When it comes to exotic and ultra high-end automakers, the expense and effort to attend an autoshow is not usually necessary, especially if you already have a loyal following. So when I noticed Rolls-Royce was not only at the 2012 New York Auto Show, but holding a press conference as well, I was keen to hear what Rolls Royce had to say.
Seen last month in Geneva, the revised Rolls Royce Phantom Series II made its North American debut in New York. At such a high-end, low volume producer of bespoke luxury automobiles, change usually comes slowly. The Phantom, the first Rolls Royce automobile introduced under BMW ownership was launched in 2003, so it’s safe to say a revision was due.
To call the Phantom Series II a careful evolution would be an understatement. The refreshed Phantom features a new front end with full LED headlights. Inside, drivers are treated to a large, redesigned multi-media center and all-new navigation software. Mechanically, the Phantom now features a new 8-speed automatic, which Rolls Royce predicts improved emissions and a ten percent increase in fuel economy. The Phantom’s 6.7L V-12, rated at 453hp is unchanged.