2018 Rolls Royce Phantom will be lighter, to receive turbocharged engine


Very little is known about the new 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom, although RR have released a few teaser pictures and some minor information relating to technical specs. We’ve seen pictures of the new Phantom out testing on the roads in Europe and the rest of the world (mainly climate testing – hot and cold weather environments), but it has been heavily camouflaged, and Rolls say that the cars are just test mules, so there is a high chance that we’re seeing is just random bodywork that doesn’t relate in any way to what the new car will look like; they’re testing the mechanicals – the bits we can’t see.

Having said that, we can bring together some knowledge from our sources for a general consensus as to what Rolls Royce may do with the new model.

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Release date

The only thing we know as ‘fact’ is that Rolls are intending on releasing the new Phantom sometime in 2018. Given that they are already out testing, we would think that it will be the earlier part of 2018 rather than the latter, but it does depend on how far they’re in to their development process and cycle.

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom release date: 2018

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Price

Adding new tech and inflation to the price of any new car, we are fairly sure that the price will increase a little. Expect to see the new 2018 Rolls Royce Phantom selling for around $425,000.

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Video

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Redesign and changes

What we can say as fact is that the BMW owned Rolls Royce will introduce all new aluminum architecture, meaning less weight. It’s thought that the new platform is based upon BMW’s CLAR platform. Less weight will give numerous advantages; it will help with economy (although if you’re paying $400,000+ for a car, it’s unlikely you’ll be overly concerned by that as an owner), better ride quality and sharper handling, although Rolls Royce are adamant that ride quality will be improved upon.

There is also talk of a plug in hybrid, so the reduced weight would also help with that; fitting the associated tech for a hybrid adds weight, so it’s entirely possible that a new hybrid could still only weigh the same as the current Phantom.

2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Specs

As regards the powertrain, we know it has to be a V12, but whether that is a 6.6 or 6.7 liter forced induction motor remains to be seen.

Our sources also tell us that there will be two large TFT type screens fitted – one for the instrument cluster and one for the infotainment system, which should feature gesture control. We also think there will be an element of autonomous driving.

Editor's rating
4.6 overall
  • Safety4.8
  • Performance4.6
  • Design4.7
  • Features4.8
  • Fuel economy4

The new Phantom will keep all British luxury traditions while being lightweight and technically advanced.

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