Rolls-Royce is a company that will go above and beyond your expectations. We recently visited the factory at Goodwood and were inspired by the passion, care and attention to detail every single person who worked there displayed. These burnished specimens of perfection are simply the most luxurious machines on land and their association with success, fame and royalty is second to none. However, the majority of people who buy a Rolls-Royce would rather be chauffeured around in their palaces on wheels and relax in the back. As a mere mortal I wanted to experience what wealthy individuals call a convenience. Taking the opportunity to do some backseat driving in a Rolls-Royce Phantom might be seen as a bit “jammy” but I prefer to call it investigative journalism…
The Rolls-Royce Phantom is the brands most opulent model and must be seen as a road going ocean liner. This Phantom, finished in a rather regal blue, is a work of art. It may be a huge car but externally every tiny detail from its wheel centres to the crease in its long proud bonnet has been executed perfectly. Its stance is purposeful yet majestic at the same time and with the Spirit of Ecstasy punched above a large chromed grill, there is no mistaking what this motorcar is.
Entering the rear quarters via the Phantom’s signature aft hinged doors you are immediately immersed in an atmosphere of total luxury. The finest leather money can buy upholsters supportive seats and the thick sheep wool carpets engulfs your feet. The push of a button electrically closed the door. Owners can create bespoke interiors with features such as champagne chillers and cigar thermidor. Ask and you shall receive. This car was fitted with large screen that fold out of seat mounted tables. With access tot he internet and T.V. there is no reason you couldn’t perform many business tasks whilst on the move. The cream leather flowed into the front compartment where it was contrasted by deep brown woods. Aluminium vents enhanced this extraordinary carpentry. Behind the large thin-rimmed steering wheel sat my driver, another motoring journalist of whom I insisted on calling Jeeves for the day.
Jeeves, after a witty line about not getting used to this, then pulled away in almost total silence. At speed you can literally whisper as the road and wind noise are concealed out by vast amounts of insulation. The windows are double glazed and the Phantoms 6.75 litre V12 engine ran silently like a spectre at this lavish feast. That was until Jeeves decided to exercise his right foot. Effortlessly the Phantom surged onwards building speed at a fair rate of knots, remember that this car weighs over 3 tonnes. It masks its speed well with only some wind noise and the fast forwarding of passing scenery giving the game away. With the power reserve gauge returning back to higher figures, Jeeves went back to his duties. We wafted along like a gentle breeze with onlookers curious as to who might be in the back. There is not denying that this car makes a statement.
Upon my return I sacked Jeeves for making me open the door myself, however, the Rolls-Royce Phantom has left quite an impression. It is a different world the owners of such cars live in. Expectations are exceeding high and nothing short of perfection will do, Rolls-Royce delivers.