2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom Prototype Partially Reveals New Headlights, Taillights

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When it comes to brands such as Rolls-Royce, the switch to a new era happens less often than with more plebeian automakers, as dictated by the traditional roots of such carmakers. And yet Goodwood is preparing to step towards a new generation of models that will be underpinned by an all-new modular platform.

The first member of the fresh RR generation will be the 2018 Phantom and we are now bringing you the latest spyshots of the overly lavish sedan.

Compared to the previous spy episodes, the prototype has lost the cladding under the psychedelic wrap, so we can notice the shape of its various design details.

The most prominent part of this tester seems to be represented by the light clusters. As emphasized by the overly subtle visual changes brought by Rolls-Royce mid-cycle revamps, the automaker is determined to follow an evolutionary styling path, so existing customers don't feel left behind.

So while various body details, such as the air-channelling shapes on the side of the front apron, seem like barely touched bits of the current phantom, the headlights and taillights are what truly makes the upcoming eight-generation Phantom.

Speaking of which, we still can't figure our whether the taillights will feature a body color-painted center section, as we've seen on the headlights of the Bentley Bentayga, for instance.

Then there's the roofline - we seem to notice a more swooping profile, with this possibly being the British automaker's gentle way of quenching the current thirst for four-door coupe silhouettes.

These spyshots also take us inside the car and while some of you may have seen the digital dashboard of the 2018 model before, this is still a massive transformation. However, given RR's passion for minimalist cabin design, we should be treated with a memorable approach once those two big screens light up.

As for the new architecture, this should be considerably lighter than the current one, which, despite its aluminum spaceframe form, still means the Phantom tips the scales at over 5,600 lbs.

On the one hand, this will mean the next Phantom will surprise its driver with compliance even more than the outgoing model. On the other hand, the lighter construction will allow the luxurious sedan to also accommodate a battery, as the line-up is expected to include a hybrid.

So, until the 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom makes its debut next year, here's what not to expect from the new generation: following negative customer feedback on the Phantom 102EX concept, we won't see an all-electric Rolls-Royce too soon. And this time around, the Phantom won't get a Coupe or a Drophead Coupe at the end of its designation. Guess lavish lifestyle aficionados with a taste for two-door models will have to turn to the Wraith or Dawn derivatives of the smaller less humongous Ghost.
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