For starters, this is not an automobile “review” but rather a stunning visual experience of one of the world’s most famous, most expensive car in the world. Yes, I am talking about none other than Rolls Royce. A brand known for its epitome of luxury, elegance, class and the “Royal” factor, owning a Rolls Royce itself is considered a prestige & status & authority symbol than anything else. The BMW owned brand calls it a “ceremonial” chariot, having been owned by the Kings, Nizams and Maharajas of India and currently comes under the “Super Luxury” category of cars. It comes as no surprise that this was also reinstated as the “Best Car in the World”.
I was privileged to be invited as an automobile blogger to an exclusive launch of the Rolls Royce Phantom (extended wheelbase edition) , the first time in South India , here in Chennai. The first look of the car itself had a mesmerizing effect on me on the grandeur, beauty and the royal charisma, the car seemed to exude quite visibly. Be it the iconic Rolls Royce logo or the shining all-aluminium spaceframe, the Rolls Royce stood like a majestic vehicle in the centre of the ball room. Even as the engine was turned on and you sat inside it, the car stood at pin drop silence and you couldn’t even make out the powerful V12 engine was actually running.
Here are some amazing facts about the Rolls Royce Phantom.
Owned by BMW
The car is layered up with 130Kg of sound insulation, fitted with a double laminated glass and you can expect absolute silence when you are being driven. Apparently sound was so quiet that even the test engineers had a hard time figuring out if their calibration machines were working or not.
One of the most distinctive features of the Rolls Royce is the Handmade finish. Almost everything in the Rolls Royce is made by hand. This includes
- Rolls Royce Radiator Grille (even a measuring instrument is not used)
- The Space Frame Chasse
- 5 Layers of Painting
- The starry lit ceiling/roof of the car
- Interior Veneers and pretty much everything else
Rolls Royce Logo in Wheel Cap
The distinctive Rolls Royce Logo with the double “R” , though placed in the center of the wheel cap, never rotates even the wheel is spinning at a great speed. I have no idea how they managed to do that, but that’s something you should definitely notice, next time you see a Rolls Royce go past you.
Spoilt for choice is literally a fact when it comes to the Rolls Royce. A customer can actually choose from 44,000 exterior colours and also any personalized design from the company. The Sultan of Brunei incidentally owns a Rolls Royce Phantom made of pure gold.
You might as well experience the same luxury that of a 5 star hotel ‘suite’, being adorned with the finest leather and veneers. Even the rear seating is curated from lounge to individual formats. The impressive array of wood and leather can leave any one stunning.
Rolls Royce Phantom Tech Specs
- Vehicle length 5982 mm / 235.5 in
- Vehicle width 2018 mm / 79.4 in
- Vehicle height (unladen) 1656 mm / 65.2 in
- Wheelbase 3772 mm
Pricing in India for Phantom (Standard Wheelbase) has been officially announced at Rs 9.5 Crores, with Phantom Extended Wheelbase from Rs 11.35 Crores, inclusive of a four-year service package and regional warranty, 24-hour roadside support . This is an ex showroom price and taxes are extra.
Keep dreaming, never give up on anything , achieve your goals, and someday you might just find yourself owning one of these 🙂