The Rolls-Royce Phantom II released

Friday, 16 March 2012 From Issue Vol. XX No. 11 By  Dr. Iain Corness

Thailand finally gets its first dedicated R-R dealership, but lags behind China which has 16 authorized dealerships for the prestige brand.  The manufacturer also used the Geneva Auto show to reveal the new Rolls-Royce Phantom II.

BMW, the parent manufacturer, is touting the fact that the new Phantom II has reduced its fuel consumption by 10 percent and the emissions from the chrome-plated tail pipe have been reduced from 388 grams/kilometer to “only” 347.  And if you could afford an R-R would you really care?  I doubt it, however, in today’s age one is supposed to be very responsible and espouse such ‘greenery’.

Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Rolls-Royce Phantom II.

The new Phantom II with sedan, coupe and convertible variants comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, full LED headlights, new bumpers and re-styled lights.

“These cars are timeless in their appeal, but technology moves rapidly and we cannot afford to stand still,” says Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.  Technology they may have by the gigabyteful, but they are still enormous barges in the flesh.

Interestingly, there are more than 60 R-R’s registered in Thailand (though most of these have come in via the grey market), so the new dealership should manage to remain busy by offering factory supported servicing.

And they are so affordable - you can get an R-R Ghost in your driveway for only 20 million baht.

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