It’s the world’s most silent car
Fourteen years is an epochal period in the automotive world. That’s how long it took Rolls-Royce to build the successor to the Phantom VII which was phased out earlier this year. And by the look of it, it was time well spent.
This gargantuan symbol of wealth represents cutting-edge technology and design that will underpin future models from the British carmaker. For example, this is the first Rolls-Royce to feature an all-aluminium chassis which will be the same one used in upcoming models, including the much-anticipated Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV.
Under the hood of the Phantom VIII is a new V12 6.75-litre twin-turbo beast that commands 563 horses and 664lb-ft of torque – enough to tow a continent. Its top speed is limited to 250kph and it can bolt from 0-100kph in 5.3 seconds – an achievement when you consider that this car weighs in at over 2.5tonnes.
The Phantom VIII is also one of the most technologically advanced machines that Rolls-Royce has ever created. One of Rolls-Royce’s biggest claims to fame is its suspension that tricks you into believing you’re flying on a magic carpet, and that system has been further refined here. Within the engine’s electronic core with a highly intelligent brain inside, there are millions of calculations made every second that process feedback from a forward-facing camera, steering inputs and acceleration patterns to read the road surface ahead and automatically adjust the suspension to the right amount of stiffness so that you don’t feel a thing during the ride.
Rolls-Royce claims that this also one of the most silent cars in the world, going on to note that the engineer who was recording the amount of noise being fed into the cabin was so surprised by how silent it was, that he thought his testing instrument was faulty. To get that ultra-silent cabin, the company inserted around 130kg of sound-dampening material, 6mm thick two-layered glazed glasses, a double-skin alloy in the floor with layers of felt and foam inserted in between, and even a layer of foam in the tyres to silence it.
There are cameras mounted around the car allowing for a 360-degree view, 12-inch display screens for the rear passengers and a toughened glass panel that runs along the dashboard into which owners can insert curated and personalized pieces of artwork.
Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, but expect to pay around half a million dollars for this car. Booking open this month, with deliveries expected to begin by the end of this year. Some people will have a better Christmas than others.