‘Waftability’. Takes a while to get one’s head around that. And yet the term has been rooted in the Rolls-Royce lexicon for some years now.
So it was hardly surprising that when the company announced its new Phantom Series II would debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the term once again rose to prominence.
Working in tandem with ‘magic carpet ride’, the term showcases Rolls-Royce commitment to effortless driving and luxury, two areas where ‘significant changes’ have been made. New driver assistance technologies (including new parking cameras) form the platform of the Phantom Series II, while the central multi-media controller has undergone a redesign.
Though much of the Phantom first rolled out in 2003 remains, re-styled front bumpers and rectangular light apertures complete a mini-facelift. Rolls-Royce also highlight the full-LED headlights – the first to come as standard on a production car – as another step forward.
Alongside the Phantom II Coupe, Rolls-Royce have unveiled the Saloon, Drophead Coupe and Extended Wheelbase models of the family. Performance figures remain sketchy, though the 250(ish)kph top speeds are likely to improve thanks to a V12 engine and new 8-speed automatic gearbox.
That just leaves the tagline for the latest Rolls-Royce project: ‘take the best and make it better’. How accurate that proves to be shall be revealed in Geneva >>>