By Carlin Gerbich
Flagship US$520,000 Phantom Series II launched during ceremony at Abu Dhabi Motors
Roll-Royce has unveiled its new flagship AED1.9m (US$520,000) Phantom
Series II, a revamped version of the marque’s ultimate luxury
car, during a ceremony at Abu Dhabi Motors.
The modern Phantom was released in 2003 and was the seventh
car from Rolls-Royce to wear the name. The Series II carries new refinements,
including a new front-end design; one piece stamped radiator grille; new
single-piece wheels; redesigned rear bumper; improved audio, telecoms and
connectivity systems and, most importantly, a new eight-speed gearbox.
The new gearbox and rear differential enhance are tuned to
deliver exemplary driving dynamics, matching the 6.75-litre V12 direct
injection engine’s characteristics. The new model also takes
smaller sips from its fuel tank, with consumption improved by 10 percent on the
combined cycle and CO2 emissions falling from 388 to 347 g/km. The new range
includes the standard wheelbase version, plus the Series II Coupe, Drophead
Coupe and Extended Wheelbase versions.
Marcus Reil, regional marketing manager, Middle East, at
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: “The Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II embodies the
21st-century Rolls-Royce. More than 100 years of engineering and design
excellence expressed in a modern enhanced style. The Phantom Series II
design broadens the appeal of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, attracting individuals
who appreciate its fusion of ultimate refinement, and cutting-edge technology.”
Arno Husselmann, general manager of Abu Dhabi Motors added:
“This pinnacle of automotive excellence
is attracting great interest and will without a doubt contribute to the
continued success of Rolls-Royce in the UAE.”
Abu Dhabi Motors is the largest Rolls-Royce dealership in the world, as well as one of the busiest.