2018 Rolls Royce Phantom Driven On Snow & Ice – Video
There’s an all-new engine nestled under the Phantom VIII’s hood, still displacing the classic six and three-quarter liters. The V12 engine gains two turbochargers for 2018 and spins out 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. If you’re so inclined, the Phantom will waft to 60 miles per hour in a little over five seconds. A glance at the dyno sheet proves the engine is very much under-stressed – torque peaks at 1,700 RPM and stays pegged at that figure basically forever… or at least until the GPS-guided, ZF-supplied, eight-speed automatic transmission decides it’s time to shift. You’ll barely be able to notice when those shifts fire off, so seamless is the powertrain and so silent the car, and you definitely won’t miss the nonexistent paddle shifters on the hand-stitched leather steering wheel.
The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is the best luxury car you can buy for any amount of money. If you have deep enough pockets – which, if you’re shopping for a Phantom, you certainly have – you can drive away with a vehicle unlike any other on the road. The standard-wheelbase model starts around $450,000. Extended-wheelbases Phantoms begin around $530,000. Most buyers will add enough options to push their personal Phantom to around the $650,000 mark.