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The ride offered by the new 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom feels like you’re being whisked about in a sedan chair carried by beauty queens stepping on marshmallows while wearing extra-large and comfy bunny slippers. No, that’s too harsh, too Kia K900. The Phantom ride is more like angels who are graciously but softly flapping their wings after constructing a road made entirely of goose-down sleeping bags, hovering over it on their gossamer wings, suspending your Phantom by silken threads pulled directly from the boxer shorts of Liberace. It’s hard to describe. I struggled for words as I drove my Phantom there in the desert east of Palm Springs, a town that knows a good Roller when it sees one and where Liberace certainly would have felt at home. Or the Sultan of Brunei, or Dom DeLuise or whomever this magnificent craft was made for. Even Rolls-Royce struggles to describe its own magnificence. “The icon for icons,” it humbly suggests. “Engineering and technology perform in harmonious collaboration … delivering a magnificently graceful drive … The loudest sound is your heartbeat …” The silence -- oh yes, I had almost forgotten about the silence. Engineers put forth “incalculable effort” (that’s “incalculable” in SAE, metric, imperial and Whitworth-socket measure) to make this Phantom the quietest ride in all of the Commonwealth, most of the former colonies, and in the once freistadt of Bavaria where the company's owners live. There are 130 kilograms – 287 pounds! – of sound-deadening material throughout, six millimeters (0.24 inches) of 2-layer glazing on the glass, and “silent-seal” tires with sound-swallowing foam liners, all working to make the new Phantom 10 percent quieter than the last one, which was already about as quiet as Charles Rolls’ tomb. The all-new, all-aluminum space frame helps, too. The Phantom is the first to get this new cage but it is scalable so that it can be used to "cosset" every future Rolls-Royce, including the next Ghost, Wraith, Dawn and the Cullinan SUV. It makes the whole rig 30-percent stiffer than the previous Phantom. The engine, which is either “completely new” or “updated,” depending on what you’re reading, is a 6.75-liter twin-turbo direct-injected V12 making 563 hp at 5000 rpm and 664 lb-ft of torque starting at 1700 revs. It is mated to a ZF eight-speed transmission that uses both a camera and GPS to know what the road ahead is going to do and, if it’s going up, uses that data to downshift. Oh man. During a recent BMW press-a-palooza at The Thermal Club where there was everything short of an original BMW-powered Helios motorcycle on hand, I somehow talked my way into taking a Phantom out “for a short drive.” I got a half hour, shared with another writer dude and the generous Rolls representative. That was where I felt that self-levelling, air suspension making its “millions of calculations every second.” It’s the first thing that overwhelms you when you get behind the wheel of this 5,644-pound silent aluminum safe house. Then comes the power from the big V12 – it’s profoundly tractable, like a steam locomotive only far more refined. Rolls lists 0-60 at 5.1 seconds and top speed at 155 mph -- well beyond the speed you’ll need to chase down and flatten trespassers on your estate. Then I swapped seats and got in the back, where someone of the stature of a Vince McMahon or a Meat Loaf, or some dude who owns his own country and ain’t exactly feeling magnanimous with the people’s tax dollars, would sit. There were buttons everywhere: one to close the privacy shades, one to open them, one to raise the footrest, one to lower it, one to fold down the picnic tray, another to fold out the TV screen. There was a “Starlight Headliner.” There were armrests “inspired by a J-Class yacht.” There was supposed to be a secret storage nook for whiskey glasses somewhere, but I couldn’t find it in the 15 minutes or so I was back there. Regardless, as Baloo the Bear would have said had he been there, “This is living.” But there are drawbacks. They’re only making 1000 of them a year and this one stickered for $643,000 as-tested. Is it worth it? Hell yes it’s worth it. Get your priorities straight, man. It’s true, if you look around on the Rolls-Royce website, you can find “Pre-Owned” Rollers starting in the low-$200,000 range. But what kind of aristocat are you, anyway? Pony up the cash for the real deal.
