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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ flagship model, the Phantom has been around since 2003, which in car years is almost an eternity.
Although Rolls is a company that prefers steady, progressive improvements rather than flash in the plan redesigns or updates (it just wouldn’t be proper you know), Goodwood has decided that the imposing Phantom could receive a few enhancements for its second decade on the market.
As a result, at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, an updated Phantom Series II made its world premiere. Changes included a revised front end with new front bumpers and full LED headlamp assemblies, plus the adoption of a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and revised rear differential, said to improve fuel economy on the monster 6.75-liter V12 by around 10 percent.
Inside, a new, larger 8.8-inch touch screen is incorporated in the center stack, while an updated navigation system and improved multi-media controller, deliver better usability for the car’s info/entertainment and ventilation systems. In addition, front, overhead and rear view cameras provide better peripheral visibility when maneuvering this magnificent beast of a car; just as well for the thought of scratching or scraping one of these things is enough to make you cringe.
GALLERY: 2013 Rolls-Royce Phanton Series II
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.