Receiving only minor interior trim updates and hybrid digital (HD) radio, the four-door 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom is a rear-wheel-drive luxury sedan that seats five passengers. The Rolls Phantom comes in both a regular wheel-base version that is more than 19 feet long and an extended wheel base (EWB) version that adds an additional ten inches of overall length and rear-seat legroom. Rolls-Royce Phantom specifications reveal the ultra-luxury car is equipped with a 6.7L V12 engine barreling out 453 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Despite a curb weight approaching 3 tons, the Rolls-Royce Phantom does an amazingly quick zero to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates for the Rolls Phantom are 11 mpg city/18 mpg hwy. Among the Phantom's many standard features are 20-inch wheels, powerful brakes, an adjustable air suspension system and automatically adjustable dampers. Standard safety features include an antilock brake system and a full complement of airbags.Read more Read less
For 2009, the Phantom gets several subtle design revisions, including a new front fascia. The grille is a bit more shallow than the previous model, featuring softer corners, and the front bumper also has smoother contours. The interior now employs individually adjustable reclining rear seats in place of last year's bench seat. Additional audio and video inputs have also been added in the rear of the sedan, and several switches have been repositioned. A new coupe model is available as well, sharing some design elements with the recently added Drophead Coupe and bringing the model total to four. The coupe features thin LED turn signals, large round headlamps, a gently raked grille, and an optional brushed steel hood and windshield surround.
Quiet inside and out; tremendous torque and effortless acceleration; highly customizable; vast rear-seat space.
Starting at about a third of a million dollars--and likely costing much more with customization--the 2009 Rolls-Royce Phantom is only on the list of a very small crowd with both the means and the desire to flaunt it. With the EWB model, the Phantom is an excellent way to arrive in style--with a driver, of course.