Car brands will occasionally bleat on about their history and how long a certain model name has been on sale, we can’t think of any that are quite so long lasting as the Rolls-Royce Phantom. While the famous British marque is unlikely to boast about this fact – such bragging is arguably far too vulgar – we’re quite happy to point out that the name first appeared in 1925.
Yes, there have been a couple of occasions where the name disappeared for a decade or so, but it has been a firm fixture in the range since 2003. Now on only its eighth generation, the Phantom remains the pinnacle of the Rolls-Royce range and, arguably, the new car market as a whole.
Like its direct predecessor, the Phantom is a gargantuan saloon that stands nearly as tall as some Range Rovers and is almost six metres long if you opt for the extended-wheelbase model. Underneath a bonnet long enough to be used as a runway sits a 6.75-litre V12 that’s bolstered by a couple of turbochargers. Power is most definitely adequate: there’s enough of it to fling the Phantom from 0-62mph in a little over five seconds.
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