Rolls Royce launches 2013 Phantom Series II Luxury Saloon in India; Prices begin at INR 4.5 crores ex-showroom Mumbai
BMW group owned British hallowed luxury car marque, Rolls Royce, has launched the Phantom Series II luxury saloon, aimed squarely at the super rich and super famous. This luxury car, in true Rolls Royce’s tradition, wafts past rather than driving by. Such is the smoothness and sophistication with which each part of the Rolls Royce Phantom is engineered. The car will be shipped into India through the completely built unit(CBU) route and prices begin from INR 4.5 Crores for the standard wheelbase version of the Phantom Series II Saloon.
The long wheelbase version is priced at INR 5.1 Crores, both prices reflecting ex-showroom Mumbai figures. These prices also make the Rolls Royce Phantom Series II luxury saloon the most expensive luxury car to be sold in India. Competition for the Rolls Royce in India comes mainly from Volkswagen group owned Bentley, now that the Maybach brand is defunct. The all new Series II version of the 2013 Rolls Royce Phantom comes with technological innovations and stylistic changes both on the outside and on the inside.
Despite these changes, the car remains true to its quintessential roots, of being an imposing automobile, a luxury on wheels that remains instantly recognizable across the globe. While the silhouette of the Phantom Series II is unmistakably Rolls Royce in nature, the front of the car now gets curve adaptive LED headlamps and a new squared bumper. Built with light weight aluminum, the Rolls Royce Phantom is not only lighter but more fuel efficient as well. The car is powered by a hand-assembled 6.75 liter V12 petrol engine that is naturally aspirated. This V12 engine gets direct injection to improve performance and fuel economy.
The engine is good for a peak torque figure of 720 Nm of which over 540 Nm is available right at 1,000 rpm. The torque curve is flat between 1,000 to 3,000 rpm to ensure the smoothest performance possible. The engine is mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission from ZF, which is a big step up from the previous 6 speeder. The new transmission improves drivability all along by keeping the car in the right gear at the right speed for maximum smoothness. The nought to hundred waft is achieved in under 6 seconds while top speed is a considerable 250 Kph, a figure that is electronically limited.
The 2013 Rolls Royce Phantom Series II luxury saloon comes with bespoke interiors that are a mix of wood, steel and leather. The 2013 Phantom comes with a new camera system where cameras are positioned in five strategic locations, two in the curves of the front bumper, two on the underside of each wing mirror and one in the trunk lid. These cameras will work together to give the driver an insight into blind spots and otherwise invisible obstacles to make for a safer drive. The user interface is an all new affair with entertainment option for the rear seat passengers.