The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom has delivered on its promise, proclaimed Mike Floyd, Automobile Magazine’s editor-in-chief. After an exclusive Swiss road trip with the Phantom, the journalist shared his heavenly experience in his review of the newly released luxury car. Read more about Floyd’s dream road trip with the Rolls-Royce Phantom coupe below.
2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom: Making The Best Even Better
It’s chilly and gray, and reasonably hard rain is coming down, casting a pall over the otherwise lush, rugged beauty of this German-flavored slice of Switzerland. A terrible day to drive, a great day to be driven.
I’m in the backseat of the all-new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom, and I roll down the double-glazed acoustic glass window to get a quick blast of fresh Swiss air. A cacophony of wind and water rudely intrudes into the cabin. Enough of that.
The metal button is cold to the touch when I press up, and as the window hits the seal, it’s as if a set of noise-cancelling headphones has suctioned over the car. Time to recline the seat, let my head hit the pillow, and enjoy the magic carpet ride.
You can feel Floyd’s wonderment as he detailed his Rolls-Royce Phantom backseat experience. Thanks to the luxury of the car, Floyd felt as if he were important and prominent. Simply being in the Rolls-Royce Phantom allows everyone to feel like a distinguished person.
The Architecture of Luxury and the World’s Quietest Cabin
We must say goodbye to this beautiful 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom, but while it was with us everyone here had the same opinion…. ” WOW”. pic.twitter.com/xnFrWRbqGA
— ClevelandMotorsports (@CLEMotorsports) October 12, 2017
Following the 14-year old Phantom VII, the Phantom VIII is Rolls-Royce’s very first car with an all-new aluminum spaceframe platform. The “Architecture of Luxury,” as they call it, will underpin all future models of the luxury car company. This grand architecture is composed of a new double-wishbone front and a five-link rear suspension. An anti-roll bar in front and active stabilizer bars in the front and rear support the new design and suspension systems, making the Phantom VIII 30% more rigid than its predecessor.
The Phantom VIII also comes equipped with four-wheel steering. In effect, this increases its maneuverability and high-speed stability — very crucial for its long and heavy composition.
Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös reportedly issued one directive to his engineering team. He wanted the Phantom VIII to be “the most silent motorcar in the world, full stop.” In response, the engineering team, led by Philip Koehn, significantly altered the car’s adaptive, self-leveling air-suspension setup. To achieve this, the team wedged less than 400 lbs of sound-deadening foam and insulation into every nook and cranny of the car. Additional plastic layers placed in between its double glazed windows further add to this sweet silence.
Sure enough, Floyd’s road trip proved that the team has achieved their goal of making the world’s quietest cabin.
Promise Delivered, Besting the Best
The five-year wait paid off. At the end of Floyd’s piece, he proclaimed that the Phantom VIII deserves a champagne toast.
He wasn’t alone. In addition, other automotive journalists have also praised and admired the Phantom VIII. Mike Duff from Car and Driver described the car as “eighth-generation excellence.” He highlighted the plushly crafted Rolls-Royce Phantom interior, and its noiseless cabin and serene demeanor in his review. Furthermore, Gautam Sharma from The National called the Rolls-Royce Phantom the eighth wonder of the world, complementing the car’s prestige and regality. Lastly, Drew Stearne from CNet affirmed that the Phantom VIII is still the motorcar monarch.
Have a closer look at the interior and exterior of this supercar in this video from Carvlogger:
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