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2017 Rolls-Royce Phantom review - verdict

Rolls-Royce replaces its flagship saloon car with an all-new model that remains the last word in automotive luxury

Words By Matt Prior

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2017 Phantom

How do you give a purely objective verdict to a car where objectivity barely comes into the equation?

Where it does, the Phantom scores well. No other modern car rides like it, or is as quiet as it, or cossets its passengers or proves quite so easy to drive very, very smoothly. But, then, it’s Β£360,000, so it should be good, right?

Right. But the Phantom has set out to do one thing: provide more luxury than any other new car. It does that, and it does it brilliantly, so if you have the wherewithal to do so, fill your boots.

What Car? says...

Rated 5 out of 5

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Bentley Mulsanne

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Rolls-Royce Phantom

Price Β£360,000

Engine 12cyl, 6749cc, petrol

Power 563bhp at 5000rpm

Torque 664lb ft at 1700rpm

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-60mph 5.1sec

Top speed 155mph

Official economy 20.3mpg

CO2, tax band 318g/km, 37%

Release date On sale now

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