Available at an ex-showroom price of Rs 11.35 crore (for the long wheelbase model), the latest-generation Rolls Royce Phantom is the most expensive car you can buy in India. However, here are 10 of the many features that justify the stratospheric price tag.
You can’t steal the Spirit of Ecstasy
You must have spotted many cars, especially high-end models, driving around with no badges! Mostly, these badges are missing because they have been stolen at some point in time. Thieves get a good value for these badges in the grey market. Well, the good news is that it’s impossible to steal the Spirit of Ecstasy of a Phantom VIII. The hood ornament comes with a spring-loaded mechanism that automatically retracts the ‘Flying Lady’ into the radiator grille as soon as any force is applied to it.
Sensor-push Automatic Doors
The Rolls Royce Phantom VIII has a touch-sensitive door system for all four doors. The company says this feature enables the valet to use the door’s automatic whispering close feature by simply touching a sensor on the door handle. By the way, the famous suicide rear doors are even there on the latest-gen model.
The new 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom VIII even comes with its own “gallery”! The new Phantom has a glass-encased dashboard that can become a showcase of some highly-valued painting or other commissioned artworks! Basically, all the elements, which include things like the digital instrument panel, driver assistance systems, and navigation instructions, are enclosed in a single piece of glass that stretches from one end of the dashboard to other.
The Phantom VIII’s 6.75-litre V12 engine sends power to the rear wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox. This gearbox has a GPS receiver that analyses the car’s speed and location to optimize the gearshift timings. A dynamic transmission that changes gears as per the road conditions – mind blowing, no?
Engine can’t be heard over ticking clock
The occupants of the Phantom VIII enjoy absolute silence and isolation from the outside world. The cabin gets 130 kgs of sound-deadening material. Rolls Royce claims that the Phantom VIII is the world’s most silent motor car. Even the tyres on the new Phantom cut down the road noise by 9 decibels more than before. There’s so much silence on offer that the occupants can’t hear the engine over the ticking of the analog clock.
Luxury yacht-like interior
The plush interior of the latest Phantom VIII is befitting of a luxury yacht. The overall ambiance is very classy and every inch of the cabin gets the best of materials. Only bullhide is used for the upholstery. Cowhide isn’t chosen simply because cows, on giving birth, get stretch marks, which is something that Rolls Royce doesn’t want on the hide for the Phantom. It takes the company as many as 17 days to complete the interior of one Phantom. All that wood veneer you see in the cabin comes from humidified chambers that prevent the material from developing even minute cracks. The veneer is kept on only velvet sheets before installation so that it doesn’t get scratched.
It is said that Rolls Royce has only four robots in its factory. Out of these, two are used for application of primer coat to the car’s exterior. Most of the work is done by hand, which is something that is very rare in today’s era of mass-produced cars. Of course, this Roller isn’t exactly ‘mass produced’ either. Only about 500 of these can be produced in an entire year. While car manufacturers use stickers for pin-striping purposes, Rolls Royce paints the pinstripe using a brush that is made of squirrel hair! By the way, even the all-new 6.75-liter V12 engine is handmade!
Truly custom built
No two Phantom VIIIs will be exactly the same. There are actually a gazillion options for almost every part that is customisable. For example, you can choose between 44,000 exterior paint options! Rolls Royce will look into your hobbies, favorite sports, and places you’ve visited to tailor the interior as per your tastes. It will even focus on choosing the perfect umbrellas for you! Even the burgundy-white color trim for the interior you see in the image above is one of the many thousand choices you have.
Built to last
The first Rolls Royce came out in 1904. Even then, around 65% of these cars are still road-worthy! This simply goes on to show the great build quality of these cars. Also, many owners love their cars so much that they want to spend an entire lifetime with the same model, which is, of course, possible only because of the car’s long-lasting nature.
Attention to detail
It’s a well-known fact that the RR badges on the alloy wheel caps of the Phantom stay upright even when the car is being driven at high speeds. This is just one of the many things that highlight the thorough attention to detail this car has received. It is cool features like this that make the car feel so special.