Published on 04 Jan 2013 by Adriano
The Rolls Royce Phantom is 10 years old, and the legendary British carmaker pays tribute to its own flagship with an extensive gallery of images, which aims to document the evolution of the first car developed in cooperation with the engineers from BMW, the company that took over the rights on the brand in the late 90s. The Rolls Royce Phantom got launched on January 1st, 2003 and was initially produced in one unit per day with 400 people working on it. Nowadays, ten years later, the Phantom is produced in 20 units per day by more than 1,400 employees, 100 of whom got hired in 2012.
The British flagship measures 5,834 mm in length, 1,990 mm in width and 1,632 mm in height. The wheelbase is 3,570 mm, and the weight can range between 2,550 kg of the standard version - so to speak - and the 2,670 kg of EWB long wheelbase (6091 mm) variant. The car is equipped with a 6.75-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, which develops a maximum power of 460 horsepower at 5350 rpm and a maximum torque of 720 Nm at 3,500 rpm. The transmission is a 6-speed automatic gearbox supplied by German specialist ZF, while the set up provides for quadrilateral front- and rear- suspension.
The Phantom range expanded in 2005 with the arrival of the Phantom EWB, in 2007 with the Phantom Drophead Coupe and in 2008 with the Phantom Coupe (2008), while in 2012 the model underwent its first serious facelift. The Series II, which was introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, came with new full LED headlamps, renewed front and rear bumpers, multimedia 8.8-inch touch-screen and a brand new 8-speed automatic transmission, which reduces fuel consumption by 10% and cuts CO2 emissions proportionally.