Days after the speculation has been made about the Phantom’s first look, Rolls-Royce, finally on Tuesday the company revealed that the very first image of the next-generation Phantom, which will arrive in 2018.
Rolls-Royce will be based on all-new aluminium architecture in keeping with Rolls-Royce tradition, i.e. in accordance with the enormous naturally-aspirated twelve-cylinder engine. It displaces 6.75 litres and produces 453 horsepower at 5350 rpm and 531 pound-feet of torque at 3500 rpm.
New for the latest model is an eight-speed automatic transmission, which helps the rear-drive Phantom waft from zero-to-60 mph in less than six second despite the sedan's massive 5,800-pound curb weight. Fuel economy is about what one would expect – 11 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway.
“The development programme of the new Phantom is making an ‘excellent progress’ “said a company representative at Rolls-Royce’s home in GoodWood.
The production of the Phantom will close on December 31, 2016, and as the demand for each of the four current versions of the Phantom have remained strong and so will be satisfied well into 2017.