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Rolls Royce Phantom EWB : Luxury defined

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With a huge upright, blocky, and high-set hand-polished stainless steel grille, and an elegant retractable Spirit of Ecstasy statuette standing atop on tip-toes, the Rolls Royce Phantom is the definition of automotive luxury. Arguably the world’s most luxurious car, the vast Phantom Extended Wheelbase (EWB) variant, with its near 6m length, SUV-like 1.65m height, and exquisitely finished, extensively equipped, and optionally fully enclosed rear “suite” is built with passengers in mind. That said, and from a chauffeur’s perspective, it proved to be more manageably maneuverable and muscularly potent than expected.اضافة اعلان

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Introduced in 2017 as Rolls Royce’s overall eighth and second BMW-era generation flagship, and due for a mild update this year, the current Phantom VIII’s design is very much in the spirit and style of its long-serving 2003-17 predecessor. Similarly built using weight-saving aluminum construction, the Phantom VIII, however, makes slightly more concession, to aerodynamic efficiency with a subtly swept-back design. Nevertheless, it retains key design hallmarks, including slim deep-set, heavily browed headlights, short front and long rear overhangs, a high roofline, and a gently tapered boot.



Arrogantly imposing and grand, yet graceful in lines and proportions, the Phantom EWB projects a sense of occasion and subtle momentum. Nestled far back under its luxuriously long bonnet for balanced weighting, a vast V12 engine retains the brand’s traditional 6.75-liter displacement but the Phantom receives twin-turbochargers and other important improvements and technology to make it quicker, more comfortable, and safer. For better handling and maneuverability than its size and 2.6-tonne weight would suggest, the Phantom EWB meanwhile gains four-wheel-steering.

Graceful giant
Whisper quiet and velvety smooth, the Phantom VIII’s direct injection 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 gains 111HP and 180Nm over its naturally-aspirated predecessor, for a total 571HP at 5,000rpm and 900Nm at just 1,700rpm, delivered to the rear wheels through a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox. Quicker, yet more efficient than its predecessor, despite being slightly heavier, the Phantom EWB carries its substantial heft through 0-100km/h in just 5.4-seconds and onto an electronically-governed 250km/h top speed but returns comparatively restrained 13.9l/100km combined cycle consumption.

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Seemingly lightly boosted, with near none of the low-rev lag often associated with turbo engines, the Phantom VIII delivers 50 percent more torque at its 1,700rpm peak than its predecessor. Well-suited to the Phantom’s relaxed and wafting driving character, the comparatively low revving twin-turbo V12’s deep and all but indefatigably omnipresent reservoir of torque makes it effortlessly versatile when cruising, overtaking, or on inclines. With a subtly rising purr, it happily spins to deliver a formidable high-rev punch.

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About 30 percent stiffer than its predecessor, the Phantom VIII EWB handles and rides better. Focused on providing seamlessly sumptuous ride comfort — despite enormous low profile 255/45R22 front and 285/40R22 rear tires — it is, however, unexpectedly adept at being hustled at a quick pace. With a traditionally balanced rear-drive layout backed up by adaptive self-leveling air suspension and electrically-operated adaptive anti-roll bars, the Phantom gently but effectively tautens through corners to gracefully manage weight transfer. Its gearbox, meanwhile, does not provide manual mode shifting but makes impressively intuitive gear selections.

Whisper quiet waft
Tidily turning into corners with accurate feather-light steering and reassuring road-holding, the Phantom EWB belies its size and weight, with four-wheel-steering dramatically improving agility and maneuverability. Turning rear wheels opposite to front at a lower speed to effectively reduce its massive 3.77-meter wheelbase and provide a still large yet manageable 13.77-meter turning circle, the Phantom EWB proved more nimble through narrow roads and — also aided by camera and sensors — easier to park and than anticipated. At higher speeds, rear wheels meanwhile turn in the same direction for more responsive and stable directional changes.

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A natural town cruiser and high-speed luxury express, the Phantom EWB virtually glides over roads with supple fluency and cushioned comfort yet is settled and steadfastly stable at speed. Seamlessly smooth over imperfections, the Phantom is equipped with Rolls Royce’s Flagbearer system, which uses a windscreen-integrated stereo camera to ‘read’ the road ahead and make pre-emptive suspension adjustments at up to 100km/h. Comfortable and quiet as they come, the Phantom improves on its predecessor’s ride quality and refinement, and features 130kg of sound insulation.

Opulent and enormous inside, the Phantom EWB is tastefully swathed with fine leathers, woods, metals, and deep carpeting. It is also thoroughly equipped with various creature comforts, infotainment, safety, and driver assistance systems. Accessed through trademark rear-hinged “suicide” rear doors, its optionally enclosed rear passenger “suite” features foldable multi-media screens, illuminated starry sky roof lining, footrests, and privacy-oriented recessed twin seats, curtains, and a divider between front and rear, which changes from translucent to opaque at a button’s press. The optional divider slightly reduces driver legroom, but the driving position is nonetheless commandingly high, upright, comfortable, and adjustable.




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