The builders of the Ghost, Wraith, and Phantom are into silent and mysterious forces. The mystery behind the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom is: “How is this 563 horsepower V12 beast so comfortable and quiet while charging from zero-to-60 in five seconds?”
It’s a conundrum only Rolls-Royce could achieve.
“The Most Silent Car in the World”
That’s exactly how the press release described this car for the launch party. Engineers used many techniques and technologies, many never used before, to protect the occupants from intrusive noise.
- 6mm glazing all-around the car
- Over 300 pounds of sound-deadening material
- Largest-ever cast aluminum joints connecting the body panels
- Double skin alloy in the floor and bulkhead
- Foam and felt layers between the double skins
- “Silent-Seal” tires with a proprietary foam layer
The new Phantom is 10 percent quieter than the outgoing model at highway speed, yet it actually includes no noise-canceling stereo technology. All the silence is achieved with pure craftsmanship.
When acoustic engineers first tested this machine, the results were so quiet they thought their instruments were miscalibrated.
All the attention to noise protection insulates the occupants not only from the world outside but also the thunder under the hood.
The 6.75 liter twin-turbo V12 provides 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque at an ultra-low 1700 revolutions per minute. It distributes power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission. Top speed is 155, but it never feels fast.
From the outside, engine noise is imperceptible. Inside the car, you’ll feel the scarcest of rumbles from the 12 cylinders. Behind the wheel, not even a tachometer will tell you what the engine is doing. Rolls-Royce prefers a power reserve gauge that tells you how much punch you have at hand.
The latest version of the Magic Carpet Ride, chassis control system delivers the soft ride you’d expect but also a remarkable ability to stay flat in corners at high speed. T,he 5600 pound coach never feels the least bit out of control.
Despite all its refinement, it’s ready to race although Rolls-Royce product planner Christian Wettach says: “When you get in a Phantom, there is no rush anymore.”
That’s how Rolls-Royce describes entering the Phantom. The doors open and close at a touch. Sure, the seats are heated, but so are the door arm rests, the center console, and C-pillar. Each passenger gets individual climate controls and a retractable curtain.
The dash includes a gallery space that can house a painting, sculpture, or other original artwork of the owner’s choosing. When you’re not looking at that, enjoy the LED lighting display across the ceiling or the individual rear theater monitors behind each front seat.
Choose from an infinite variety of interior options and details including a rear sleeping seat.
The Phantom includes the latest driver aids including active cruise control, 360-degree surround cameras, and collision avoidance sensors, but none of that is as astounding as the silence.
Rolls-Royce continues to engineer the finest luxury experience for you and your chauffeur. The newest Phantom resets the standard for decadent motoring pleasure.