We hope you weren't expecting a radical redesign.
Later this month, Rolls-Royce will be welcoming the all-new eighth generation Phantom into its family of exquisite luxury limos. Little has been revealed about the new flagship other than a few teasers showing off its grandiose grille, but photos allegedly taken from a digital brochure have been posted on French fan forum Worldscoop, providing what could be our first look at the Phantom VIII's new design without any camouflage. Well, we say "new" design, but it's clear that the styling has been given an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, upgrade.
At first glance, you would be hard pressed to tell the 2018 Phantom apart from its predecessor, but there have been some subtle tweaks. The gaping grille has been revised and coated in chrome, while the headlights are slimmer and the front bumper has been redesigned and fitted with more prominent air vents. The model shown in the photos appears to be the long-wheelbase variant, which has been finished in a two-tone paint job, with the upper body painted in blue complemented with a matching shade of blue around the RR logo on the wheels. We also get a first look at the Phantom VIII's plush interior, which has been fitted with a plethora of premium materials as you would expect.
Like the exterior, the changes are subtle, with the most notable upgrades being the all-digital instrument cluster and a larger infotainment screen. Of course, it's not just cosmetic changes that will differentiate the Phantom VIII. The new flagship is being built on the same aluminium architecture as the BMW 7-Series, allowing for better fuel efficiency and more agility in the corners. We're expecting it to be powered by either the outgoing Phantom's 6.75-liter V12 engine or the Dawn's 6.6-litre V12. All will be revealed on July 27, when the Phantom VIII will debut alongside every previous generation of the Phantom family at a special "The Eight Great Phantoms" exhibition in Mayfair, London.