Is This The Next Rolls-Royce Phantom?

Rolls-Royce is expected to unveil its all-new Phantom later this month, but we may not have to wait that long to catch a glimpse at what it has in store.

Shared on the French fan forum Worldscoop (no relation) and brought to our attention by our astute reader Simon is a trio of ostensibly leaked images showing the next-generation limousine in long-wheelbase form. While we can’t verify their authenticity, they certainly look plausible as depicting the forthcoming Phantom VIII to follow the seventh-gen model that was only recently discontinued.

Previewed last year by the 103EX concept, the eighth-generation Phantom promises significant advancements over the previous iteration that was in production since 2003. As these images suggest, those will include more modern styling, without sacrificing on the British marque’s signature stateliness. But there’ll be more to it than fresh sheetmetal.

The new Phantom is being built on an all-new aluminum architecture that it will share with the Cullinan crossover and most every other Rolls to follow in the near future. The platform is being engineered for all-wheel-drive capability, and while we don’t know whether that will be offered on the Phantom, per se, we are anticipating a four-wheel steering system to help maneuver the big beast. It’ll also be more advanced inside, where the wealthiest customers can expect the latest infotainment systems blending with the most luxurious materials available.

We’ll have to wait to see what will feature under the hood, but we’ll likely be looking at either an evolved version of the outgoing model’s 6.75-liter naturally aspirated V12, or an upgraded version of the Ghost’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo unit. A fully electric version may follow at some point, but Rolls has ruled out bridging the gap in the meantime with a hybrid. One way or another, we’ll find out exactly what the BMW Group has in store for its flagship model on July 27, so watch this space.

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  • donald seymour

    This is just ridiculous. I hope not, because this is literally the exact same car minus the headlights. I understand evolutionary design, but this is just a front fascia slight makeover.

    • Kaisuke971

      The goal is to sell the car. If the customers don’t want too much changes, don’t change the car. Very simple.

    • Adi

      If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

  • I’mCallingYouOut

    Probably.

  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    I totally disagree with that pics. Looks like a makeover not like the release of a new car. And where is the disegn and the elegance in this container? We are talking about RR not a cheap Chinese car

    • Kaisuke971

      These cars look much better in person. On this low res bended image you can’t get a real idea of its presence

  • KenjiK

    Looks more like a facelift than a new model.
    I do like the headlights though.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    looks like sweptail but with 7 series underpinnings

  • qrM
  • Adam Bernard

    Umm… the 103EX was a vision of a far future Rolls, not a preview of the Phantom VIII…

  • Denzel

    I wasn’t expecting anything different while everyone else is in shock. The car is bought by people to be driven in with a chuffer. Those people are either rich and famous, executives, and CEOs. They care mainly about the inside of the car and how comfortable it is. The exterior is the last thing. I give it another decade till it gets an extensive update.

    • Auf Wiedersehen

      Well, all that and that lady with wings and the RR on the front…you know so everyone can see they have one.

  • Bob

    I don’t buy these. Look where the clock in on the interior. It looks tacked on by the passenger like an afterthought. Also those headlights don’t look much like what we’ve seen showing through the camo’d cars.

  • Bob

    It’s a Rolls Royce and all so I’d take it in a heartbeat but I was hoping for something more… I don’t know… new.

  • JJ

    Where is the central display?

  • Jds65

    Clearly not.a company with such prestige like RR would not take half assed shots of their flagship car.look at the front tire width lmao.also the interior is off.this is just a fantasy rendering.

  • Big Black Duck

    when will the headlights ever match the grandness of the rest of the vehicle?

  • SteersUright

    Wow, what exciting new design. It looks like a Russian, kit-car version of the current Rolls. There is no way in hell these pics have anything to do with the upcoming Rolls or they’ve totally lost it. Rolls were always impossibly elegant (well except for the deservedly forgotten mid-years) and this is a shoebox with headlights.

    • Dariush

      its not like current Phantom is that different… i wouldnt be surprised if this was the final design.

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