For 2007, the Rolls-Royce Phantom receives minor changes. The electronically-governed top speed increases to 240 km/hr from 209 km/hr; the CD changer receives an auxiliary output jack for MP3 players; four new interior colour combinations are available; and there are four new exterior colours: Diamond Black, English White, Ensign Red, and Midnight Blue. The base price on the Phantom has dropped due to a stronger Canadian dollar.

There is also a new available Phantom Extended Wheelbase (EWB), which adds 254 mm (10 in.) to the regular Phantom wheelbase and provides more accommodation for rear-seat passengers.

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, adjustable ride height, surround sound stereo system, balanced wheel centre caps that keep the RR logo upright, and a Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that automatically flips out of sight to deter thieves. Home, James.

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