It appears to be renewal season at the high-end British luxury car manufacturer, with recently emerged spy shots of the Rolls-Royce Wraith Series II and now the successor of the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom celebrates its 12th anniversary this year, and is due for a serious upgrade. Being the Rolls-Royce flagship model, it will for sure be interesting what the BMW-owned luxury car manufacturer will come up with in terms of new and high-end features.
Although it is unsure whether the Rolls-Royce Phantom successor will receive the actual Phantom moniker, the car will be clearly based on the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Phantom’s successor is to receive a new modular platform, consisting mainly of aluminum. The aluminum platform isn’t the only weight saving component Rolls-Royce is borrowing from its parent company BMW, it seems like they will also be tapping into the Bavarian’s manufacturer’s vast expertise in the field of carbon fiber.
For not it seems that just the short- and long-wheelbase models of the Phantom will be carried over, as inside sources pointed out that the convertible and coupe variants of the Phantom are likely to be discontinued due to inadequate sales.
From a visual standpoint, the Rolls-Royce Phantom successor appears to maintain the rectangular headlights, while the front of the car makes a more squared impression. In line with recent trends, Rolls-Royce seems to emphasize on evolution of the car rather than revolution.
Good news is the fact that Rolls-Royce has no plans to downsize its engines. The new flagship model is to pack a V12, just like its predecessor. Even though downsizing of engines has been firmly ruled out by the company’s management, the successor of the Phantom possibly gets a plug-in hybrid drivetrain in later stages of its production run.
It will be a while until the new Rolls will be officially unveiled, with an expected launch at a major auto show sometime in 2017. In terms of pricing, the upcoming flagship replacement allegedly carries a base price of around €370.000, which is similar to the price of the current Rolls-Royce Phantom.