The Mansory Rolls-Royce Phantom is obscenely tasteless

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No bull... German tuner says it’s made the stateliest Roller ‘more noble’. Really?

You didn’t expect anything less, did you? Mansory has set about the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII with its usual enthusiasm for gaudy grilles and lamentable leather, and the results are, well, very Mansory. Sorry, you had finished your breakfast, hadn’t you?

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According to Mansory themselves, the idea for this mod was “to make the overall appearance more noble”. This has been achieved with a new front bumper modelled on the upper part of a Phantom’s face reflected in a puddle. There’s grille, numberplate, then more grille. This is balanced out at the rear with a twin-pipe sports exhaust system which, says the car’s maker, “provides an indication of the enhanced performance of the Mansory Phantom”.

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Thanks to said sports exhaust and an ECU hack, the 6.5-litre bi-turbo V12’s outputs have been massaged. Mansory is claiming 602bhp and 950Nm, up from the standard Phant’s 563bhp and 900Nm. No official word on acceleration times, but the extra poke ought to help all that bodykit get from 0-100km/h in around five seconds.

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The standard, ultra-quiet exhaust is joined in Mansory’s skip by the standard Rolls-Royce wheels, complete with their magical floating hubcaps and tyres filled with soundproofing foam. Instead, this version is treated to 24-inch forged rim on low-profile rubber.

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But then, refinement probably wasn’t high on the agenda here. Not when you peer inside and note the rubberised pedals have been swapped for sporty metal-faced items. And the deep, cushioning shagpile carpet has made way for Mansory’s own quilted leather mats. Mmm, squeaky.

As you can see, several dubious hues are available, including a shade of pink which may or may not be paying tribute to Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 Rolls-Royce from Thunderbirds. Probably not. Instead, the headline spec is the ‘Bushukan yellow’ version.

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Mansory explains: “This colour is named after the citron fruit which is also known as Buddha’s hand as a Bushukan. In China the fruit represents happiness, contentment and a long life. In addition, it conveys the exclusive status of the car.”

Well, that’s one explanation for it. Another is that insecure Phantom owners with vertigo need a vehicle that projects an even more obnoxious image than the Cullinan SUV.

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The price? Well, an unknown amount for the mods, but a blindfold will set you back plenty.

STORY Ollie Kew

Author: TopGear
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