There are few feelings grander than showing up at the airport with a brand new Rolls-Royce Ghost waiting in your name. I was lucky to have just that experience, while traveling to California over the New Year’s weekend, to attend a posh wedding in Malibu. In addition to enjoying attention from strangers and impressing my friends, the coastal California enclave was a fine place to see how Rolls drivers actually live. There are few places where a Ghost isn’t a rare sighting, but here I saw two other Rolls-Royce over a few days, just at the gas station nearest my hotel. And though the Ghost looked the part at the front of every hotel and was given special dispensation at restaurants, it nevertheless has some inherent flaws where our new scoring system is concerned. Price, as you’ll no doubt guess, limits the verdict score simply because of its more-than-my-house bottom line. With an MSRP of $311,900, and an almost mind-blowing as-tested price of $394,525, the Ghost II is amongst the most expensive and exclusive cars that money can buy. Of course, the monumental sticker price relative to “normal” cars means the Roller scores very low here, but it’s fair to mention that the Ghost is even exceedingly expensive in the rarefied world of ultra-luxury vehicles. The Mercedes-Maybach S560 is hardly the “poor man’s” Rolls, despite its comparatively frugal $168,600 starting price. With the $44,350 Henley Inspiration package providing for this two-tone, white over silver paint, and a rakish orange pinstripe, my Ghost managed to be lovely, imposing, and just a little bit playful, all at once. The huge sedan looks impossibly grand from every angle, with the 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels just sporting enough to give the car a dash of sport. Full points. It’s when you first open the magically balanced rear door of the Ghost that you start to understand where all the money goes, and why. This interior features things that you’d expect: a whisper-quiet cabin at speed, magical ride quality, lambswool carpets that encourage passengers to go barefoot, and leather so buttery I smell toast when I look at it. There’s also the joy of the unexpected: Mandarin Orange leather accents that pick up the pinstriping hue and bring it indoors, lovely brightwork of polished stainless steel, wood trim pieces so thick that the locks make a faint, rich echoing sound when they go down. With a nearly $10,000 custom audio system, as well, even listening to NPR feels like an exercise in opulence as one rolls down the road. One of our points of rating for this category is called “new or novel features,” an area where Rolls-Royce and other exotic cars can be hit or miss. Sure, there’s a starlight headliner (which augments the interior score), but like many other slow-to-evolve nameplates, the Ghost makes use of slightly outdated tech. The rotary controllers (front and back), are fine but slightly slow in navigating the multitudinous infotainment menus, and the screens themselves aren’t up to the standard of even new BMWs like the X3 I recently rated. Factor in the missing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems – admittedly probably low on the request list for Ghost buyers, but still – and you get a very average score for a vehicle that is by all other measures world-class. It’s inevitable that the Ghost, or other cars that compete with it, earn mixed ratings where performance and handling are concerned. On one hand you have the engine, a stunning biturbo 6.6-liter V12 with 563 horsepower, 605 pound-feet of torque, and more than ample power for putting the paparazzi in one’s rear view mirror. And, as I discovered while inelegantly bombing around on some great canyon roads, this big lady will actually hold the road in a corner better than expected. Still, it’s clear that the car was made for efficient handling, not really driving pleasure. Feel from the delicate-rimmed steering wheel is zero, and the effort is majorly boosted, which feels really odd for a car as heavy as a dump truck. In addition to feeling as though it’s built like a bank vault, and looking the part, the Ghost has just about all the safety features you’d expect from a car that ferries the world’s elite. Scores of systems work tirelessly to keep Sir or Madam from crashing, alongside excellent supplemental visibility by way of cameras, and a head-up display to keep the driver’s eyes on the road.
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Life Car TV Thanks For Watching - Have a nice day! Subscribe To My Channel: https://goo.gl/APn12E ABOUT: As you'll be able to notice in the Instagram post at the bottom of the page, the two came together in Qatar, with the colors of the lavish high-riders allow for an ever better differentiation.Of course, this brings us the opportunity to drop a little comparison involving the two luxurious behemoths.As far as the eye is concerned, the Bentley comes with a sportier design.Interestingly, while the Crewe machine follows the let's make all SUVs look more dynamic trend, we can't say the same about its Goodwood rival.With its imposing stance, the Cullinan doesn't jump the said styling bandwagon, rather being in a class of its own.When it comes to the cabin, the Bentayga packs a design that sets it apart in the British carmaker's range, but the Cullinan isn't that original.For instance, the Cullinan borrows the Phantom VIII's dashboard and center console, while it features a redesigned passenger-side dash, an even more generous infotainment display and new seats.The Phantom-borrowed twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12 motor of the Rolls-Royce Cullinan delivers 563 hp and 627 lb-ft of twist and while Rolls-Royce hasn't announced the 0 to 60 mph time of the machine, this should sit at about 5.5seconds.As for the SUVs maximum velocity, this should follow the RR rule and be capped at 155 mph.Then again, the idea is to deliver effortless performance throughout the travel of the speedometer needle rather than figures that can puzzle one.As for the Bentayga, this uses Bentley's twin-turbo W12 motor, with the six-liter unit delivering 600 hp and 660 lb-ft of twist.As such, the Big B can play the 0 to 60 mph game in four seconds, while its top speed sits at 187 mph.Unlike the Cullinan, though, the Bentayga can also be had with three other powerplants, namely a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, a similar unit running on diesel, as well as a plug-in hybrid setup involving a 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor.Who knows? Perhaps affluentaficionados can build a case for these two sharing a garage.
