ENGINE, TRANSMISSION AND PERFORMANCE
Prodigious power is provided by a 563-hp twin-turbo V-12 paired with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Acceleration is brisk, but Rolls-Royce's claimed 5.1-second zero-to-60-mph time isn't anything you'd appreciate your chauffeer trying to replicate; the Phantom is better suited for wafting along with smooth, steady inputs to throttle and steering. To say that the ride is smooth would be an understatement: The Phantom practically levitates over the road; it features a pothole-spotting camera that helps the suspension adapt to road imperfections in real time.
FUEL ECONOMY AND REAL WORLD MPG
To match a Phantom owner's conspicuous consumption, the car has quite a penchant for consuming fuel. The EPA's fuel-economy estimates run as low as 12 mpg city; although the Phantom's 20 mpg highway rating actually bests the smaller Rolls-Royce Ghost's by 2 mpg. If we ever are lucky enough to have the chance to put the Phantom through our 200-mile highway fuel economy test, we'll update this story with test results.
INTERIOR, COMFORT AND CARGO
An interior tailored for kings can be adorned with a custom-artwork dash. Acres of wood, real metal accents and vast expanses of supple leather cover nearly every square inch of the cabin. Rolls-Royce offers both a standard- and long-wheelbase version of the Phantom, the latter being 8.6 inches longer, much of which is results as additional rear-seat legroom. Rear-hinged coach doors open to allow graceful ingress and egress to the rear seat where passengers can be treated to a myriad of luxuries such as deep-pile carpeted floor mats, power-adjustable seats with massage, a refrigerated console compartment, and remote controls for the car's infotainment system.
INFORTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY
Speaking of infotainment, the Phantom comes standard with a large infotainment display artfully hidden behind a large glass panel that runs the full width of the car's dashboard. It's controlled via a rotary knob on the center console. Lest you think that rear-seat passengers are left out of the technology game, the Phantom also features touchscreens that motor down from each of the front seatbacks to provide access to the car's audio and navigation systems, and even offer a live TV tuner so passengers won't fall behind on their favorite shows while on the go.
SAFETY AND DRIVER ASSISTANCE FEATURES
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) almost certainly will not perform crash testing on the Phantom due to its low sales numbers and sky-high price tag. Its dizzying array of optional tech includes night vision and a distinct laser-light system, but Rolls-Royce also offers more mundane driver-assistance features such as forward collision and lane-departure warning as standard. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward collision warning
- Standard lane-departure warning
- Available adaptive cruise control with night vision
SOURCE: CAR AND DRIVER
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