Following on the heels of the custom black and gold Rolls-Royce he rolled into training camp in past year, Brown impressed many onlookers in a vintage 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom four-door convertible. The vehicle also features the Starlight Headliner (the longest one yet) which makes you feel at one with the cosmos as the roof lights up like a starry sky. Fourteen years since its last edition back in 2003, we finally now get a look at the Phantom VIII that launches in 2018.
The newest Phantom, unveiled here Thursday, is the first Rolls-Royce to be built on the United Kingdom automaker's in-house aluminum platform. The new spaceframe is 30 percent more rigid than the spaceframe architecture on which sat Phantom VII. Like Mercedes' Magic Body Control, the new Phantom has stereo cameras up front to read the road ahead and adjust the suspension to deal with any ruts or bumps at speeds up to 62 miles per hour.
Development cars showed the car's new front bumper design featuring wider air vents, which extend further out towards the car's sides, and a new full-width grille. The car's eight-speed transmission is connected to a satellite navigation system so that it can select the proper gear depending, in part, on whether the auto is approaching an uphill or downhill grade. Said gearbox is "married" to the car's Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT), which ensures the proper gear is selected to meet the topography of the road ahead. Starting with New Phantom, I have the framework to create a future range of true Rolls-Royces.
As the patron settles into the vehicle, an assistant or valet steps forward and lightly touches the sensor on the door handle so it whispers closed of its own accord, enveloping the occupant in 'The Embrace, ' enhancing the sense of occasion and effortlessness of entry into the New Phantom.More news: Anthony Scaramucci threatens to call Federal Bureau of Investigation over leak of his £64m fortune
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Of course, you're not anxious about fuel or speed if you're in a Phantom.
The gallery feature within the dashboard is the most striking element of Rolls-Royce's desire to increase personalization within its cars and distance it from "mass luxury" brands, it said.
Despite being lighter than before more than 130kg of sound insulation has been added, plus a double skin alloy floor and bulkhead, and new tyres called "Silent Seal" - they feature a foam layer that are claimed to reduce tyre noise by 9db. That's right, you are only limited by your imagination when it comes to what is placed behind that glass. Conservative buyers might opt for a simple wood veneer, or maybe even silk. It's designed with different propulsion, traction and control systems in mind, too. This includes the newly-sculpted rear seats that can be swapped out for individual seats with fixed centre console and the newly introduced sleeping seat. There's also a new centre console that includes a drinks cabinet with whiskey glasses and decanter, champagne flutes and a coolbox. Great effort has been made to streamline the body, including the grille, which has been integrated to the surrounding bodywork, while the front wing line fades to just after the passenger door handle. The rear glass, defined by a crafted stainless steel frame, is more raked and the rear lines are sleek, whilst a subtle scallop on the rear roof line hovers above the occupants for added headroom. Large 22-inch wheels complete the look, but as is the case with RR, you can customise every little bit of the exterior accordingly.
Alertness Assistant 4-camera system with Panoramic View All-round visibility including helicopter view Night Vision and Vision Assist Active Cruise Control Collision, pedestrian, cross-traffic warning Lane departure and lane change warning An industry leading 7x3 high-resolution head-up display WiFi hotspot and of course the latest navigation and entertainment systems.