The Phantom Series II gets a host of small updates to keep the luxo barge fresh for 2023.
Rolls-Royce isn’t one to update its cars every few months, but now that the Phantom 8 has been around for five years the British marque has given it a mid-cycle update. The changes are mostly cosmetic and some of them come directly from customer feedback.
The most prominent change on the outside is the new illuminated Pantheon grille, similar to what we saw on the new Ghost. The grille also gets a new polished chrome bar up top which is deliberately kept in line with the LED DRLs.
Other exterior changes include a starlight effect on the headlights, a finish that has been achieved through precise laser cutting. There is also a new disc-style alloy wheel option and a stainless steel alloy wheel option with a 3D effect and triangular elements. There are also new darkened windscreen and window surrounds.
Inside, new tech includes the addition of Rolls-Royce Connected. Customers can access this via the owners-only Whispers app and check their Phantom’s location, remotely send destination pins to the in-car navigation system or check its service history, among other features.
The interior also gets a slightly thicker steering wheel rim, but the most interesting addition is the optional textile upholstery! Knowing Rolls-Royce you can probably guess this isn’t any old fabric, far from it. The upholstery combines two different fabrics – the first one is crafted at an Italian mill and selected for its ‘durable yet luxurious appearance’, while the material comprises bamboo fibres which have been picked for their ‘lustrous finish’.
Changes to the Phantom 8 are few but when a car reaches such heights of luxury and comfort, the steps forward in terms of updates will get smaller and smaller. Expect the first few Phantom Series II models to arrive on our shores in 2023 for a price of err… well if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it.