Rolls-Royce Phantom Caught in Spy Photos

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

We finally have a good idea of how the new Rolls-Royce Phantom will look thanks to a new set of spy shots. Freed from false body panels, we can now see the lines of Rolls’ signature model.

It isn’t a massive departure from the outgoing Phantom, but that just means that it maintains its imperious good looks and aristocratic proportions. Those hoping for a little more of the design influence of the VISION NEXT 100 may be disappointed, but the Phantom is no place to experiment with radical designs, though it does appear sleeker and more streamlined.

The lights, front and back, have been modernized and hint at the massive overhaul that’s actually happening under the Phantom’s skin, so to speak.

Sitting on a new all-aluminum platform—which will also underpin Rolls-Royce’s upcoming crossover—the new Phantom will be much lighter than the one it replaces.

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The new Phantom will also join us in the 21st century as it introduces an all new digital dashboard and iDrive-like control knob, which Rolls-Royce, in that most British of ways, resisted until now.

Under the hood it will be powered by the point-one-percenter’s engine of choice, the V12. Expect regular and long-wheelbase versions when it arrives in 2017.

Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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