News about the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom have been floating in the air for quite some time now mostly regarding whether or not the new vehicle will make it to production in its concept form. Well, by the look of things, the new 2018 Phantom doesn’t seem to be ready to head to dealerships any time soon if the current spy photos are anything to go by.
Looking at the front fascia of the mule, it’s easy to tell that some elements are obviously missing. The flat styling of the fascia indicates it is clearly a decoy, and the driving lights that used to sit just below the headlamps are still missing. The same could be said about the corner vents and the air dam that are clearly missing in details.
Moving to the sides of the Phantom, we see the mirrors, body lines, and the doors comparing similarly to the existing model. Rearward, the back deck lid smoothly aligns with the crease located between the body and the rear glass. What however captures the eye at first sight are the assemblies inside the taillights. They seem to be either decoys or units as those on the 2017 model are different.
Although most of the interior features are heavily cladded and make it virtually impossible for anyone to pierce through, our team of photographers still managed to snag a couple of pictures. Not much can be said about the door panels, console, and center console since they appear the same as those on the current model. More may however be done to improve them before production begins.
The 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom should be expected to return with an exciting list of new features and trim models that have in one way or the other helped it remain competitive in its class. The Rolls Royce Phantom 2018 is so exclusive that embarrasses others with the opulence and gravitas that it has so rightfully earned over the years.
According to the latest rumors, the new model is set to continue using the same engine as before. Under the hood should be a 6.7L engine capable of offering a whopping 453 hp and 531 lbs. ft. of torque. While we don’t belittle this enormous power and torque, we still hope that an upgrade to about 550 hp and 600 lbs. can be much better.
This model year saw the Rolls-Royce Drop-head Coupe discontinued after having graced this the past decade in opulence and grandeur. The Drophead Coupe and all Phantoms by extension symbolize luxury, wealth, and refinement in a way that very few vehicles can. There’s no better way to announce to the whole wide world that you’ve made it than gifting yourself one of these models.
For a price that sets you back in the range of half a million, these models not only offer you swathes of some of the finest materials, top-notch performance, and enough road-going gravitas, but they also act as a passive show of refinement, luxury, and wealth. But even as luxurious as it seems, the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom still has some competitors especially in terms of pricing. One that stands tall among them is the Bentley Mulsanne.
The Bentley Mulsanne is set to get few upgrades for the new model year and will be well-placed to compete favorably against the vehicle under review. Currently, the Mulsanne pumps out an incredible output of around 505 hp and a whopping 780 lbs. ft. of torque from its 6.75L V8 engine. With the expected upgrade, the Bentley should easily be able to reach the 520 horsepower output range. The Bentley compares well in terms of pricing relative to the Phantom, right now the only thing that separates you from it is a $290K price tag.
The other option one could also consider is none other than the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe that impresses with its list of desirable features such as seemingly endless safety and comfort features, exceptionally serene ride quality, eerily controlled handling, high powered engines, and effortless acceleration.
Our Final Thoughts
According to the latest imagery, there seems to be nothing much to anticipate as evolutionary. However, Rolls has put much effort in trying to conceal both the front and rear fascias and that alone tells us that there’s some kind of styling update to expect here. Already our spy photographers have been able to offer some insights to what we should expect as new. But even so, we don’t think the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom is going to offer anything electrifying this year.
Engine Specs & 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Performance
As told, the new model will return with the same drivetrain as before. If that happens, then we should see the return of the 6.7L V12 engine that currently fuels the existing Phantom. This mill is able to generate a whopping 453 hp and 531 lbs. ft. of torque. The top speed remains at 150 mph but this should improve once the Phantom moves to the new lighter architecture rumored to be in the works.
Exterior Modifications & Changes To The Interior
According to Rolls, the new 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom should be expected to be much lighter than before. This alone should be able to give the Phantom ample maneuverability and improvement in overall performance. Other interesting features we should expect to be featured include a larger infotainment system, and a high-resolution digital instrument cluster.
Just like the model that precedes it, the 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Wraith comes with a sea of exotic materials that exceed any standard of opulence. Thanks to the association between BMW and Rolls-Royce, much of the navigation and infotainment electronics should be expected to be user-friendly and impressive and a general derivative of the iDrive infotainment system.
Price & 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Release Date
No details have been offered here but we expect the new vehicle not to exceed the current price tag that reads $549K MSRP. As you can also assume, the release date is still a mile away and is anyone’s guess as of now. Details should however start streaming in a couple of months now including those of the Extended Wheelbase model.
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