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Rolls-Royce automobiles have an expansive lifetime and eventually become timeless classics embodying good taste, beauty, and luxurious perfection. In terms of timeless elegance, the Phantom is regarded as the ultimate expression of this.

In 2017, the eighth-generation Phantom made its debut, and in the creation of this new expression, Rolls-Royce designers and engineers were implored by the requests of the clients that Rolls-Royce inhibit themselves from making any major changes to the already iconic motor car.

To answer the client demands, Rolls-Royce made only the slightest of design changes, embellishments, and adaptations to the new series. The design team ensured that certain features should be preserved and protected.

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Phantom Extended Series II

New Expression

One of the first and most important design feature that they knew they had to keep was the commanding presence of the Phantom. They further enhanced his feature by adding a new, polished, horizontal line between the daytime running lights above the Pantheon Grille. This gives the Phantom a more modern assertiveness, showing its driver-focused character.

There was also a subtle geometric change to the Pantheon Grille that made the ‘RR’ Badge of Honor and Spirit of Ecstasy stand out more especially when viewed from the front. First seen in Ghost, the design team also added illumination to the grille. For the headlights, they added intricate, laser-cut bezel starlights, creating not just a visual connection with the Starlight Headliner inside, it also adds a bit of surprise and delight to the Phantom’s night-time presence.

For the side profile, the Phantom has kept the Rolls-Royce signature short front and long rear overhang, with the long wheelbase and broad c-pillar, with the latter part giving more privacy for its occupants. The silhouette of the Phantom has kept the elegant key lines starting from the Spirit of Ecstasy running towards the rear tail. From the front fender, the ‘split-belt’ line starts and then it gently curves towards the rear door, showcasing the car’s long dash-to-axle proportions, then it gently falls towards the lantern-like rear lamps. A strong shadow is created by the heavily undercut ‘waft line’, a visual signal of the marque’s unmatched ‘Magic Carpet Ride’.

A suite of new wheels further enhanced the side profile of the Phantom. Available to commission is a 3D, milled, stainless steel wheel with triangular facets in a fully or part-polished finish. As an alternative, the Phantom can also have a truly elegant disc wheel, reminiscent of the 1920s Rolls-Royce motor cars. Perfectly embodying the sense of flight on land, the disc wheel is produced in both polished stainless steel and black lacquer.

Some Phantom clients have previously requested to have a darkened chrome grille surround, black bonnet reins, side frame finishers, and windscreen surround, so Rolls-Royce responded to this by having these features available to commission. This design aesthetic has allowed Rolls-Royce to transform the Phantom to have the darkest of dark appearances or the lightest of light.

The sumptuous interior of the Phantom is practically unchanged. They did make the steering wheel slightly thicker, to be more connected and to give immediate point of contact for the owner-driver.

Phantom and Phantom Extended were given their own distinct characteristics representing two different seats of power. Mostly favored by the growing number of clients who wish to drive themselves is the Phantom. Those who prefer to command from the rear seat, there is the Phantom Extended which gives a super-luxurious chauffeur-driven experience.

Rolls-Royce Connected

With the introduction of the Phantom comes the debut of ‘Rolls-Royce Connected’. Whispers is a Rolls-Royce private-members’ Application, the app enables the owner to send an address directly to the motor car, allowing seamless navigation to an event, dealership, restaurant, or even the Home of Rolls-Royce itself.

Whispers also displays the security status, motor car’s location, and current ‘health’ condition of the Phantom using ‘Rolls-Royce Connected’. At the touch of a button, the owner can get in contact with a preferred dealership for any information about the car or for any servicing needs.

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By: Reggie
Title: Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II (With Photo Gallery)
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-phantom-series-ii-with-photo-gallery/
Published Date: Fri, 13 May 2022 17:58:30 +0000

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Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame

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Kids are impressionable, especially when motorcycles are involved. That magical combination of sound, smell and danger has a way of imprinting itself on young minds. But Kyle Harvey didn’t just dream of bikes as a child—he practically grew up with them.

Kyle’s trade is tool and die making, but his passion is building bikes. His father, Garth Harvey, got Kyle and his brother into bikes at a young age; as soon as they could start their old man’s vintage motorcycles, they were riding them. Living in Edenvale in South Africa’s Gauteng province, the boys also had direct access to the local Classic Motorcycle Club.

