RE: Novitec gets busy with Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

RE: Novitec gets busy with Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

Tuesday 3rd December

Novitec gets busy with Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

Need a Phantom with more power, less ground clearance and wheels the size of planets? Right this way...



Modified luxury cars are never going to find favour with purists. By definition, the process tarnishes originality, meddles with a carefully honed look and compromises peerless craftsmanship. That said, clearly sufficient demand exists for spending even more money on the most expensive cars in the world, and Novitec is certainly not one to miss out on its slice of the pie. So welcome, if you will, the 'Spofec' range of Phantom upgrades from the German company, comprising wheels, suspension, power and more.

Because of the Rolls' enormous 6.8-litre, twin turbo V12, liberating additional motive force hasn't been difficult. Indeed through nothing more than ECU work, Novitec is claiming a gain in power from 563hp to 685hp, and a torque leap from 664lb ft to 745. That latter figure is from just 1,800rpm, too, only 100 more than standard, so - in theory - it should drive in a similar fashion to the standard car. Just going quicker.


The wheels are new from Novitec/Spofec for this generation of Phantom, the 24-inchers (!) available in a range of colour finishes. The wheel and tyre combo offered is said to be "the perfect application for maximum contact with the roads." Just be careful parking near any SW1 kerbs with those...

Perhaps the most drastic change for this Phantom VIII, though, is the suspension drop. Novitec has introduced its own CAN-Tronic control module, meaning it can lower the ride height through the air suspension by about 40mm at less than 140km/h (87mph). There are a range of spacers to support the drop, too. And while running that much closer to the ground on even bigger wheels will surely play havoc with the famously finessed Phantom ride quality, it's hard to argue against the presence afforded to a car this large when it's dropped this low on wheels so huge. For those that kind of like it, you're not alone.


Finally, for those still unsatisfied with their reworked Rolls, Novitec has created a range of aero extras; working from front to back there's a new bumper, set of side skirts, rear bumper and - heaven forbid - spoiler lip. Still, no worse than a Cullinan - is it?

So that's what 'Performance meets Elegance' means to Novitec. There aren't prices yet - because the link to Novitec's shop is currently broken - but cost surely can't be a factor when modifying Rolls-Royces. You either do it, or not - the money isn't going to be a deciding element. Still, every little helps and all that, so for those after a donor vehicle, this secondhand Phantom is down to Β£280k...



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BigChiefmuffinAgain

Original Poster:

200 posts

46 months

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This is just what this car needed, with perhaps some go-faster stripes down the side and some fake extra exhaust pipes....

Burwood

14,082 posts

194 months

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I can see a younger buyer wanting to bling out their Rolls but to mess with the engine!

The used example is virtually new (3k miles) and given they start at £360k+options, £280k looks like a bargain.

numtumfutunch

3,378 posts

86 months

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OMG - they'll probably coachbuild an SUV next for the ultimate in bad taste


Oh, hang on......................

cookie1600

1,324 posts

109 months

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"Novitec has created a range of aero extras"


PaulD86

881 posts

74 months

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I saw the article title and thought, "I should hate this". I saw that pics and thought, "I should hate this". I don't hate it. Actually, I think it looks better than the standard car. The back in particular seems to gel better than the standard car. I'll never be in the market for one, but I think it oddly works.

AmosMoses

3,507 posts

113 months

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Quite like it...

DanielSan

14,574 posts

115 months

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Not too bothered about the kit but I love the wheels.

vtecyo

2,068 posts

77 months

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Epic. Want one.

WCZ

7,346 posts

142 months

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BigChiefmuffinAgain said:
This is just what this car needed, with perhaps some go-faster stripes down the side and some fake extra exhaust pipes....
doesn't need stripes or fake exhaust pipes but I agree with you - the car has benefited from the novitec changes

as you suggest the phantom is hardly a subtle car anyway and has loads of road presence as standard

xjay1337

13,134 posts

66 months

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Burwood said:
I can see a younger buyer wanting to bling out their Rolls but to mess with the engine!

The used example is virtually new (3k miles) and given they start at £360k+options, £280k looks like a bargain.
What's wrong with some engine ECU tweaks... Lol.

thecremeegg

1,295 posts

151 months

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I love it personally!

PhantomPH

3,138 posts

173 months

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As already stated, I know I shouldn't like this, but I do! Especially this angle:




parabolica

5,145 posts

132 months

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PhantomPH said:
As already stated, I know I shouldn't like this, but I do! Especially this angle:

That does look nice. Watched a video the other night of them comparing the brand new 2020 RR to a 2006 version - they look identical but inside is where most of the development has happened. Have to say I think the front-end, especially the headlights, look a little unresolved on the 2020 model. The old 2006 design, with it's massive fog lights under the main light unit looked weird to being with but now I think I prefer them to the new front-end.

scottygib553

189 posts

43 months

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I wouldn’t have it THAT low but otherwise I think this is great.

Dave Hedgehog

11,842 posts

152 months

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i will wait for liberty walk to do a full on job

or maybe a classic roller


louiebaby

9,200 posts

139 months

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The Sheikh approves.

Rod200SX

7,022 posts

124 months

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I think that looks absolutely brilliant! Has the right balance of chav/toff.

gigglebug

1,393 posts

70 months

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You can get a good impression of exactly how large a car is when 24” wheels don’t actually look that big on it.

deadslow

6,137 posts

171 months

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louiebaby said:


The Sheikh approves.
rofl

ducnick

955 posts

191 months

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Well done team, we have successfully removed the most defining qualities of a luxury car from the Rolls with those 24”rims and lowering job. Next week we shall be fitting a humidor,cocktail cabinet with crystal glasses and a shotgun rack to Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car.