The ‘one new model a year’ expansion of Rolls-Royce continues.
The world’s most recognisable name in luxury motoring now comprises, depending on your generosity, as many as seven models.
The Phantom accounts for four of those and Rolls happily accepts that: saloon, long-wheelbase saloon, coupé and convertible.
But then there’s the smaller, cheaper Ghost, although such things are relative. The Ghost’s derivatives are perceived by Rolls to be individual models rather than variants.
There’s the Wraith coupé, a car that Rolls can’t quite bring itself to call sporting yet it is as dynamic as you’d want a Rolls to be, and now there’s this.
It’s called the Dawn and Rolls says it “is not a Wraith drophead”.
It would be perfectly natural to think of it as a convertible version of the Wraith. The two share the same platform and all but the same mechanicals.
But Rolls, we suppose, is intending you to think of the Dawn as a model in its own right, because it wants the Dawn to have a character of its own right.
Not for the Dawn the dynamism of the Wraith; instead, this car is meant to be “the most social” of luxury dropheads – it has four seats, not 2+2 seats – for those “who wish to bathe in the sunlight of the world’s most exclusive social hotspots”.
Just in case you think Rolls-Royce hasn’t quite finished beating eggs into this particular pudding, it says the Dawn is, no less, “the sexiest Rolls-Royce ever built”.
Whatever, it’s certainly the soft-roofed Dawn that’ll be built in the biggest numbers.
The Silver Dawn of the early 1950s was the first Rolls for which the factory built its own body, but convertible versions remained coachbuilt – and only 28 were made between 1950 and 1954. That was unequivocally a convertible version of another car.
Whether this Dawn owes its character to another Rolls or not is what we’re here to discover.
The Dawn is not a Wraith drop-top, remember, although it does use the same BMW-based architecture.
It has the same wheelbase and the same twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine driving through the same eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Nonetheless, experience has shown us that it’s still possible to give broadly similar cars very different characters. And although the Dawn is intended to have a character that’s different from the Wraith’s, to our mind the Dawn will have an even greater need to feel different from the Phantom Drophead Coupé.
From the off, then, it’s worth noting that the Dawn makes rather a lot less power than the Wraith. The engine comes in Ghost output, at 563bhp at 5250rpm and 575lb ft at 1500rpm, some way shy of the Wraith’s 624bhp and 590lb ft.
It’s still Rolls-Royce’s most powerful drophead, though. The Phantom drophead’s larger-capacity 6.75-litre V12 makes 110bhp less and suggests that the bigger car is an altogether more relaxed performer again: a 5.6-metre-long pseudo-limousine with a 2630kg kerb weight.
When we say the Dawn is smaller and lighter than that, though, these things are relative. If Rolls-Royce hadn’t managed to fit four full seats into a 5285mm length, you’d have to ask questions. And forgoing the Phantom’s aluminium architecture, the Dawn still officially tips the scales at 2560kg.
That’s due in part to the sheer size of the hardware, but also to the amount of luxury the car is asked to carry; an electrically adjustable seat with the amount of plush that Rolls throws at it can weigh 100kg or more.
Then there’s the roof. Rolls says it’s the quietest open-top car yet made – quieter even than the Phantom drophead.
And it opens in 20 seconds, at vehicle speeds of up to 31mph, in as near to silence as Rolls can manage. Which means, without question, that it’s heavy – as is the wood-finished deck that rises and closes above or below it when it’s down or up.
Suspension settings for the air springs and active anti-roll bars are different from those of the Ghost and Wraith, and they are aimed at giving the Dawn a character of its own while also compensating for its reduced torsional rigidity, a direct result of the removal of a fixed roof.