Is this the next Rolls-Royce Phantom testing in California?

This photo of, what we think is, the next Rolls-Royce Phantom. The photo was taken recently on Interstate 5 Freeway in Southern California by our friend Shahab. The Rolls-Royce Phantom’s production recently ended (it began production in 2003) and this new platform will underpin several future products, including an SUV or crossover.

The old Rolls-Royce Phantom had a 453 horsepower, 6.8-liter V-12 that is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It puts out a massive 531 lb-ft of torque, only a handful of luxury cars can match this power. While there’s plenty of buzz that this Rolls-Royce Phantom will, indeed have a V12; rumor has it – that there may be a plug-in hybrid version, possibly matched with a different engine.

Weight is one of the things rumored to be significantly changed. The current model weighs over 5,800 lbs, which is pickup truck territory. The rumor goes on to state that they are looking at a weight just under 5,000 lbs for the future Rolls-Royce Phantom. Then again, if they do build a hybrid of some sort, it will be hard to make it lighter than it currently is.

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