It’s hard to believe that the seventh-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom was introduced way back in 2003 and yet, it still continues to lead the way in the premium sedan market, offering opulence and luxury unmatched by any of its rivals.
At the end of this year, however, the current Phantom will die, making way for the next-generation that’s set to launch for the 2018 model year.
To help send off the current Phantom in style, Carfection jumped behind the wheel of the latest model, tracing its 13 year history and briefly, the illustrious past of the British brand itself.
While Rolls-Royce is owned by BMW, the Phantom doesn’t simply receive reject parts from its German overlord. It is instead crafted by the finest materials found anywhere in the automotive industry and, to this day, offers a ride like no other.
While saying goodbye to the current Phantom is bittersweet, the next-generation car is expected to be even better, particularly thanks to its aluminum architecture, selection of advanced technologies from BMW and potentially, the availability of a plug-in hybrid variant.