Monday, 10 November 2014

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

Following on from last week's Wraith, here's a Phantom for you...
Often described as 'the best car in the world', this vast thing is Rolls-Royce's flagship. It's perhaps difficult to get the scale of the Phantom when viewed in isolation, but you should see one parked next to a Range Rover - the luxury R-R makes the mud-plugging RR look like a Tonka toy.
Unlike the Ghost and Wraith, which use the N74-generation 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12, the Phantom uses the previous generation (N73) 6.75-litre V12 in naturally aspirated form. The 6.75 figure is one that echoes through Rolls-Royce history, and in 2014 it equates to 454bhp and a 0-62mph time comfortably under six seconds - not bad for something that weighs about 2.5 tonnes.
...and it is, as you'd expect, magnificently appointed. Scroll through the photos, you'll see that the interior is a heavenly, sumptuous place to be. It's like being cocooned in warm sheepskin, the car floats along like a cloud, and yet somehow they've made it a proper driver's car too, with keen handling and surprising precision. There'll be features coming soon on PetrolBlog and Covered, so stay tuned.

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