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2018 Rolls Royce Phantom spotted testing

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom spotted testing
Bilal Firfiray Bilal Firfiray Thursday 16 March 2017, 19:28 PM

Production of the seventh generation Phantom ceased last year, and Rolls-Royce has already put the replacement through rigorous testing. The new generation Phantom has been spotted dropping some camo and undergoing a weather test in Sweden.

A prototype was spotted with lesser disguise revealing the production ready tail-pipes and rear view mirrors. The eight generation flagship from the British marque would be as big and opulent as its predecessor. However, it will be lighter owing to the new modular platform made largely out of aluminium. The new gen Phantom will also benefit from parent company BMW’s carbon fibre expertise in certain key areas to keep the weight down. Under the camouflage, the Luxo-barge is seen sporting sleeker LED headlamps, the characteristic massive grille upfront and smooth flowing tailgate with similar tail lights as the outgoing car.

Rolls-Royce will carry forward the massive V12 engine, albeit with efficient touches from BMW. However, the next gen Phantom might get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain a little later in its production run. The owners will no longer need to hire a chauffeur since the Rolls-Royce will bring out semi-autonomous tech in the new flagship, with new connectivity options and driver assistance technologies.

Rolls-Royce is expected to launch the new flagship Phantom at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show and the car will hit the roads later next year.

 

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