The 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom is not a car for the faint of heart, nor the light of wallet. Its exorbitant price is balanced out by opulent luxury and peerless status. While it has loads of power on tap, courtesy of a massive V12 engine that thrums out a hefty 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, this is not to enable high-performance driving. Instead, it makes the Phantom sedan an effortless luxury 4-door cruiser that will cart you around town in sublime style. This focus is furthered by the spacious rear seats with almost every comfort known to man installed as standard. Though it may compete with the likes of the Bentley Mulsanne and Mercedes-Maybach S, the 2020 Phantom totally outclasses any competition. This vehicle may cost its weight in gold, but it's worth every penny.
Rolls-Royce doesn't have to do a lot to stay at the top, but the Phantom sedan gets a few updates to make it just that much better. These include retouched exterior styling in the form of new all-aluminum space frame architecture. This has the added benefit of increasing body rigidity, which should improve safety. The V12 gas engine under the hood is now twin-turbocharged, instead of being naturally aspirated, and the driver-assist suite has been modernized with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and pedestrian detection. The interior displays have been enlarged and the high-definition color screens complement the refined interior perfectly.
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NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.
There is no comparing the Rolls-Royce Phantom to any other car, because there simply is no real comparison. Therefore, it has to be judged on its merits alone. The only real deterrent is the buy-in, but at nearly $500,000, that's a pretty big obstacle to overcome. If you somehow manage to get behind the wheel of one of these beauties, you won't be disappointed. The Phantom is velvety smooth on the road, and it has plenty of power for getting around. However, it's not a particularly engaging driver, though it has improved over the years. Like many a Rolls, this is a car to be driven in. The back seat is a place of pure luxury and pampering. There is loads of room, heating, massaging, and infotainment screens.
Nobody would dare crash one of these absurdly expensive machines, so there is no safety rating or safety review of the 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom. That said, it comes with every possible advanced driving aid, and the increased rigidity of the body should make it quite durable. While we would never suggest blowing half a mil on a car, no matter how much we may love them, if you really wanted to, it would be money well-spent.
While there may be a singular Phantom model on sale in the USA, the eighth generation is easily the most impressive to date, and it can be customized in almost endless ways. Since it makes the most sense as a car to be chauffeured in, the extended-wheelbase version is hard to pass up. This supplies the most passenger space so you can really enjoy those fancy gadgets like the infotainment tablets and reclining massage chairs. If you really want to make an impression, though, the personalized illuminated treadplates are definitely an option. But, keep in mind that the price of the 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom starts at around $500k, so ticking too many boxes on the options list is likely to whittle down the kids' trust fund quite easily.
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