Dream Drive: Rolls-Royce Phantom II
"You’ll receive the spec sheet and cast a cursory glance over it before you get it paid. You thus become custodian of one of the world’s greatest ultimate luxury cars with prestige beyond rival."
We all have our dreams.
One day Andy Murray dreamed of winning Wimbledon. He’s won it twice. Lewis Hamilton dreamed of winning the British Grand Prix; he’s won it four times and is three times world champion. Both are absolutely remarkable achievements. But dreams are made of many things, and for many it is the dream of owning a Rolls-Royce.
The stuff of dreams
It is often said the realisation of a dream can be an anti-climax. But we doubt winning Wimbledon was anticlimactic for Murray, and Hamilton’s victory at Silverstone looked to us like it was one of the best days of his life…and if a Rolls-Royce is the making of your dreams we can assure you that the Phantom II will exceed them.
Price by the way is not the issue here. With this vehicle the price is a guide only; you simply order your specification, and then at some point Rolls-Royce will send you an itemised bill. You’ll receive the spec sheet and cast a cursory glance over it before you get it paid. You thus become custodian of one of the world’s greatest ultimate luxury cars with prestige beyond rival.
The credibility this car deserves should not be taken away. It is an amazing experience from the very second you enter the cabin. The leather seats are sumptuous and the wood is exquisite. Your feet are wrapped in deep sheepskin rugs (most people take their shoes off just to savour the experience) and just in case that’s not enough there is an electric foot adjustment panel to turn the comfort level from excellent to perfect.
Every area of touch and feel on the Phantom is a sensuous experience – the chromed door handles, the switchgear, and the leather panelled doors. Should you be seated to the rear the fridge contains room and depth for a full bottle of champagne, and behind it sits an illuminated glass cabinet with crystal champagne flutes – of the highest quality of course. Whilst settled in the back you may choose to watch television or work on your lap top. You could be excused for forgetting that you are in anything but a luxury lounge, for the Phantom II lacks nothing in the way of both luxury and comfort. If you’re tired of working you can always just opt for a Shiatsu massage.
The 6.75 litre V12 engine that powers this car to 149 mph generates a staggering 460bhp and 531lb per foot of torque. It does so silently, and many a Rolls-Royce owner is known to have forgotten the engine is still running once they have parked up, so unbelievably quiet and refined is this machine. You glide to your destination, regardless of the terrain, wiping away the day’s mental stresses with its serenity and sense of making you feel ‘oh so special’ – especially at night when you’re accompanied by the unique star effect lighting in the roof lining. Everywhere you will see quality and craftsmanship. This is the experience you are paying for, and whilst a few brands do it very well, none make you feel as special as Rolls-Royce. The reputation a Rolls-Royce has for being one of the finest luxury cars on the planet is both earned and deserved.
You’d think then that driving the Phantom should be left to the business of a chauffeur. In many cases it will be, but this should not detract from the rewarding driving experience the Phantom II delivers. The biggest factor is the size, but with familiarity you get used to it. Seamless power, surprising overtaking ability and effortlessness are the ‘driving forces’ here. So driver friendly is this car that you could use it day to day; your biggest hurdle being only finding somewhere to park it!