We drove the all-new $630,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom to see the future of automotive opulence - here's what it was like
- The Rolls-Royce Phantom is all-new for 2018.
- The eighth generation Phantom is powered by a new 563 horsepower, 6.75-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 engine.
- The new Rolls-Royce Phantom starts at $450,000 while our decked-out left the factory with a price tag of $630,000.
For the first time in 15 years, we get a brand-new from the ground up Phantom."The Phantom is the pinnacle of the Rolls-Royce brand in its truest sense," Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO Torsten Müller-ötvös told Business Insider in an interview ahead of the car's unveiling last July. "It embodies all of the qualities Rolls-Royce is well known for. It starts with the magic carpet ride, the quality, the precision design, and engineering."
"It embodies what Sir Henry Royce said, 'Take the best that exists and make it even better,' and that is exactly what the Phantom is in every single detail," Müller-ötvös added.
Now, we finally get a chance to experience it in living color.
On Wednesday, Business Insider was able to take a brief drive in a long-wheelbase Phantom through the streets of New York City. Even though we were only able to spend about an hour or so with the car, it was enough time for us to get a feel for its luxury and performance.
We will have a full review of the Phantom at a later date after a comprehensive road test of the new Rolls flagship.
The standard wheelbase Phantom starts at about $450,000. However, our test car is an extended wheelbase model which is eight inches longer than the standard Phantom and starts at $530,000. With "bespoke" optional extras, our black and emerald green Roller costs more than $630,000.
Here's a closer look at the new eighth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom.