For 2006, the Rolls-Royce Phantom receives only a single significant change, the addition of Bluetooth cell phone compatibility. The company sells only the Phantom in Canada; an extended-wheelbase model is sold strictly in the Middle East and Asia, and a convertible isn’t expected until 2007.
The Phantom is powered by a naturally-aspirated, all-aluminum V12 sourced from parent company BMW, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The car’s 31-inch-diameter run-flat tires are the largest fitted to any production car. Unusually, the rear doors open “suicide” fashion (hinged at the rear) for ease of entry; Rolls-Royce claims it is the only automaker in the world to be allowed to build a car with such doors, due to its engineering expertise.
Among the Phantom’s features are three-staged heated seats, satellite navigation, television and telephone systems, six-zone climate control with four individual fan controls, Teflon-coated umbrellas in both rear doors (with drainage channels so they can be stored wet), leather interior that takes from 15 to 18 hides per car, six types of available wood veneer, lambswool rugs, wool and cashmere headliner, folding picnic tables, 18 standard exterior colours with a possible 45,000 custom-mixed ones,