However, Koehn promised that the enhanced ride quality has not been achieved to the detriment of handling, which is a key area Rolls wanted to improve on the new Phantom. To that end, a new 48V electrical architecture has been fitted, alongside chassis technology including active stabiliser bars to stop roll and four-wheel steering both to improve stability and agility and reduce the turning circle.
“This technology adds both stability and ride comfort for an unprecedented blend,” Koehn said, adding that the Phantom was now “rewarding behind the wheel as well as in the rear”. A new softer tyre compound from Continental, complete with its own sound deadening, has been made for the Phantom’s 21in front and 22in rear wheels to complete its dynamic armoury.
Under the bonnet is a new version of Rolls-Royces’ 6.75-litre V12, which has the addition of twin turbochargers for the new car. The pistons, cooling system, crankshaft and engine management software are also new in an engine that Koehn describes as producing “pure thrust”.
The V12 produces 563bhp at 5000rpm but its torque figure of 664lb ft is more significant, with full torque available from just 1800rpm. Koehn said pushing low-end torque “to the max” was a key part of the brief for the new engine. The engine could produce yet more torque, but Koehn said this “wouldn’t be appropriate”.
The engine drives the Phantom’s rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Müller-Ötvös said a V12 was a key part of the Phantom’s appeal and that it “could not be a V8”.
The Phantom can reach 62mph from rest in 5.3sec and hit a top speed limited to 155mph. It could go faster, said Koehn, but again this “wouldn’t be appropriate”. Stability is much improved above 100mph in the new Phantom compared to the old car, added Koehn.