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The luxury, aesthetics, and power of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II

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Rolls-Royce once wore the crown of the world's most finely crafted automobiles. Somewhere along the line, though, the company lost its luster. It still produced cars that appealed those who spent their time tooling around the English countryside, but it lacked that something special that made it everyone's envy.

When BMW purchased Rolls-Royce, the car manufacturer took a hard turn towards luxury, aesthetics, and power. The newly acquired company released the Phantom in 2003. In 2012, it released an updated Phantom II with minor alterations that make a huge difference. What was already a spectacular car is now one of the world's top machines.

From the outside, connoisseurs will notice a retuned front end. Rectangular lights and updated bumpers make the new Phantom look downright intimidating. Of course it looks expensive. More importantly, it looks powerful.

Drivers lucky enough to sit behind the Phantom II's wheel will also notice some impressive changes. A multi-media controller makes it easier to choose music from the radio, satellite, CD player, or MP3 player. It's truly designed to meet the needs of modern drivers. It also has an integrated satellite navigation system with an 8.8-inch display that does much more than show maps and give directions. It also plays movies and lets the driver bookmark up to eight locations. When put in reverse, the screen automatically connects a rear-mounted camera that shows exactly what is behind the car.Rolls-Royce Phantom II interiors

The new Rolls-Royce never compromises on performance. That commitment shines through with the Phantom II. It has a smooth suspension that helped make the company famous in the 20th century. This updated model, however, has much more than those older cars could ever offer. The Phantom II is powered by a V12 direct injection engine that delivers 453 horsepower. An 8-speed automatic transmission coordinates perfectly with the engine so that passengers never feel the slightest lurch.

Those who can afford to spend nearly half a million dollars on a car will also want beauty in addition to high performance. The Phantom II comes through in every way. This handcrafted car has soft leather seats, polished wood veneer, and chrome bezels. With 44,000 paint colors and a nearly unlimited number of wood veneers to choose, each Phantom II has its own unique aesthetic that matches the owners preferences.

The rich and famous once spent their time in Rolls-Royce vehicles while chatting, conducting business, or just enjoying the view. With the reinvention of the Phantom, the upper class can once again feel good about buying a car stamped with the Rolls-Royce seal of approval.

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Pablo Ferrero

Pablo Ferrero is the leader at the Navis Writing Team, other writers are Naty Frúmboli, Matt Thompson and Mechi di Paola. Our team has extensive experience in writing yacht reviews, articles for travel and sailing magazines and in the general yachting world. In Navis Luxury Yachts Magazine, we combine our knowledge and our love for sailing.