Rolls-Royce Phantom 2014
Supple leather that required more than a dozen Alpine bulls’ hides, a thin-rimmed steering wheel with room to jostle off-center, hand cut, lacquered and polished wood veneers; it all feel so antiquated. Then there’s the 360-degree view offered by the five incorporated cameras, the full LED exterior lighting that automatically changes beam patterns to follow corners, and a large, 8.8-inch touch screen with a revised, BMW-sourced iDrive interface. It’s like a marriage between old and new, yesteryear with advanced technologies. Changes come slowly and deliberately in the Rolls-Royce family, such as the switch from a six- to eight-speed automatic, which does as much to aid the efficiency and performance of the V-12 engine as the glimmer of newness to the 10-year-old Phantom design. It may be getting a little long in the tooth, but the Phantom still makes quite an impression and will leave people talking. It’s probably because it represents 110 years of Rolls-Royce know-how and workmanship combined with 21st-century advancements.
Engine: 6.75-liter V-12
0-60: 5.7 seconds
Top Speed: 149 mph (limited)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic 531