Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced the Phantom Series II at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Rolls-Royce wants this lineup of cars, which include the Phantom Saloon, Phantom Drophead Coupé and Phantom Coupé, to reflect this new world and so it made updates to its design that were contemporary but timeless.
It introduced the latest technologies that significantly enhance the drive-train, ease-of-use and connectivity of the car. Rolls-Royce is the first to use full LED headlamps as standard equipment on a production car. It also presented new technologies that offer improved control lighting as well as a whiter light, augmenting safety and averting driver tiredness.
For instance, the curve light functionality uses electronically-controlled reflectors so that headlamp beams could be focused in the direction of travel, offering greater illumination of the road ahead when cornering.
Depending on the different driving speeds, the adaptive headlamps could change the cone of light projected onto a road. Each component of the Phantom experience had to be effortless so this led to the introduction of new driver assistance technologies and a modern user interface with re-designed multi-media controller to the Phantom Series II.
The new satellite navigation system was fully updated with functions that include 3D maps with landscape topography, guided tours and improved points of interest, as well as composite route planning. The information, maps and video content are shown on Phantom’s bigger 8.8 inch control centre display, a feature highlighted by eight programmable bookmarks giving access to major functions at a driver’s fingertips.
Maneuvering gets easier with front, rear and top-view camera systems. For example, rear path prediction instantly deploys on the screen when doing reverse parking. The V12 direct injection engine is complemented by a new 8-speed automatic gearbox and rear differential. Fuel consumption is improved by 10% on the combined cycle and its CO2 emissions dropped from 388 to 347 g/km as a result.
The luxurious and iconic interior of the new Phantom Saloon has been achieved by engaging a simple design but employing the finest materials available. For instance, the floor of the Phantom Saloon is enveloped with deep, lambs-wool rugs while the car’s touch points are made from wood, chrome or leather.
Of course, rear passengers are the usual focal point of luxury inside any Rolls-Royce vehicles and that doesn’t exclude the Phantom Saloon. Inside the Phantom Saloon, rear seats are elevated by 18 mm and these provide rear passengers with a rousing view of the front end. Rolls-Royce has decreased the number of seat flutes in both front and rear -- from five to three – to provide a more contemporary balance to the Phantom Saloon’s natural grain leather.
While the luxurious and comfortable interior of the Phantom Saloon could serve as a suitable environment for relaxation, it could also act as a bastion for exciting entertainment. This is thanks to Phantom Saloon's theatre configuration that features two monitors within veneered picnic tables. These monitors are connected to a multi-media player in a compartment at the rear of the center console.
In addition, occupants could be separately entertained, thanks to AV connectors and a six-DVD changer in the lower glove box and a USB port in the center console. This means that occupants can view separate content wherever they may be seated, front or rear. This theatre-like configuration of the Phantom Saloon is boosted by Harman’s LOGIC7 surround sound system that comes with a clever combination of speakers including subwoofers, and a nine-channel amplifier. Overall, the LOGIC7 surround sound system helps create a theatre-like experience with varying degrees of audio depth.
Interestingly, the saloon’s analogue clock could be flipped – with a single press of a button -- to reveal a new control center display that now measures 8.8 inches and boasts of enhanced pixel density. This new control center display also features a split-menu display that allows drivers to have access to different vehicle functions.