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Phantom's striking and modern front end best encapsulates the essence of
changes that lie beneath, with re-styled bumpers and rectangular light apertures
that frame full-LED light clusters. These allow the integration of new
technologies like curve light functionality, where headlamp beams are reflected
in the direction of travel to provide greater illumination of the road ahead
when cornering. And adaptive headlamps, where light patterns change
automatically and - of course - effortlessly in response to different driving
Phantom's already sublime drive-train has also been enhanced. The addition of a
new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential perfectly complement the V12
direct injection engine, improving exemplary dynamics, as well as the famous
Rolls-Royce promise of a magic carpet ride. Fuel consumption improves by 10
percent on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions fall from 385 to 347g/km as a
consequence (388 to 349 for Phantom Extended Wheelbase).
Effortless is a word that perhaps best epitomises the Phantom experience, both
for drivers and their passengers. So an improved user interface, as well as the
addition of new driver assistance technologies, have been built on the
foundation of a new electronics' platform for Phantom Series II. The satellite
navigation system, for example, has been fully updated with functions that
include 3D map display with landscape topography, guided tours, as well as
enhanced points of interest and composite route planning.
Audio visual content, satellite navigation maps and driver information is
presented on Phantom's new 8.8 inch control centre display, underlined by eight
programmable bookmarks in chrome for optimum convenience in selecting key
functions. Front, rear and top-view camera systems, further augment Phantom's
ease of use particularly when driving in tight urban environments. When reverse
parking for example, rear path prediction automatically deploys on-screen.
These significant changes add further substance to a reputation Phantom has
proudly built since launch of the signature Rolls-Royce back in 2003. It is a
new world. But it's a world in which the Rolls-Royce Phantom family will occupy
a pinnacle position for many years to come.
2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase, luxurious interior.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase: Review (2/2)