The controversial tuner strikes again.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is one of the most sophisticated and elegant motorcars money can buy. It's a bastion of excess and good taste and, when one glides by, you know the person in the back is important. In short, it's perfect. But Mansory thinks it can improve upon perfection with an over-the-top body kit, massive wheels, and a cabin so bright it could detach your retinas from 1,000 ft away.
But before we get into the controversial upgrades, let's look at the more positive improvements. Mansory claims the big Roller now produces a substantial 602 horsepower and 701 lb-ft of torque. As a reminder, the standard Phantom's 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged V12 produces 563 hp and 664 lb-ft - more than enough to waft the Rolls along in silence.
While the engine enhancements are impressive, they are rather unnecessary, as few Phantom owners are concerned with straight-line performance.
Style is subjective, but we're struggling to find a redeeming feature of this Phantom's exterior. Forged carbon fiber can be found on almost every corner of the luxury vehicle, starting with an out-of-place front splitter. The Pantheon grille has been painted in Gloss Black and features subtle backlighting. Additional daytime running lights on the front fascia and lower bumper do little for the Rolls and, frankly, look cheap.
A forged carbon fiber hood, side skirts, and faux diffuser are also included in the kit. As if that wasn't enough, Mansory has fitted two spoilers: one just above the rear windshield and another on the trunk lid. Lastly, we have the all-new 24-inch FD.15 wheels, seen here in a black finish.
Perhaps, in isolation, the wheels would suit the stately demeanor of the Phantom. But with the body kit, it all looks a bit wrong - almost like seeing King Charles III wearing Air Jordans and a tracksuit.
A light blue pinstripe flows across both sides of the vehicle. The vivid hue has also been applied to the badging and the wheel center caps.
If you thought the exterior was offensive, the cabin will almost certainly bowl you over. Most of the interior has been retrimmed in an intense shade of blue, that's very similar to Audi's Turbo Blue exterior finish. The tuning house has fitted custom floor mats, while the headrests have embroidered "Mansory" logos. Even the seatbelts wear the company name, along with the rebadged steering wheel.
Mansory isn't the only offender when it comes to vulgar interiors. Last year, Brabus unveiled a Maybach S-Class with a rather sudden turquoise interior. Mansory's creation will certainly appeal to someone, but it's not for us. If it were our money, we'd entrust our custom Phantom to Rolls-Royce itself, whose Bespoke department is responsible for some extraordinary one-offs.
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