Serum Institute’s Adar Poonawalla spotted in his second Rolls Royce Phantom VIII

Renowned Indian businessman Adar Poonawalla is one of the most celebrated personalities in the country, especially after his contribution to making a vaccine for the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. Apart from his contribution to medicines and vaccines, the head of the Serum Institute of India is also known for his love and passion for expensive luxury and sports cars. Poonawalla is often spotted driving or being driven in expensive cars, and it looks like his latest acquisition is a brand-new Rolls Royce Phantom VIII.

A video from the YouTube channel of CS12 Shorts has surfaced on the streaming channel, which shows the silver-coloured Rolls Royce Phantom VIII of Adar Poonawalla gliding through the traffic-laden streets of Mumbai. The Phantom VIII is seen pacing through the traffic full of black-and-yellow cabs, which are a popular sight on the Mumbai roads.

Amidst all the other cars, the Rolls Phantom VIII moves slowly, showcasing all of its mighty road presence. Without any doubt, the car looks majestic on the roads of Mumbai and does command attention wherever it goes. While the car is owned by Adar Poonawalla, the businessman is not seen inside the car in this video. The car is guarded by a black-coloured Mercedes-AMG GL63 SUV behind it.

Adar Poonawalla always had a soft corner for Rolls Royce and he also owns another Phantom VIII in a different shade. He already owns some of its iconic models like the Phantom VII and Ghost Series-I. He also owns a few vintage models of Rolls Royce from the past, which makes his garage an enviable collection. Apart from the Rolls Royces, Adar Poonawalla also owns some other exotic cars like Ferrari 360 Spider, Bentley Continental GT, McLaren 720S and even a fully-customized Batmobile.

8th-gen Rolls Royce Phantom VIII

Adar Poonawalla now joins the ranks of other elite businessmen of India, who have laid their hands on the all-new eighth-generation Rolls Royce Phantom VIII. The list of people owning Rolls Royce Phantom VIII also includes India’s top-rated businessman, Mukesh Ambani. In this latest generation model, the Rolls Royce Phantom has become much more glamorous and majestic, while now coming with all the modern amenities which were missing in the previous generation model.

Powering the Rolls Royce Phantom is a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine, which is paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. The engine produces 571 PS of maximum power and 900 Nm of maximum torque, making it one of the most powerful sedans in the world.

Poonawalla requested Musk to bring Tesla to India

Earlier this year, Poonawalla tweeted to Elon Musk requesting him to bring Tesla officially to India. Poonawalla added that for the high-quality and large-scale manufacturing of Tesla cars, Musk should invest in India. Adar also said that investing in India will be the best-ever investment decision for Musk.

Shantonil Nag

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