 

The folks at the CMC made quite an impression on young Kyle—and taught him everything he knows about vintage bikes. After helping numerous friends work on their bikes, he went on to open his own shop, named simply ‘The Workshop.’ Kyle has been building and restoring classic motorcycles for over a decade now.

This cheeky bobber is his latest build, and it’s immensely fascinating. The engine’s from a Triumph TR6 Trophy, the frame is from a Matchless, and the quirky handmade details on it are endless.

Custom Triumph TR6 with Matchless frame

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By: Ben Pilatti
Title: Here comes trouble: A Triumph TR6 with a Matchless frame
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-triumph-tr6-matchless-frame
Published Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2022 17:01:12 +0000

 

 

 

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The V12 engine holds a special place in the heart of many automotive and motorsports fans. For some, it’s the sound of Formula 1 through the years, especially during the 1990s. For others, it’s engines like the 6.1 L BMW S70/2 from the McLaren F1 or the 3.9L Lamborghini V12 that powered all their cars from the Miura through to the Diablo. No matter where it lies in your heart, it is the “proper” configuration for many: 6 cylinders per bank, put into a V, and firing in an odd sequence to give it that special roar under power.

Yet, as concerns over fuel efficiency, qualms about environmental impact, and high-powered turbocharged V8 or V6 engines are the norm now, the V12 is slowly, but surely, being put to rest. In fact, the only place that V12s are still hanging on by the last threads of their engine mounting bolts are in supercars, hypercars, and a few ultra-luxury cars. Even then, many exotic brands have announced that their next cars will either be V10s or turbo V8s and V6s.

Since it appears that the swan song of the V12 is reaching a crescendo, we thought it only appropriate to celebrate the few remaining cars out there that carry them. It may be the last time we see some of these brands, many of which are known for their V12s.

The Amazing Last V12 Production Versions from the Big Brands

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast

Ferrari 812 Superfast. Image via Supercars.

The writing is on the wall for the prancing horse, as the new Ferrari 296 GTB is showing the direction that Maranello is headed. Yet, unless you were invited to snag one of the limited-edition Monza SP1 or SP2 cars, there is still one car you can buy from the legendary marque that has all 12 cylinders fully intact.

The 6.5L F140 GA V12

The 6.5L F140 GA V12
The 6.5L F140 GA V12. Image Via: Wikimedia Commons.

The 6.5L F140 GA 65-degree V12 in the front of the 812 is the last road-going version of the V12 that debuted in the Ferrari Enzo. Producing a monstrous 789 HP and 530 lbs-ft of torque, it is no slouch either, as when the 812 Superfast debuted, it was the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engine ever made.

It has the typical low-rev Ferrari roar that rises into a howl as the car revs up to nearly 9,000 RPM, and will catapult the 3,845 (1,744 kg) car to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds. As far as a curtain call is concerned, that’s a great way to bow out and focus on hybrids and turbocharged engines.

Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC
cedes-Maybach S680 4MATIC. Image via Supercars.

Mercedes-Benz used to be at the very top of the V12 pecking order when it came to luxury performance cars. Such classics as the S 65 AMG from the mid-2000s and the 500 TE AMG W123 Touring from the very end of the 1970s came with big V12s that sound astounding, but the biggest and baddest of the Mercedes V12s left on in a production car is the M279 E60 LA that hauled the S65 AMGs of 2014.

M279 E60 LA Twin Turbo V12

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By: Simon Bertram
Title: The Swan Song of the V12
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/v12-swan-song/
Published Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:49:26 +0000

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In our continuing quest to source motorcycle gear that combines safety and style, we bring you our thoughts on Shoei’s new ECE 22.06-approved NXR2 helmet. Plus a stealthy riding parka from Akin Moto, and the perfect pair of urban riding gloves from Rev’It!.

Shoei NXR2 helmet It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Shoei’s helmets. Every Shoei I’ve owned has fit and felt right from the first wear, with no major deviations in their sizing or shape from model to model. So when I was looking for a do-it-all street helmet to replace my well-used Shoei RYD, the new NXR2 was a no-brainer… and it hasn’t disappointed.

I loved the RYD for its combination of neutral styling, comfort and ventilation. The NXR2 basically feels like a premium version of the RYD; it has the same clean aesthetic, but ramps up the performance. And it’s one of the few helmets that meet with Europe’s new, and more stringent, ECE 22.06 standard.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Road Tested: Gear from Shoei, Akin Moto and Rev’It!
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