NOW THAT the new Rolls-Royce Phantom has been revealed, we can see what amazing new technologies the boffins at the Goodwood factory in West Sussex have been working on.
The centrepiece of the Phantom’s technical specifications is the new powertrain. The Rolls features a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, producing 563bhp and allowing for a 0-60mph time of 5.3 seconds.
Quite extraordinarily, this engine can deliver 900Nm of torque at only 700rpm. This is because a low-end output at lower revs was required as part of the idea of creating ‘the most silent motor car in the world’.
Working in conjunction with the Phantom VIII’s massive engine is a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.
What’s amazing about this is that it’s fitted with a satellite-aided transmission system. This means that the car analyses its geographic location and the driver’s driving style, and selects gears accordingly.
Beneath the Phantom’s colossal bodywork lies one of the most advanced components to be found in the Rolls.
The car has an aluminium spaceframe structure that makes the car 30 per cent more rigid than the previous model. Rolls-Royce says that this makes driving the Phantom feel like a ‘magic carpet ride’, with the added lightness and stiffness bringing a ‘whole new level’ of comfort.
Aiding the advanced spaceframe is the newest version of Rolls-Royce’s air suspension system.
This technology is capable of making millions of calculations per second as it alters the electronically controlled shock absorbers in reaction to any body roll and acceleration.
Headlights are one of the most standard features a car could possibly have, but on a Rolls-Royce, nothing is ever ordinary.
The Phantom VIII’s headlights have a new laserlight system, allowing the driver to have the road in front of them illuminated for up to 600 metres. This is also backed up by night vision technology.
The Phantom VIII certainly keeps an eye out for trouble, as a stereo camera system mounted to the front windscreen scans the road ahead and makes adjustments to the suspension at speeds of up to 62mph.
In addition, a separate four-camera system provides panoramic and helicopter views of the car.
The Phantom VIII has a touch-sensitive door system, which Rolls-Royce says allows your ‘valet’ to activate the door’s automatic whispering close feature by lightly touching a sensor on the handle.
The seat you find yourself in after the door has closed is based off a classic Eames lounge chair from 1956, but owners can commission personalised seating, including a sleeper option.
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