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Rolls-Royce has decided to roll out the red carpet for this year’s Geneva Motor Show, unveiling its Phantom Series II family of vehicles. The Phantom Sedan, Phantom Drophead Coupe, and Phantom Coupe have all received updates with “contemporary yet timeless design enhancements that frame the introduction of cutting-edge technologies which significantly improve the car’s drive-train, ease-of-use and connectivity.”
The Phantom models receive a new front-end design, featuring restyled bumpers and rectangular lights. But the British luxury automaker did what it does best, and the Phantom Series II is the first production car to ever include full LED headlights as standard. Not only do the LED headlights deliver a brighter and whiter light, it allows Rolls-Royce to introduce a variety of new technologies to better control lighting.
The Series II also sees updates to its in-car-entertainment system with a redesigned multimedia controller and a new satellite navigation system that’s been updated with 3D maps. Additional functions with the new navigation system includes guided tours, enhanced points of interest, and composite route planning – all now displayed on a 8.8-inch monitor. For additional safety, front, rear, and top-view cameras have been added.
While the engine has remain untouched on the Phantom models, Rolls-Royce did mate the V12 powerplant to a new eight-speed automatic transmission that sports a new rear differential. Fuel efficiency has been improved by 10-percent thanks to the new transmission.
Check out the extensive photo gallery that Rolls-Royce has released before the show doors open, and check back later when we see them all uncovered for some live photos.
GALLERY: Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II
GALLERY: Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Series II
GALLERY: Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Series II
GALLERY: Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheel Base Series II
Wald’s creations are known to be aggressive but for the most part they tend to keep the luxury still intact with their styling packages. This time however, they may have gone too far with their Black Bison kit for the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe.
We’d be the first ones to say that a Rolls-Royce is probably the last car you ever want to put a body kit on, and unfortunately Wald is further proof of that. In an attempt to add some sportiness to one of the world’s most luxurious convertibles, they’ve turned it into some sort of atrocity. Wald plans on debuting this package at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, which adds a new front bumper with mesh inserts and LED daytime running lights. The side skirts are somewhat tolerable, but the rear diffuser looks out of place. We do find the trunk-mounted lip spoiler to be a nice touch however.
In addition to the five-piece body kit, Wald also offers front fender vents, carbon fiber accents, lowered suspension and custom wheels for the Phantom Drophead Coupe.
GALLERY: Wald Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
Bijan Pakzad is well known for his exclusive boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but to automotive enthusiasts, we know him as the designer of a custom yellow Bugatti Veyron which is often seen in front of his store – the same one was that sadly vandalized after his untimely death.
Deep down though, Bijan always had a passion for Rolls-Royces, having agreed to a partnership with the famed luxury car manufacturer to design and release a limited series of unique Rolls-Royce Phantoms. Unfortunately Bijan didn’t live to see his vision of a Rolls-Royce, but the unveiling of the Bijan Edition Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe would make him proud.
The Drophead Coupe clearly incorporates Bijan’s passion for all-things yellow, and the special edition vehicle is estimated to be valued at $1.6 million. Bijan executives hope to make a dozen of these creations which also feature a Bijan watch surrounded by white diamonds embedded in the dash, and a set of crystal glasses in a picnic set found in the trunk.
[Source: Dirk A Photography]