE BEST THAT EXISTS AND MAKE IT BETTER” PRESENTING THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM SERIES II
  68. Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Debuts in Kuala Lumpur
  69. Rolls Royce organizes drive experience in Siberia, unveils Phantom Series 2 in Hong Kong and sponsors Hearst castle preservation foundation benefit weekend
  70. ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST EXTENDED WHEELBASE TO LEAD THE WAY AT GOODWOOD
  71. Rolls-Royce makes room for updated Phantom Extended Wheelbase in Beijing
  72. ROLLS-ROYCE CELEBRATES THE SUCCESS OF THE GAMES WITH A HISTORICAL MILESTONE FOR THE COMPANY
  73. Rolls Royce Honors the London Olympics with Special Phantom Series II Drophead Coupés
  74. Rolls-Royce goes glam, celebrates Art Deco heritage in Paris
  75. The Next Generation

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