If you were expecting big changes for the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom, you are going to be disappointed.
AutoGuide.com‘s spy photographers have caught the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom testing and it is looking pretty much the same. It appears it will be more of an evolution than a revolution for the opulent luxury sedan, with the British automaker focusing on shedding weight by giving it an all-new aluminum space-frame architecture. The new architecture will eventually underpin Rolls-Royce crossover models as well as the rest of the company’s lineup in the future.
Earlier this year, Rolls-Royce announced the development of its new architecture, and that it will begin arriving in production models in early 2018. At the time, the British automaker revealed that engineering mules would be tested around the world to ensure the new space-frame architecture delivers the company’s trademark “magic-carpet ride.”
For most of Rolls-Royce’s history, the company has never really paid any attention to weight, helping offset the giant sedan with a massive 6.8-liter V12 engine sporting 453 horsepower. But with fuel economy becoming an important priority thanks to regulations around the world, the company has no choice but to shed weight from its models.
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