Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II, launched at 2012 Geneva Motor ShowEnlarge Photo
However, there’s no denying that the Phantom is long overdue for a redesign. We now have a few details on the next Phantom, courtesy of a report from Automotive News (subscription required).
The next Phantom will reportedly arrive in 2016 and share a platform with the next-generation BMW 7-Series, due in late 2015. By sharing this platform, the next Phantom will be able to benefit from extensive weight-saving measures, hybrid and other fuel-saving technologies and even all-wheel-drive capability. The current Phantom rides on a bespoke platform while the smaller Ghost shares a platform with the current 7-Series.
A coupe version is said to follow roughly two years later and could share its development with a new BMW 8-Series, which the German automaker hinted at with the unveiling of its Gran Lusso Coupe concept vehicle earlier this year.
After the coupe, we’re likely to see Rolls-Royce introduce a convertible so that the future Phantom range mirrors the current lineup.
Expect a big V-12 to remain a mainstay for the next Phantom.