Eighth-gen Rolls-Royce Phantom at Rs 9.5 crore

Rolls Royce, the British iconic super luxury car maker, on Thursday introduced a new eighth-generation Rolls Royce Phantom in the Indian market priced between Rs 9.5 crore and Rs 11.35 crore.

The pricing depends on customer specifications, with all Phantoms built bespoke. With this new saloon the company plans to widen the product portfolio in the country.

The pricing of the car involves 214 per cent of import duty plus Goods and Service Tax.

“Our business is booming in South India and Chennai is a big automotive hub from Indian perspective and therefore, we chose Chennai for the launch”, Paul Harris, Asia Pacific regional director at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said.

He said Cullinan will be introduced in India later this year, followed by Phantom, and Ghost extendable base, Wreath and Dawn. “By the end of the year there will be five model launch plus BlackBadge,” Harris said.

He said pricing in India for the standard wheelbase is Rs 9.50 crore and for the extended wheel base at Rs 11.35 crore, inclusive of a four year service package and regional warranty. The prices have risen substantially post GST and taxation in budget for all imported CBUs, he pointed out.

With a capacity to make 4,000 cars, Rolls-Royce has said the wait for the new Phantom would be nearly nine to 10 months. “We are booked for Phantom for the next 9-10 months,” Harris said.

KUN Exclusive is the authorised Rolls-Royce Motor Cars dealer for Chennai and Hyderabad. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have five outlets in the Southern region.

The Phantom VIII is powered by 6.75 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine that delivers 563 hp and 900 Nm of torque.

It can reach 0-100km/hr in just 5.4 seconds with

the help of its seamless eight-speed, satellite-aided transmission.

The car sports a four corner air suspension system, state of the art chasis control systems, 130kg of sound insulation, double laminated glass and dual skin alloys across the bulkhead ensure.

“When Rolls-Royce acoustic test engineers reviewed the results of road and vibration tests, the sound levels were so low, they had to check if their instruments were calibrated correctly,” the company said in a statement.

The new Phantom series is 30 per cent lighter than its predecessors and has a laser light technology providing 600 metre range of light at night for enhanced safety.

“Phantom, the pinnacle of luxury, is built on a new specframe which will underpin all future models,” Harris said.


Michael Gonsalves