Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII review

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Rolls-Royce has redesigned its flagship Phantom. Now in its eighth design iteration, the nameplate, which debuted in 1925, keeps its brawny yet dynamic looks and ultra-luxury appointments. The vehicle is currently in production at the company’s Goodwood, West Sussex, England plant with orders being fulfilled just a few months after your order is placed.

Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII exterior

The exterior of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII projects strength and luxury. There are definite changes from the Phantom VII including a bolder grille and a more masculine stance. The car’s design lines are sharp and square, harkening back to a bygone era while still managing to pull off a modern aesthetic.

Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII performance

The Phantom VIII gets its power from the 6.75-litre V12 engine under its bonnet. With or without the extended wheelbase, the car achieves 564 horsepower and 664 lb.-ft. of torque. It gets from zero to 60 mph in just over 5 seconds. Acceleration is effortless though a tad unsatisfying due to light pedal feel.

Despite its 5,490-pound weight, the Phantom VIII is impressively nimble. Steering is properly weighted, and the large wheel size works well to maneuver the car on city streets, highways, and down tight driveways. Braking is appropriately strong.

This Phantom is 30-percent more rigid than its predecessor and comes equipped with the company’s next-gen self-levelling air suspension. At speeds under 100 km/hr, a stereo camera system that is integrated in the windscreen views the road ahead, adjusting the Phantom’s suspension proactively. This combination equates to a smooth ride for all inside the vehicle, whether on a bumpy park lane or sitting in stop and go traffic.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull
Eileen is the writer of the nationally syndicated column Automotive Minute in The Business Journals, which explores the automotive industry focusing on news, reviews, and interviews. She loves finding out about the business strategy, design, and drivability of vehicles. Eileen is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report Best Cars.