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Minor updates for Rolls-Royce Phantom range

Minor updates for Rolls-Royce Phantom range

Monday March 12, 2012
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II -
  • Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II
  • Image courtesy of Rolls-Royce
With the Geneva Motor Show 2012 currently underway for public access, we take a look at the updates that Rolls-Royce have bestowed on their Phantom range.

The Phantom Series II, as the range is now called, receives some cosmetic updates front & rear (or perhaps the nautical terms "fore" and "aft" would be more appropriate here). The resulting overall dimensions are virtually unchanged, with the Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase gaining 8 mm, and the Coupé and Drophead Coupé gaining just 3 mm in length. All models gain 6 mm in overall height.

The engines are left as they were when the Phantom was introduced back in 2005. That means a 6.7 litre V12 with twin turbochargers, pushing out a respectable 460 PS (453.5 bhp, 338 kW) of power at 5350 rpm and 720 Nm (531 ft·lb) of torque at 3500 rpm. The biggest change to the range is in the transmission, where the previous models made do with a six-speed automatic gearbox, the new Phantom Series II models now have an eight-speed transmission.

The result of these few changes see CO2 emissions dropping to 347 g/100km on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Saloon, Phantom Series II Coupé and Phantom Series II Drophead Coupé and to 349 g/100km on the Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II Extended Wheelbase.

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