Rolls-Royce Phantom News

  • Rolls-Royce Phantom 102EX, experimental electric prototype, New York City, November 2011

    Following its debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Rolls-Royce’s 102EX electric Phantom prototype has been touring the globe in order to not only gather vital data for engineers but also to gauge potential customer reaction to such a vehicle ever being launched by the bespoke British brand. Having already traveled through parts of Europe and Asia, the 102EX recently made its way to New York City where John Voelcker, our green car expect over at Green Car Reports, had the opportunity to drive it. After a quick 20 minutes behind the wheel Voelcker was able to come away...

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    Rolls-Royce Entering South America For The First Time

    Rolls-Royce has announced that it will sell its cars in Brazil and Chile, the first time it will do so in the South American market.

  • Rolls-Royce Year of the Dragon Phantom
    Rolls-Royce Celebrates Year Of The Dragon With Special Phantom

    Next year is the Chinese year of the Dragon, a very important year on the Chinese Zodiac, and with China being so important for Rolls-Royce these days, the British automaker has decided to build a special edition range of Phantom sedans called the “Year of the Dragon Collection”...

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    James Bond's 50th Anniversary: Largest Exhibition Of Bond Movie Cars Ever

    Next year, starting in January, the U.K.'s National Motor Museum will host the largest exhibition of James Bond movie cars ever assembled. Some of the highlights include the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye, the 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III from Goldfinger, and the weaponized 2002 Jaguar XKR...

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    Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom Undergoes Hot Weather Testing

    Current Rolls-Royce customers may not be warming to the idea of an electric sedan but that hasn’t stopped engineers at the luxury British marque from continuing work on its 102EX electric prototype based on the Phantom. During its initial public unveiling at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show back in...

  • Digital Veneer Wooden Tribute Vespa
    Get Wood In The City With Veneered 'Tribute' Vespa

    Typical: You've bought a gorgeous Riva Aquarama speedboat, moored up in your local marina. You've bought an aristocratic Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe with its wooden decking tonneau, wafting you from city to city. But when you get there, where is your next veneered vehicle? How inconvenient...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX

    Rolls-Royce owners are not exactly jumping at the idea of electric versions of their super-luxury rides, despite the popular appeal of the Phantom 102EX concept. The issue? Range. Introduced at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, the Phantom 102EX replaces the original's 6.7-liter V-12 engine and 6-speed transmission with a lithium-ion battery pack powering two electric motors driving the rear wheels through a single-speed gearbox. This yields performance that is very close to the gasoline-powered Phantom: Rolls estimates under eight seconds to reach 60 MPH compared to 6.7 for the standard car. The...

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    1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom 10EX Up For Auction

    Any car with the Rolls-Royce emblem on it and a rare prototype from 85 years ago--either one could serve as the quintessential centerpiece of a distinguished car collection. Roll both into one, therefore, and you have an ultimate collector's item that should make all your car-collecting pals green...

  • Caddy Sixteen at Tia Temple
    Cadillac Coming After Rolls Royce With Production Sixteen?

    Back in 2003, GM made a huge statement at the Detroit Auto Show when it introduced the Sixteen, a 1,000-hp 13.6-liter V-16-powered luxury-boat designed to flash a little Caddy heritage in the form of the Sixteen nameplate and V-16 engine. While the exterior was a little derivative of more plebeian...

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    Rolls-Royce Phantom Gets Its Own App

    Rolls-Royce is the latest automaker to launch a downloadable app for Apple’s range of mobile devices, offering it for users of the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The app allows clients and Rolls-Royce enthusiasts to create highly bespoke virtual Phantom models, including the ability to apply...

  • Rolls-Royce Showroom in Abu Dhabi
    World's Largest Rolls-Royce Showroom Opens In Abu Dhabi

    The biggest Rolls-Royce showroom in the world isn't in England. Nor is it in Beverly Hills, the Hamptons, or any of the other places you might suspect. No, at 900 square meters -- that's nearly 9,700 square feet -- the recently opened Umm Al Nar Rolls-Royce showroom in the United Arab Emirates...

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    Yikes: Kate Middleton Comes To Wed In Assaulted Rolls-Royce, Leaves In Di's Wedding Carriage

    Kate Middleton will arrive at Westminster Abbey for her April 29 wedding in the very same 1977 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI that was recently attacked by protesters angry with Prince Chuckles and Camilla. And she'll leave the ceremony in the same wedding carriage that carted the late Princess Diana off...

