Rolls-Royce - Phantom Modern
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is an ultra-luxury saloon automobile made since 2003 by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, now a BMW subsidiary. It was launched in 2003 and is the first Rolls-Royce branded car made under the ownership of BMW. Although some 15 percent of components are shared with other BMW models such as the BMW 7 Series, the Phantom retains the traditional Rolls-Royce design cues.  The intention was to avoid being seen as just an extension to the BMW range. When Mercedes introduced its Maybach luxury saloon, it was criticized for producing "the ultimate Mercedes" instead of a totally different car. The car shared many components with and looked like the less expensive S-Class Sedan. BMW learned from this lesson, selling the Phantom through separate dealerships where BMWs are not sold, while the Maybach showroom also sells the most basic of Mercedes models.
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GB (UK) England
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Rolls Royce Phantom 2007
Rolls Royce Phantom
Location
Reading
County
Berkshire, England
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Number of persons:3  Chauffeur and 3 adult passengersLuggage: 2 large + 2 small Available only with chauffeur:chauffeur Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning:Climate Control Audio: radio cd
South Africa
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Rolls Royce Phantom 
Rolls Royce Phantom
Location
Cape Town
County
South Africa
Number of persons:4 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:30 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
USA
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Rolls Royce Phantom 2007
Rolls Royce Phantom
Location
Los Angeles
County
California CA, USA
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Number of persons:5 Luggage: 2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
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Rolls Royce Phantom 2007
Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead
Location
Los Angeles
County
California CA, USA
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Number of persons:4 Luggage: 2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:25 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio: radio cd
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Rolls Royce Phantom 
Rolls Royce Phantom
Location
Chicago
County
Illinois
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Number of persons:5 Luggage:2 large + 2 small Minimum driver age:21 Gearbox:auto Power steering: Leather interior: Air conditioning: Audio:radio mp3

The aluminium spaceframe body is built in a BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany and the V12 engine in Munich. Final assembly, as well as all wood and leather work, for each customer's individual specification is at a purpose built €100M plant at Goodwood, West Sussex, England. The Goodwood plant contains only two robots to paint the spaceframe body; all other work is done by hand, in keeping with the Rolls-Royce tradition. 

 

The car has a number of novel features:

  • Instead of a tachometer, the car has a power reserve dial indicating how much of the engine's power is left available to the driver.
  • The rear doors are rear-hinged, a style commonly referred to as suicide doors, but called 'coach doors' by Rolls-Royce. Because of the rear-seating position in relation to the rear inner-door handles, buttons are mounted on both C-pillars which operate hydraulic motors in order to close the rear doors. An electronic lock prevents the doors from being accidentally opened when moving.
  • The rear doors feature pop-out umbrellas. Fans are installed in the holding compartment to remove moisture when the umbrellas are stored. Škoda offers a similar feature for the compact executive car Škoda Superb (a plastic box inside the left rear seat's armrest including an umbrella).
  • The traditional Spirit of Ecstasy ornament has an electronic retraction mechanism to prevent theft and protect pedestrians in the event of an accident. It may also be retracted by the driver at the touch of a button.
  • The 'RR' logos on each of the wheel hubs are independent bezels in order to always remain upright while the wheel is rotating.  

     

    Source: Wikipedia.
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