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The Rolls-Royce has always been a synonym for luxury. Their owners have no worries about the fuel consumption, tire wear, top speed, or acceleration. Hell, even the price is not a priority. What matters most is luxury, feel and prestige. This is a Rolls-Royce, for Christ’s sake, you didn’t buy it to race anyone. You bought it to replace your lavishing living room until you get to your sumptuous country house or your plush office. This is the only reason why anyone would buy a Rolls-Royce, apart from bragging. This is another house, and it works perfectly as just that. We shall leave the Coupe and Convertible versions aside for now and focus on the big guy.

Exterior view of a moving black Rolls-Royce Phantom

Introducing the 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom (Extended Wheelbase)

(Image via Caricos)

Exterior

It’s a big box. Just like most houses, right? Its conservative looks are nothing revolutionary in design, but the purpose is served. From the front you can see the long hood with large central grille with the sign at the top of it and the two large headlights that are, expectedly, rectangular. Under them you can see the fog lights that look impressively bright when turned on at night.

front side view of a white 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom parked outdoor

Exterior of the 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom shown in white

The side is retro designed as well. Looking from the front to the back, the whole car seems to be diminishing. The hood is huge, then there comes the front doors that are larger than the back ones which have an interesting feature of being rear-hinged. Not really a groundbreaking technological achievement, but it does look great and very distinctive and it follows the retro style well. The window behind the back door is really small and the trunk looks significantly smaller than the hood. Of course, all this is just a trick, since this is a car that is supposed to accommodate the passengers in the rear the most, so they do have more than enough space, but we’ll address that in a minute.

Side view of a olive green Rolls-Royce Phantom

2013 Rolls Royce Phantom – Side view

The back is the least thought of section. It seems bland and non-distinctive, and if it weren’t on such a huge car, it might completely elude your attention.

Side back view of a Rolls-Royce Phantom parked next to a private jet

Side back view of the Rolls-Royce Phantom

Speaking of huge, there are two sizes of this car. The regular-sized one is 229.7 inches long and the long-wheelbase one is 239.5 inches long.
Several times we’ve mentioned the retro styling, but we have to say that this car is NOT a part of that retro-styling hype that has grabbed the automotive industry. It is not a retro-styled muscle car, VW Beetle, Mini, or Fiat 500 made simply to take advantage of the moment in which the design world is right now and has been for a while. This is a Rolls-Royce and it has looked like this for a while and there is a strong possibility that it will look like this for time to come. They have found the design that works for them, and they don’t let themselves get sidetracked by any particular trend.

Interior

This is where the Phantom is at the top. You might not like the exterior design, but the interior you will adore. You can choose the five-seat version, or the four-seat one if you take the optional rear bucket seats. Anyway, you will sit far behind next to the rear pillars, and not by the door. This can give you the privacy you might need and loads of room in front of you.

view of the tan leather back seats of a Rolls-Royce Phantom

Back Seat view of the Rolls-Royce Phantom

(Image via Caricos)
Needless to say, the seats are very comfortable and the materials are top quality with loads of perks, such as handcrafted folding tables, a video system, loads of high-class wood, dual climate system, optional heated rear seats, refrigerated compartment at the front and much more.

back seats with the moonroof open in a Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rear interior with white leather, bucket seats and an open moonroof

We haven’t talked much about the driver’s position, mostly due to the fact that this is mainly a car whose owner will sit in the back, and the front will be occupied by an employee-so it seems surprising that the heated front seats are standard while the back ones are optional.

Front seat view with white leather and wood trim of a Rolls Royce Phantom

White leather interior with wood trim in the Phantom

(Image via Bold Ride)

However, the “employee” will enjoy a great working environment with loads of leather and wood, leather wrapped steering wheel, navigation system and generally roomy, high class and wonderfully designed interior.

Brown leather interior view of the Rolls-Royce Phantom

The interior view of the front seats of the Phantom – shown in Brown Leather

(Image via Bold Ride)

Engine and Performance Specs

To be honest, this is not very important in this kind of a car. The engine needs to be big, reliable and reasonably quiet. That’s it. Top speed and fuel consumption are usually irrelevant, since you don’t buy it to race anyone and if you have $389,970-$470,295 to spare for a car, you should be able to afford the petrol as well. The Rolls-Royce Phantom packs a 6.8 l V12 engine that produces 453 hp and the torque of 531 lb-ft, that can, despite the weight of 5,500 lbs, race this car to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic.

Black Rolls-Royce Phantom in motion

Side view of the Phantom

 


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