2005 GENEVA: Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase

March 2, 2005
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0503 01+2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase+Rear Drivers Side View
The Rolls-Royce Phantom has all the necessary ingredients of a plutocrat'scar, including that Parthenon-esque grille to shove plebeians to thesidewalk, a BMW-tuned chassis that delivers ride and handling that belie thecar's mass, a powerful V-12 engine, and a handcrafted interior that fairlyscreams of wealth, power, and exclusivity.
While the Phantom's suicide-style rear doors open to reveal a cossetingcocoon of a cabin in which any member of European royalty, Middle Easternoil sheik, or rock star will feel right at home, those fortunate folksclearly could use a bit more room to stretch out. Thus Rolls has developed anew long-wheelbase version of the Phantom that appropriately makes its debutin Geneva, a city that is soaked in cash and fairly bulging with statussymbols, from high-end specialty cars to diamond-encrusted watches. To bebuilt at Rolls-Royce's factory in Goodwood, on the south coast of England,the big Rolls adds ten inches in wheelbase and will bear a price of $385,000.
The long Rolls is built using the same aluminum spaceframe technology asthe existing car, but Rolls-Royce boasts of using extended-length chassismembers in place of the stock pieces, rather than simply cutting andextending an existing body, which is common with the long-wheelbase versionsof other existing cars. According to Rolls, the long-wheelbase car has thelargest aluminum spaceframe ever constructed.
Rolls hopes that the long-wheelbase version will help it fend offcompetition from Bentley, whose aged Arnage continues to attract more buyersthan the Phantom, and which is using the Geneva show to introduce a sedanversion of the successful Continental GT. The Conti four-door will cost some$200,000 less than the big Rolls, though, so theextended-wheelbase Phantom will be far more exclusive.
0503 02+2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase+Front Drivers Side View
0503 03+2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase+Drivers Side View Doors Open Interior View
0503 04+2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase+Drivers Side View Doors Open Interior Rear Seats View
0503 05+2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase+Drivers Side View Doors Open Interior Rear Seats View
0503 06+2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase+Front Grille View
0503 07+2006 Rolls Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase+Passenger Side View

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