After a solid 13 year innings, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is set to wind-down production towards the end of the year to make way for an all-new Phantom set to arrive some time in 2018.
To see the Phantom range out in style, both the Phantom Coupe, and Phantom Drophead Coupe will culminate in a series of 50 Phantom Zenith special edition cars.
The Zenith models are set to include special features including a “tailgate hosting area”, laser-etched armrests depicting Villa D’Este and Geneva, where the 100EX and 101EX concept vehicles (which led to the Drophead Coupe and Coupe respectively) debuted, bespoke instrument dials, and a specially prepared Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament.
Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes also confirmed that the coupe and convertible models would not be replaced, sure to make the last of this seventh generation model highly desirable collectors items.
“I am proud and excited to announce that a new Phantom is on the way – a contemporary and beautiful Phantom enhanced with cutting-edge technologies and design innovations.” Mr. Mueller-Oetvoes said in a statement.
“Any new Phantom is an historic and important moment in automotive history and we are working hard on perfecting the Phantom VIII.”
the current Phantom VII series was the first all-new Rolls-Royce to arrive under BMW’s ownership of the iconic British brand, taking over from the short-lived Silver Seraph, itself powered by a BMW V12, but produced during Volkswagen’s short tenure as the rights holder to some (but not all) of the Rolls-Royce trademarks.
With a solid 13 year production run, featuring a facelift in 2009, the Phantom series will take a short break in preparation for the all new Phantom VIII, set to arrive in 2018.
Already Rolls-Royce has released preliminary details of its next-generation aluminium space frame architecture that will underpin the next generation Phantom, as well as going on to provide the basis for the first ever Rolls-Royce SUV and the next generation Ghost and its derivatives.