From the curved edges of the Pantheon grille to the elegant, sweeping lines from nose to tail, the form of the new Phantom conveys poised assurance. The rear window is more steeply raked than that of its predecessor but the scalloped roofline ensures that even the tallest of rear-seat occupants can stretch out in comfort. A single polished stainless-steel strip distinguishes the Extended Wheelbase Phantom from its stablemate.
Entry and egress are all part of what Rolls-Royce describes as ‘the embrace’; a chauffeur or attendant simply needs to touch a sensor on the door handle for it to close smoothly and silently. Alternatively, rear seat occupants can control this function from their seats.
Once inside, passengers can savour an interior that’s contemporary, uncluttered and full of tactile delights. Technology remains hidden until required, spaces and surfaces are clean. Occupants are encircled in beautiful and authentic materials, such as high-gloss veneers and flawless leather. The sweep of wood panelling across the back of the front seats draws inspiration from the iconic Eames chair, while above the passengers’ heads is the largest Starlight headlining ever created for a Rolls-Royce.
Seating choices include lounge seats, individual seats with occasional armrest, individual seats with fixed centre console and the newly-introduced sleeping seat. The centre console includes a drinks cabinet, while picnic tables and theatre monitors can be deployed or retracted at the touch of a button. Naturally, the seats can be heated in cool weather – and the heating extends to other areas the arm might touch, including front door armrests, front centre console lid, lower C-Pillar, rear side armrests and rear centre armrest.