The new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is on the way, but still, all we had been seeing are camouflaged prototypes of the eight generation of this iconic nameplate. Fortunately though, images of the supposed Phantom VIII – sans the camouflaged – suddenly appeared, giving people a more vivid idea on how the eight generation would actually look like.
Earlier this year, the very last of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII left the carmaker’s manufacturing base in West Sussex, England. While it signaled the end of the seventh generation of the Phantom, it also indicated a new generation – the eighth one – is on the way. Given the definite success of the already iconic Phantom VII, fans and enthusiasts are really looking forward to the next generation.
Introduced in 2003, the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII has been a definition of utmost luxury for 13 years. Given the fact that this Rolls-Royce model doesn’t really need to undergo major tweaks in design and style as it jumps to a new generation, the upcoming Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII is expected to look similar to its predecessor. Of course, there would be a number of changes, but that would come in the form of innovations and technologies, instead of design.
Now, the freshly leaked images – three of them – point to the impending arrival of the much awaited Phantom VIII, Published by a Chinese web site, these images seemed to come from pictures of a digital brochure. Judging from the looks of the Rolls-Royce luxury car as depicted on the leaked images, it has a number of similarities to the camouflaged Phantom VIIIs spied testing months ago. That could be evidence that the Rolls-Royce car on the recently leaked images is actually the Phantom VIII.
As per the three leaked images, the Phantom VIII features a two-tone color scheme, with the upper section – the long front hood, the roof, the pillars and the rear bonnet -- painted in blue. The same shade could also be found on the wheel hub, surrounding the RR logo. The lower section – basically other parts of the Phantom VII – is wrapped in a whitish finish. Judging from the length of the door, this Phantom VIII could be a long-wheelbase version. Interestingly, there is a small hole on the side mirror cap, indicating the presence of a camera for a technology similar to BMW’s Surround View system.
There is still Rolls-Royce’s ever imposing grille as wrapped in chrome and flanked by sleeker and more sophisticated headlights that employ LED-technology. As shown in the leaked images, the Phantom VIII is provided with a newly designed front bumper that now features expansive vents.
One of the leaked images allowed a peek into the cabin of the Phantom VIII. It reveals an all-digital instrument cluster as well as a larger infotainment display that is cleverly hidden behind the instrument panel. The central air vents have been repositioned, the same was done to the analog clock too. The new Phantom VIII also features a new steering wheel with three black spokes.
The website that leaked these images announced that Rolls-Royce is planning to unveil the new Phantom VIII on July 27, 2017.