ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VIII
A POWER STATEMENT
Sixty pairs of highly skilled hands. That’s the level of artisanship that goes into building every Phantom at the Home of Rolls-Royce. Each detail matters – the five coats of paint on the bodyshell, the bookmatched veneers and the hand-stitched leatherwork. Perfection is our benchmark. It takes seven days and five coats of paint and high-gloss clear lacquer to create a flawless, mirror-like finish on a Rolls-Royce motor car. Then the bodyshell is meticulously polished by hand for over five hours. Attention to detail – it’s what we’re famed for. Meanwhile, the wood craftspeople spend up to a month shaping, sanding, lacquering and hand-polishing up to 42 separate wood parts that will furnish the interior. In Phantom, burr veneers are bookmatched by eye to create a symmetrical mirror image of the grain through the centre of the dashboard. Aligning the edges is an intricate process: the skill lies in being able to visualise the complete symmetry of the whole piece.
It’s the rare sense of scale that defines Phantom and provides such a commanding presence. The wheel proportions and features such as the rear coach doors, Pantheon grille and Spirit of Ecstasy, are all paramount to the Phantom DNA. The classic 2:1 proportions of the wheel-to-body height ratio are immediately apparent. Creating a powerful stance that is heightened by the long wheelbase and bonnet, short front overhangs and deep C-pillars. The elevated body and rear coach doors make entry and exit effortlessly graceful.The curve of the roofline and sweep of the waftability line give the impression of light acceleration even at a standstill. And the Spirit of Ecstasy, which can be requested in stainless steel, solid silver, gold-plate or uplit, gracefully adorns every bonnet and boldly announces your arrival. Phantom is a magnet for attention.
HAND BUILD BY PERFECTIONISTS
Phantom’s unique, advanced aluminium spaceframe is hand-welded from over 500 separate parts, making it incredibly lightweight and strong. The state-of-the-art suspension technologies create the air-cushioned ‘magic carpet ride’ unique to Rolls-Royce. Just as Phantom’s presence is quietly authoritative, the delivery of power from the direct-injection V12 engine is equally commanding. At 70mph, more than 90% of the power is available in reserve, making acceleration so smooth it feels like you’re in an infinite first gear.