Rolls-Royce has launched the Phantom Series II in India. As part of the most significant overhaul of the Phantom since its launch in 2003, the Phantom Series II incorporates a series of subtle styling tweaks. The biggest changes are the addition of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, a new rear differential and overhauled electronic systems in the cabin.
The new eight-speed automatic replaces the existing six-speed transmission. It is mated to an otherwise unchanged 453bhp 6.7-litre V12 engine.
The Phantom Series II is the first production car to adopt full LED headlamps as standard. The adaptive lights change in intensity according to speed and feature electronically-controlled reflectors to focus the headlamps’ beam in the direction of travel, which provides greater illumination of the road when cornering. The car also features a modern user interface with a re-designed multi-media controller, and a new satellite navigation system. Other styling changes on the Series II include restyled bumpers and rectangular light apertures.
The changes are adopted across all four models in the Phantom range - saloon, extended-wheelbase saloon, coupé and drophead. The prices for the saloon start at Rs 4.5 crore (ex-showroom).
Issue: 166 | June 2013
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