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By Cars.com Staff
March 23, 2012
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is an ultraluxury V-12-powered sedan available in regular- and long-wheelbase body styles. This posh vehicle blends British heritage with German components and technology, as the Rolls-Royce brand is owned by BMW. The Phantom competes with the Bentley Mulsanne and Maybach Type 57. The long-wheelbase model competes with the Maybach Type 62. The Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe (convertible) are covered in separate reports in the Cars.com Research section.
New for 2012 There are no significant changes for 2012.
Exterior The Phantom has a long hood with a short front overhang and long rear overhang. The traditionally styled front features an upright face with recessed, rectangular headlamps and prominently displayed fog lamps. The regular Phantom has a 140.6-inch wheelbase and 229.9-inch overall length, and the extended model's dimensions are 150.4 inches for the wheelbase and 239.8 inches overall. Exterior features include:
21-inch alloy wheels
Dual stainless-steel exhaust
Electrically heated front windshield
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Rear-hinged rear doors
Synchronized wheel centers keep the Rolls-Royce badges on all four wheels upright at all times
Interior The Phantom can comfortably seat five, or four if the optional rear bucket seats are chosen. To aid in safety, privacy and social interaction, backseat occupants sit far back in lounge-shaped seats alongside the rear pillars rather than next to the doors. Rear passengers can enjoy handcrafted folding tables and an available video system. Interior features include:
Leather-trimmed seats and dash
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Genuine wood trim
Automatic dual climate control
Heated front seats (heated rear seats optional)
Refrigerated compartment in glove box
Under the Hood The Phantom packs a V-12 engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Although it's no lightweight at more than 5,500 pounds, Rolls-Royce says the Phantom can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Mechanical features include:
453-horsepower, 6.8-liter V-12 with 531 pounds-feet of torque
Safety Safety features include:
Side curtain airbags
Active front head restraints
Electronic stability system
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