Extended wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantom to be unveiled at Shanghai

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil a new Phantom with an extended wheelbase at the Shanghai motor show on 21 April 2005.

The new model, which will be available in Asia Pacific in late 2005, has been developed specifically to meet demand from the region.

The new Phantom offers additional interior space for the rear occupants while maintaining the elegant exterior looks of the standard length Phantom and its first class driving performance. An extra 250mm has been added to the standard Phantom, behind the B-pillar, to create a car with an even more generously proportioned rear passenger compartment. The extra space lends itself perfectly to the addition of Bespoke features, limited only by the imagination of the customer.

The chairman and chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Ian Robertson, said: “Now that Rolls-Royce is once again established as the world’s leading super-luxury saloon the company has a solid foundation from which to launch new models. Late last year we announced the new convertible, which will arrive in 2007, and we are delighted to be showing this new longer version of the Phantom in Shanghai. The new model has been developed specifically to meet the high demand for Rolls-Royce motor cars from the growing Asia Pacific market.”

The new extended Phantom is entirely hand crafted in-house – designed, engineered and hand built by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the same way as the standard length motor car.

The body, the largest aluminium space frame ever constructed, lends itself to structural adaptation and an extended version was planned from the beginning of development. This ability to create ‘coach-worked’ models to meet the individual needs and desires of Rolls-Royce customers is something that has been central to the marque throughout its 100 year history.

The new motor car will be hand-built to specific customer order for the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions where demand is highest. Production will begin at Goodwood in late 2005 and customer orders are being taken immediately. The extended wheelbase Phantom is priced at US$385,000 plus local taxes in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions.