With its full reveal of the redesigned Rolls-Royce Phantom coming on July 27th in London at a gala celebrating the history of this iconic model, the British automaker has released this preview image of its redesigned flagship. The eighth generation Phantom is slated to launch sometime in 2018 although specific timing for its arrival here in America has not been divulged. 

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Although it’s hard to draw many conclusions from this modest visual, it appears the new Phantom will be an evolutionary rather than a revolutionary transition from the model it replaces. An earlier teaser video showed the upcoming Phantom will once again feature a variation on the prominent vertical-bar grille treatment, although it will be flanked by new LED headlamps and framed by an edgier fascia treatment. 

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Rolls has said little else about its new super-lux saloon, but has confirmed the Phantom VIII will be based on a new aluminum-intensive platform that’s destined to find its way under other upcoming Rolls-Royce models. We’ll have to wait and see whether some form of the existing 6.75-liter naturally aspirated V12 carries over or gets replaced by a version of the new 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 from the Dawn. There also have been rumors of a possible Phantom plug-in hybrid.

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