Rolls-Royce starts work on the second-generation Phantom flagship sedan

Article by Christian A., on May 16, 2014

Earlier this week we revealed you the fact that the Rolls-Royce SUV will arrive in 2017, but today we found out that the British carmaker owned by the BMW Group started work on the second-generation Phantom. According to Autocar, the new next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom will arrive in showrooms by 2017 and the designers already started sketching the new flagship sedan.

If the current Phantom uses a unique aluminum spaceframe structure, Rolls-Royce didn’t decide if it will use the same platform as they are considering a new BMW i3-style combination of a carbon fiber bodyshell mounted on an aluminum chassis.

Under the hood, we will find the same V12 engine but the company is also considering a plug-in hybrid version. Design chief Giles Taylor said that the new Rolls-Royce Phantom will feature a new grille, headlights and air intakes.

The next-gen Phantom will retain the ‘golden section’, the big part of which is the angle of the rear pillar. Rolls-Royce will have to decide whether to build the new flagship sedan on an aluminum chassis and carbon fiber structure. If it will choose the carbon fiber structure, this means less weight and a drop in fuel consumption.

Rolls-Royce debut of the Phantom on 1 January 2003 was so much bigger than revealing an all-new ultra-luxury vehicle; it marked the 21st-Century rebirth of the most famous luxury brand in the world and the first look at a masterpiece that immediately fixed itself at the height of automotive superiority.

For the past half of a decade, under the BMW Group’s ownership, and without publicity, skilled design, engineering, and production teams had watched over the creation of a flagship Rolls-Royce automobile and advanced production facility in south England on the Goodwood Estate.

Without equal in its industry, the accomplishment was even more amazing for a company which bore the historic ups and occasional downs and high expectations for the future.

From its debut, the Phantom confirmed that it was worthy of the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy figurine. From Pantheon grille to lengthy rear overhang, its design was truly Rolls-Royce. All its angles unveil a strong yet sophisticated car with an unmatched road presence.

For such an impressive vehicle, Phantom astonished drivers with its dexterity and precise moves with a ride described by the Roll-Royce at that time as 'meant to lower pulse rates'. The splendidly inspired ride, celebrated through generations, returned and reaffirms waftability in the company’s lexicon.

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