Rolls-Royce has unveiled the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII, dubbed the most silent car in the world.
The car was unveiled to the public in London on Wednesday, and will reportedly cost about $440,000 (N154,000,000).
“Rolls-Royce will start to go electric in the next decade,” Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the brand’s chief, said in an interview. “You need to have then an effortless charging situation,” as its wealthy clientele isn’t in the mood to spend more than “a couple of minutes” topping up batteries.
One of the bragging points about the Phantom VIII is its silence, with Rolls claiming it is 10 percent quieter at 60 mph than the previous Phantom.
A statement by Rolls-Royce said: “Incalculable effort was expended to create ‘the most silent motor car in the world’ including 6mm two-layer glazing all around the car, more than 130kg of sound insulation, the largest ever cast aluminium joints in a body-in-white for better sound insulation, and use of high absorption materials.
“Acoustic insulation from road noise has been helped by the employment of double skin alloy on areas within the floor and bulkhead of the spaceframe. This is a feature unique to New Phantom. Further noise insulation by inserting dense foam and felt layers are between these skins to provide sound insulation not witnessed before in the car industry.
“In addition, high absorption layers within the headliner, in the doors and in the boot cavity have further aided insulation and reduced reverberation. Rolls-Royce also worked closely with its tyre supplier to invent ‘Silent-Seal’ tires – which feature a specific foam layer placed inside the tyre to wipe out tyre cavity noise and reduce overall tyre noise by 9db, meaning that conversation within the car is completely effortless.
“All in all it is a perfect 360° cocooning effect in a motor car that is approximately 10 per cent quieter than its predecessor at 100km/h. Indeed, when Rolls-Royce’s acoustic test engineer first reviewed results road and vibration tests, the sound levels were so low they had to check their instruments were calibrated correctly.”
This doesn’t mean it’s less powerful, as it packs a a 6.75-liter, V12 engine turbocharged to 563bhp. It has a maximum speed of 155 mph, and goes from 0 to 60mph in 5.3 seconds.
The car also sports the latest technology, including a camera system that includes panoramic- and helicopter-view cameras; a Night Vision camera; a 7-inch-wide heads-up display; and myriad collision/lane departure/cross traffic warning systems.