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Geneva Motor Show 2012: Rolls Royce Phantom facelift

The whole Phantom range gets a few nips and tucks...

Rolls-Royce has chosen the Geneva Show to unveil the new facelifted Phantom range that includes the Saloon, Drophead Coupe and Coupe body styles. Rolls has named it the Phantom Series II and features a few cosmetic updates to distinguish itself from the Phantom that was initially launched in 2003.

The front end has taken a trip to the stylists and features redesigned bumpers and a new set of full LED headlights. The circular lower lights that were a trademark of the range have been replaced with a smaller horizontal strip of LED lights, which in our opinion is a shame. The new front end looks much less distinctive than the old model and now looks, dare we say it, like a Chinese copy of the Phantom! The new lights also incorporate electronically-controlled reflectors that focus the beam of the lights in the direction of travel.

Inside the cabin, the dashboard gets a larger 8.8-inch display that has been enhanced with 3D maps with landscape topography, guided tours and enhanced points of interest. It also displays the front, rear and top-view camera views to help when parking. These could be handy when you’re piloting an almost 6 metre long vehicle.

A brand new 8-speed automatic gearbox (previously seen on the Ghost) and rear differential now works with the 6.75 litre V12 engine that has improved fuel consumption by 10% as well as knock down emissions from 388g/km to 347g/km.

Prices are due to rise slightly, but in the rarefied world of Rolls Royce purchasing that shouldn’t matter too much.

Images courtesy of Rolls Royce

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more