The 2020 Rolls Royce Phantom has a simple design brief, but it is one with great consequences for its engineers and designers. This is because it is simply meant to be the best car in the world. Not that Rolls-Royce calls the Phantom a car, and refers to it as a “luxury item.” Due to the rare nature of the car, the competitors of the Rolls-Royce Phantom are few and far between, with the most direct competitor being the Bentley Mulsanne or its high-riding cousin, the Bentley Bentayga. The Mercedes S-Class, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ (long wheelbase) and BMW 7 Series all offer a VIP experience, but look mainstream compared to the Phantom. SUVs also find favor with the world’s elite, allowing a long-wheelbase Range Rover to fit the bill. That is, until the Rolls-Royce Phantom SUV arrives, based on the same substructure as the Phantom itself.
2020 Rolls Royce Phantom Interior
Once inside, you feel separate from the world, partly because it is just as quiet. You can be safe knowing that every material you can see or touch is metal if it looks shiny and real wood when it looks brown. It goes without saying, but you can also be sure that every material of the best quality is available, from the impeccably soft leather to the deep pile carpets. Perhaps even more inspiring is the ‘Starlight Headliner’, which has so far been the largest in any Rolls-Royce and accurately represents the night sky above the company’s Goodwood headquarters.
One of the Phantom’s most unique features is ‘The Gallery’. It consists of a single piece of glass that extends the entire width of the dashboard. It covers the fully digital instrument group, moves behind the pop-up infotainment screen and then essentially forms a blank canvas for clients to instruct artists to create unique designs and finishes behind it. Elsewhere, the switches and dials are a pleasure to use, with extremely pleasing action for everything you touch, from the air vents to the climate control dial.
2020 Rolls Royce Phantom Equipment
Given the Phantom design brief to be the largest car in the world, and the fact that it won’t be replaced for a few years, Rolls-Royce has thrown in virtually every possible technological miracle. In fact, it is said to be the most technologically advanced model the BMW Group has ever produced.
Just a few of the highlights include four cameras to provide a view of the outside world, such as from a helicopter, night vision, active navigation, the latest navigation and infotainment, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a 7×3 color head-up display. The wheels are 21 inches in diameter and feature the iconic ‘RR’ center caps, which always stay on track.
2020 Rolls Royce Phantom Engine
The new 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 may sound like the kind of engine fitted to a Lamborghini, but in the Phantom it can’t be any different, because it’s almost silent. Rolls-Royce has made incredible efforts to make the interior as quiet as possible, with 6mm two-layer glass around the car and more than 130kg of sound insulation, including under-floor cavities and headlamps. The Phantom even has new-found tires with foam inside to quickly cut off the drainage noise, which is why Rolls-Royce is unlikely to put a rude exhaust on the car.
Instead, it delivers its 563 hp and amazing traction from incredibly low gear for a sense of effortless performance. It all works in perfect harmony with the eight-speed automatic transmission, which can rarely be felt from one gear to the next. It’s probably enough to describe the performance as “a lot”, but if you need to know numbers, the Phantom will transfer you from 5 to 6 km / h in 5.3 raw seconds to a controlled top speed of 155 km / h. In comparison, the somewhat sportier Bentley Mulsanne Speed is faster and rolls up to 4.8 km / h in 4.8 seconds.
2020 Rolls Royce Phantom Safety
Instead, it delivers its 563 hp and amazing traction from incredibly low gear for a sense of effortless performance. It all works in perfect harmony with the eight-speed automatic transmission, which can rarely be felt from one gear to the next. It is unlikely that the Phantom will ever undergo independent crash tests under Euro NCAP, but despite this, it is possible to say with great certainty that 2020 Rolls Royce Phantom is a very safe place.