Rolls Royce Phantom
The Rolls Royce Phantom is a descendant of a long line of luxury cars featuring a bold design. The first model which reigned from 1925 to 1931 has today gone through iterative improvements to yield the 2003 version which belongs to the seventh generation. This saloon car is manufactured by the BMW subsidiary, Rolls Royce Motors, and is the winner of the Top Gear ‘Car of the Year 2003. Designed by Marek Djordjevic and Ian Cameron, the luxury car sells for around $380000.
The Phantom has a powerful petrol engine. With a 6.75 liter capacity and hosting 48 valves, the V-12 engine is capable of producing 338 kW or 453 bhp which translates into a torque of 750 Nm. The engine has been designed by the autocar giants, BMW and it utilizes valvetronic technology for its fuel injection. Further control is achieved by regulating the power output through a varying valve lift. The rockers and rocker fulcrums of the lift are operated through electric servos and the throttle body is reserved for fail-safe operations.
The upholstery of the car is made from high-quality leather. A rear-view camera adorns the top of the windshield. There is ample leg room and the seats are very comfortable. The plush seats recline and come with options to store user preferences. The dashboard with the gauges appears simply perfect and neatly aligned up front. The interiors have been simplified for ease of use.
Retaining the traditional design cues of all the previous Rolls Royce models, the 2003 Phantom has a body which is constructed on an aluminium space frame. This gives it strength along with lightness and stability. The traditionally large grill in the front with multiple headlights on either sides is a distinguishing feature. The front doors are font-hinged while the rear doors are hinged at the rear. The car has an extended wheelbase along with a very special and distinct platform for the chassis which makes the car very safe for driving.