Goodwood, West Sussex – At the end of July, Rolls-Royce will welcome the eighth generation of its flagship Phantom limousine with an exhibition of Phantom models from the past 92 years in Mayfair, London on 27 July, led by a 1927 Phantom 1 that once belonged to Fred Astaire.
So far, the only official images of the new Phantom are the two you see here, of a slightly curved, rather than tented ‘pantheon’ grille, and a strip of very strongly figured dashboard wood veneer, including the iconic analogue clock.
We know the car will be based on the same platform as the new 7 Series, incorporating lots of aluminium, so the new Phantom will be significantly lighter than its predecessor – which went out of production in 2016 – but with styling clearly derived from the previous model, so it won’t look like a BMW, no matter how much of its DNA it shares.
It’s expected to launch with an upgraded, even smoother-running version of BMW’s 6.7-litre twin-turbo V12, ensuring that the car’s performance will be ‘adequate’ in every sense of the word, although a plug-in hybrid is thought to be on the cards. In addition, head of sales for the Asia Pacific region, Ian Grant, has confirmed that the new Phantom will have four-wheel steering.