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Spied: 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom sheds more cover


A clearer look at the rear and cabin of next-gen Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce is hard at work for the development of the all-new Phantom. First spied five months ago, this latest sighting sees more camouflage dropped, allowing us to see more of the car's profile. Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce has stopped production of the Phantom Series II in preparation of the all-new model.

As expected, the body of the all-new Phantom is an evolutionary take from the recently discontinued model. It retains the general shape of the old Phantom with its high roof and flat front end. Rolls-Royce did streamline the rear section of the car by giving it a sloping windshield that merges into the trunklid. These latest batch of photos also show that the automaker has stuck with tradition with its signature waterfall grill and slim headlights.


With the false panels removed, we now have a clearer look at the car's tail lights. The units are a modern interpretation of the current Phantom's lights, now squared off and given an LED treatment. Another signature feature carried over to the all-new model are the coach doors.

At the moment, the new Phantom's final interior design is still under development. While mostly covered with cloth, one can see the steering column mounted gear selector, a wide screen for the infotainment system and the iDrive scroll wheel sourced from BMW. Partially seen are metallic touches on the center console and what appears to be piano black wood trim running the width of the dashboard. Most notably, Rolls-Royce breaks from tradition by offering LCD screens in lieu of analogue dials in the instrument cluster.

There are currently no details surrounding the powertrain of the all-new Phantom. Do expect V12 power from BMW, as well as more technologies from the British marque's parent company. The V12 engine, likely to be derived from the current BMW M760Li, is a 6.6 liter, twin turbocharged mill producing 610 PS and 800 Nm of torque and shifts via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Application in the Rolls-Royce may see a slight bump in power. 

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