Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan
We’ve already mentioned the extended wheelbase version, but the sedan is no pocket-rocket either. Measuring up at 230 inches, it’s almost ten inches shorter than the long-wheelbase version.
Let’s deal with the elephant in the room first – the starting price is about $450,000, but many of the customers buying the Phantom have a laundry list of options to add on. In fact, the average ‘extras’ bill runs to $150,000, meaning the average shipping price is about $600,000.
It’s built on the all-new aluminum ‘Architecture of Luxury’ platform (yes really), but even using lightweight construction materials for the platform, this behemoth weighs in at 5,900 lbs – it’s not exactly nimble on its feet.
Even taking into account all that weight, it will still propel itself to a top-speed of 155mph and a zero to sixty-two time of just 5.3 seconds (but of course sprinting in a Rolls is just so uncouth).
The speed comes from a 6.75-liter V12 with twin-turbos fitted, giving it 563 hp, all coupled to an 8-speed satellite-aided ZF automatic transmission. In any other vehicle, this would make for some sporty motoring.
It’s said that some of the design elements have been inspired by the futuristic 100EX concept car, although we think it’s difficult to spot those elements (unless you happen to be part of the design team). You can clearly see, however, that it certainly retains some of the great heritage associated with Rolls-Royce styling, particularly at the rear.
Inside the Phantom is as you’d expect – all super-soft leather, deep wood veneers, metal accents, rear-seat entertainment system (most owners won’t actually be driving the car), Wi-Fi hotspot and of course, the obligatory drinks cabinet; it is a Rolls-Royce, after all.
The Phantom sedan may not be the biggest car in the world, but it’s definitely one of the most luxurious.