Rolls-Royce Phantom Facelift debuts spy photo in two-tone style

Even “the best car in the world” can still be improved, judging by these early spy shots of a slightly updated Rolls-Royce Phantom. Goodwood’s super-luxurious majestic sedan made the trip to Germany near a BMW facility to prepare for a mid-cycle facelift due out later this year. The prototype was taken for testing in the standard wheelbase specification with an elegant teal and white color combo.

The Spirit of Ecstasy is hidden and all badges remain hidden under black tape, including those on the center self-leveling caps. We don’t know why this is the case because it’s pretty obvious that we are dealing with the most luxurious car ever built. It looks like RR will make changes to the massive front grille while also working on the headlights, perhaps to usher in some new technology shared with the next generation 7 Series also slated for 2022.

The rear of the vehicle is completely exposed, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the Phantom 2023 will retain the rear of the current model. It is quite possible that the prototype lacks all the final parts, which will be added later in the testing phase. We’re used to seeing the luxobarge with dual tailpipes, which might lead some people to believe this one is an electric vehicle. However, you can get the Phantom with the ends under the rear bumper, much like it does here.

Speaking of an electric Phantom, a report of Automotive Review released in August 2020 said Rolls-Royce would release an EV version this year “in very small numbers”. However, we haven’t heard anything since, so for now we can only be sure about the 6.75-liter V12 and its pair of turbochargers.

Don’t expect the restyled model to get a more potent Black Badge version to mirror the smaller Ghost, as the British brand has already ruled out the possibility of a high-performance derivative for its Crown Jewel. That shouldn’t be a big deal since the one percent don’t buy a Phantom for its horsepower count.

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Jack C. Nugent