One Percent-Approved, One Percent Different: Meet The New Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II

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Maybach is dead, but its chief competition certainly isn't: Rolls-Royce has released an updated version of the iconic Phantom, dubbed the Phantom Series II. What's new? You may need your magnifying glass to spot how the Phantom II differs from the preceding Phantom. The revised model has taller, full-LED headlamp assemblies, which are accented with thin LED running lamps placed below them. Rolls-Royce claims that the Phantom Series II is the first car to come with full-LED headlights as standard equipment – a nice catch, considering other automakers have offered similar LED lighting, but only for low-beams or as options. Phantom II models also receive a reworked lower fascia, although it may go unnoticed by most bystanders. The revised Phantom Series II tweaked continues to use a six-and-three-quarter liter V-12 engine, but it's now mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the power is sent to the rear wheels through a revised differential. The result is a 10-percent improvement in fuel economy (up to 15 or 16 mpg from the current combined 14), and a drop in carbon dioxide emissions from 388 to 347 grams per kilometer. Inside, it's business as usual: liberal amounts of leather and woodveeners, plenty of chromed metal, art deco lighting, and wool carpets. The driver of said Phantom will be rewarded a bit more with the Series II: the new car has an updated GPS navigation system with 3D graphics, a larger, 8.8-inch LCD screen, and a revised multi-function controller (a la iDrive). Rolls-Royce promises that the Phantom's driver will have an easier time parking the 19-foot-long car thanks to front, rear, and top-view cameras. The changes will also extend to the Phantom's other variants, including the Phantom Coupe, Phantom Drophead Coupe, and the Phantom Extended Wheelbase sedan. Pricing or availability hasn't been announced for the new car yet, but we'd suggest calling your local Rolls-Royce Dealer and pulling out your American Express Centurion Card if this car tickles your fancy. If you can't afford the roughly $400,000 price of a Phantom Series II, don't worry: that Rolls-Royce dealer would be just as happy to sell you a Ghost. Source: Rolls Royce

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