Rolls-Royce has unveiled the Phantom Series II, bringing subtle updates to the flagship model that include minor visual tweaks and the addition of new options in line with customer feedback.
Starting with the exterior, the changes are hard to spot for the untrained eye. This was also the objective of the Rolls-Royce designers who wanted to keep the “timeless” look of the Phantom. The most significant update is the illuminated Pantheon grille – similar to the Ghost – which received a new polished horizontal line. The latter looks like an extension of the DRLs in the full-LED headlights which have also been updated with laser-cut bezel stars.
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The rest of the Phantom’s body remains unchanged, although two new wheel designs are offered, refreshing the profile. Perhaps the coolest new feature are the disc wheels with a simple ’20s-inspired design, which are available in polished stainless steel or a black lacquer finish. There is also a triangular faceted milled stainless steel wheel design, offered in a fully or partially polished finish.
Additionally, Rolls-Royce now offers the options of a dark chrome grille, black bonnet reins, windshield surround and side frame finishes, by popular demand. The company admitted that more and more of its customers are now choosing to drive their car instead of being driven by a chauffeur, so they thickened the Phantom’s steering wheel for better feel.
Finally, the new “Rolls-Royce Connected” feature allows owners to send a destination address from the smartphone to the car’s navigation via the private Whispers app. The latter is now able to display the location and status of the vehicle on the screen of the owner’s smartphone.
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To commemorate the launch of the Phantom Series II, Rolls-Royce has built the bespoke Phantom Platino, once again showcasing the limitless customization options of its flagship. This one comes with an odd combination of leather upholstery for the front seats and cloth for the rear seats. These combine two different fabrics, one made in an Italian factory and the other made from bamboo fibres. The textured patterns on the fabric also appear on the Phantom’s Gallery and the 3D printed ceramic watch on the dashboard, while the signature Starlight Headliner could not be missing from this example.
Don’t expect any mechanical updates for the Phantom Series II, which still features the same 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 producing 563 PS (420 kW / 571 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque . Speaking of which, an all-electric Phantom is expected, but it will definitely arrive after the Spectre, which in turn is expected to debut in 2024.
Rolls-Royce hasn’t announced pricing for the updated Phantom, but we expect it to be on par with its predecessor. Most Rolls-Royce buyers opt for bespoke features, so prepare for more one-offs and a few special editions in the near future.