The eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is being built currently, and from what we’ve found out it seems like it will have an all-new aluminium spaceframe and an all-new V12 unit. The naturally-aspirated 6.75 litre unit is now gone, and a twin-turbocharged V12 took its place. It churns out 563bhp and a frankly more important 663 lb-ft of torque from a lowly 1,700rpm. This helps the car propel itself to 60mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155mph. This Phantom VIII is 60dB quieter than the previous generation at 62mph.
Rolls-Royce has installed a gallery in the dashboard, perfect for those buyers wanting to take their priceless collections with them on the road, hidden inside a glass casing. Then of course there are the seats, either ‘Lounge’ or ‘Individual’, with console variations and drink holders in any denomination you’d like. There are heated front-door armrests for those wicked winter months, as well as lighting options that you’d more commonly find in an art gallery. Given this is only the second iteration of the Phantom under BMW’s watch, the parent company has also gone full steam with tech advancements to make this the most high-tech Rolls-Royce in history.
The new Phantom uses self-levelling air suspension and a clever camera system which monitors the road ahead and alters the softness of the ride to provide the perfect smooth journey for its occupants. There’s also four-wheel steering to increase stability at higher speeds and manoeuvrability at low speeds. There’s no word yet on when the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII will be made available to order, but a new bar has undoubtedly been set in the luxury car space.