  • Rolls Royce Phantom Experimental Electric 102EX live photos

    Silently cruising in a seemingly impregnable fortress of fine leather, sensuous wood and hand-built steel and glass is the ultimate goal of the hyper-luxury automakers like Rolls-Royce and Bentley, so it's not surprising at all that an all-electric Rolls-Royce Phantom was trotted out in front of attendees at this week’s 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Pictured here in our live photo gallery is the new 2011 Rolls-Royce ‘Experimental Electric’ 102EX prototype. It will test on public roads during the year, serving as a test bed to gather a bank of research data that will be crucial in...

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    Rolls-Royce 102EX Electric Phantom Prototype: 2011 Geneva Motor Show

    There have been reports about Rolls-Royce developing an all-electric version of its Phantom luxury sedan for several years now, the latest with newly appointed CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes admitting such a car would be good idea. Old-world charm, resolute styling and blue-blooded buyers may not be...

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    Rolls-Royce To Unveil Electric Phantom Concept At Geneva Motor Show

    There is, you may have heard, some backlash to the idea of global warming and environmentally responsible driving. For every hybrid driver, there is someone who will deride the purchase, and maybe even buy a big gas guzzler out of spite. But if you ever had any doubt that the automotive industry...

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    Rolls-Royce Electric Rumors Do Not Fail To Proceed

    Imagine it: cruising down the road in your Rolls-Royce, ensconced in enough hand-crafted finery to keep a small village busy for a month, with nothing but the susurration of the wind passing by. That could be a reality soon, as Rolls-Royce's electric Phantom just got a bit more official. According...

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    EPA Says: 5,771-Pound Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Is A Compact Car

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on a roll of remarkably nonsensical declarations of late, not least of which are the "mpg" ratings for the 2011 Nissan LEAF and 2011 Chevrolet Volt. The latest, and possibly silliest, pronouncement: the 5,771-pound, 453-horsepower V-12 Rolls-Royce...

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    China Poised To Overtake U.S. As Biggest Market For Rolls-Royce

    Perhaps as a sign of the times, China is expected to overtake the U.S. as the biggest market for Rolls-Royce as early as next year. That’s an impressive feat considering that in China Rolls-Royce models cost more than double what they do here in the U.S. The Rolls-Royce Phantom, for example...

  • 2010 Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

    Rolls-Royce has used this week’s 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show to announce the launch of a new collaboration with California-based designer Bijan Pakzad (generally known simply as Bijan). The announcement was made last night at a special event at Bijan’s Rodeo Drive Boutique complete with the designer’s own yellow Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe, which you can often see parked outside the store. The latest collaboration will lead to the delivery of a series of limited edition Rolls-Royce Phantom models bearing Bijan’s unique flair and attention to detail. Working in...

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    Celebs And Cars: This Week's High (And Very, Very Low) Points

    • Remember that clip of 50 Cent jamming $2 million into a Lamborghini Murcielago? Not to be outdone, Verne Troyer has posted a photo reply, featuring the actor with stacks of (possibly real) dough in his own Lambo Countach. It's supposed to represent $2 million, but it looks a little short to...

  • T-Pain’s custom Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe
    Video: Rapper T-Pain Shows Off Custom Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe

    The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe is a favorite among musicians and sports stars all over the globe but one very special edition stands out among the rest, a brand new 2009 model decked in blood red and customized to the hilt. Like a young Jay Leno, T-Pain is an avid car enthusiast and has...

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    Video Answer: What Goes Into Building A Rolls-Royce Phantom?

    Have you ever wondered what goes into building a Rolls-Royce Phantom? Well I’ll bet you are now. The $380,000 Rolls, king of the luxury vehicles, is built to exacting specifications, designed to whisk passengers to their destinations in style and comfort. In order to accomplish this, the...

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    Pebble 2010: Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

      We've told you all about the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in previews earlier this month, but at today's 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, we grabbed our first live photos of the world's new record holder for production-car top speed. Bugatti introduced the car on Saturday at The Quail 2010...

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    Pebble 2010: Picnicking On The Concept Lawn With Rolls-Royce

    Back in July we brought you the full details on Rolls-Royce's bespoke picnic set for the Phantom, and today we snapped live photos of the car and kit in what may be their native environment: the concept lawn of the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The extramuros eating ensemble is even more...

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