( Worldcarfans ) - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that a new armoured version of the Phantom will be launched, offering substantial security benefits for those customers that require the highest levels of personal protection.
Engineered to VR7 level, the highest current international protection rating, the Phantom Armoured is virtually indistinguishable from the standard version, inside and out. The car features high-tech fibre composites and special purpose steel to provide protection for the bodywork, while the glazed area is constructed from sheets of thickened glass. In addition, a polycarbonate layer is fitted to the inside for extra passenger protection.
The Phantom's aluminium spaceframe chassis and suspension components have been strengthened to cope with the additional weight of the modifications. However, the powertrain remains unchanged, providing 453bhp and a phenomenal 720nm of torque. As well as ballistic security, the new package has been designed to offer the same luxury, refinement and comfort as the standard Rolls-Royce range.
Like all Rolls-Royce models the Phantom Armoured begins life at Goodwood, while the special armouring process is carried out off-site by an approved coachbuilder.
Customers will be able to order Phantom Armoured from all Rolls-Royce dealers and can tailor every aspect of the car to their own specific requirements. This new model will be available initially in Europe and the Middle East.