How exactly does one go about iterating an automobile with as esteemed a legacy as the Rolls-Royce Phantom? Very, very carefully, it seems – especially when you’re dealing with a vehicle series almost a century old. After all, the very first Phantom was unveiled back in 1925, quickly making its mark in bespoke automobile luxury.

The British marque now presents the next chapter of the eighth-generation Phantom, five years after it was first unveiled.

“With Phantom Series II, we have retained and carefully protected everything our clients love about this superlative and luxurious item; subtle, yet meaningful enhancements reflect their evolving tastes and requirements,” says chief executive officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Torsten Muller-Otvos.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II. Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

So really, think of the Series II as a tweak in response to client demands, with “only the lightest of design touches, embellishments, and adaptations”. These mainly come in the form of aesthetic nips and tucks where necessary, whilst retaining that signature presence the Phantom commands.

A geometric nudge to the Phantom grille at the vehicle’s fore further emphasises the Rolls-Royce mascot, the Spirit of Ecstasy, particularly when viewed head-on. Providing further prominence: a polished horizontal line connecting the daytime running lights to the grille, now illuminated (just like the Ghost).

Intricate laser-cut bezel starlights on the headlamps, evocative of the galaxy-esque interior roof, round off the changes to the vehicle’s front.

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Spirit of Ecstasy. Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Another thing that’s new is the wheels, now available in a 3D-milled stainless-steel design with triangular facets; or an elegant disc wheel look that’s a throwback to Rolls-Royce motor cars of the 1920s, in either polished steel or black lacquer.

Darkened chrome accents, black bonnet reins and side frame finishers may also be requested for clients aiming for a moodier aesthetic.

Finally, the Phantom Series II marks the debut of Rolls-Royce Connected. Remember Whispers, Rolls-Royce’s private-members’ app? Drivers – particularly the tech-savvy crowd that makes up the Rolls-Royce buyers of today – are able to check in on their car’s status or location at any time, including accessing servicing information.

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