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2008 Rolls Royce Phantom

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2008 Rolls Royce Phantom Review

An excellent luxury vehicle.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Nothing says luxury and class quite like a Rolls Royce, and the 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom continues that tradition of impressive refinement. The 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom has all the standard luxury features of your standard luxury sedan, but it also has the uniquely-styled grille, the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, and the RR hub logos.

One area where the 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom lacks is its technology. While other luxury sedans have updated its interiors with the best of the new technology available, the Rolls Royce hasn’t quite got there yet. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is one smooth ride. There is plenty of legroom in the back, especially in the extended wheelbase version that adds an extra 10 inches to the vehicle, but those inches come at a cost though.

The Range

Body Styles: five-seat luxury sedan
Engines: 6.7-liter V-12 engine
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Rolls Royce Phantom, Rolls Royce Phantom EWB

What's New

The 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom receives new fiber-optic lighting called Starlight Headliner.

Exterior

The 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom has a very distinct body style. The vehicle has a long hood area with a snub nose. The grille is the distinctive chrome that sits between the two headlights. The famous Rolls Royce hood ornament is on the top of the grille. The Base model comes with 20-inch wheels with run-flat tires, adjustable air suspension, bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, power-closing coach doors, and a power-closing trunk. The EWB model has a longer wheelbase. Optional features include 21-inch wheels in chrome or alloy, visible exhausts, and a variety of optional exterior colors.

Interior

The interior of the 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom is the height of luxury. All the surfaces are perfectly stitched and refined. All the surfaces are well built. There are chrome and wood trim accents everywhere. For those driving the Rolls Royce, the instrument panel is cleanly designed with classically-styled gauges, and easy-to-use controls. A BMW iDrive system is in place for DVD entertainment.

The rear seat has plenty of room for passengers. The extended-wheelbase EWB model has an extra 10 inches for those who wish for any extra room. There is a C-pillar in the vehicle to conceal passengers as well as rear hinged doors. Inside the doors are umbrellas for the passenger when exiting the vehicle.

Standard features include leather headliner with wool and cashmere panels, front and rear park assist, driver-seat memory functions, Bluetooth, keyless entry and ignition, navigation system, voice control, and a 15-speaker Lexicon Logic 7 surround audio system with an in-dash single CD-player, glove box mounted six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom has a 6.7-liter V-12 engine that produces 453 horsepower with 531 lb-ft of torque. The engine is wed with a six-speed automatic transmission. Although the 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom is a heavy vehicle, it will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The longer wheelbase EWB is a bit slower.

The three-spoke steering wheel offers great feedback yet feels light in a driver's hands. The V-12 has a lot of power, but this isn’t a sports sedan and does not respond in the same way a BMW will. The ride itself is very comfortable. Consumers won’t feel a bump in the road, unless it’s a ditch of course. There is a bit of wind noise from the A pillars when driving at speed along the highway, but it is so minimal that consumers would barely notice while lounging around in the spacious interior.

Safety

The 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom comes equipped with a variety of standard safety features including a run flat tire system, anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, side airbags, full-length curtain airbags for the back, and active head restraints. The 2008 Rolls Royce Phantom has not been tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS, but the vehicle is built like a tank.

EPA Fuel Economy

Rolls Royce Phantom: 11/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Amazing interior
  • Incredible array of standard features
  • Powerful V-12 engine
  • Stunning acceleration
  • Excellent handling for its size
  • Lots of custom options

You Won't Like

  • Hard to maneuver in tight areas

Sum Up

An excellent luxury vehicle.

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