Talk of a rich, influential and outspoken monarch in Nigeria and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, readily comes to mind. He is someone who bares his mind, regardless of what people think or say about him.
Being a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the head of a prominent emirate, the 55-year-old monarch is a lover of the good things of life and knows what it means to enjoy life.
Sanusi, who was spotted in a Rolls Royce Ghost, with customised number plate, sometime in July, bought a new Rolls Royce Phantom few days ago. He shared the picture of the iconic vehicle on his Instagram page and captioned it ‘Has just been added.’ The car costs tens of millions in naira in the auto market.
Reputed as the best luxury vehicle in the world, Rolls Royce vehicles are, by nature, difficult to compare with any other on the road because they command a special kind of respect and recognition.
Coupled with its commanding presence, powerful stance and state-of-the-art technology, the Phantom, especially, is a timeless interpretation of what modern luxury motor car looks like.
Interestingly, Phantom’s luxurious rating is not just about its appearance or lavish interior that has the finest leather, wood and polished metal trim available, its engine delivers an abundance of effortless power that creates a driving experience like no other.
As it is customary with Rolls Royce vehicles, the rear doors open from the center, and should it be raining when you are about to alight, Teflon-coated umbrellas are tucked inside the doors.
Other unique options include cabin privacy curtains, a trunk-mounted wine cooler and a limousine-like cabin partition. And if the massive rear seat room of the standard Phantom is somehow not enough, there is also the Extended Wheelbase model that offers an additional 10 inches of rear-seat legroom.
No matter how nice you imagine that the Phantom interior is, be sure that it’s even nicer.
The rear-wheel-drive 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom is powered by a 6.7-litre V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, and power from this V12 is prodigious. A six-speed automatic is the lone transmission. The base Phantom accelerates from a standstill to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds, which is impressive for a 5,600-pound vehicle.
Environmental Protection Agency-fuel economy estimates check in at 11 miles per gallon in the city, 18mpg on the highway and 14mpg in combined driving.
While driving, you would never feel the transmission changing gears, and the engine makes little noise as the car leaps forth. The ride is superb, as it soaks up potholes and other road imperfections with nothing more than a muted thump. You could probably drive through a minefield and not disrupt the rear passenger’s power nap.
The 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom is an ultra-luxury sedan available in regular or extended-wheelbase models that seat five by default. Most expected luxury features come standard, including 21-inch cast-aluminum wheels, front and rear parking sensors, power-closing rear coach doors and trunk lid, soft-close power front doors, multi-zone climate control, driver memory functions, leather headliner with wool and cashmere accent panels, and veneered picnic tables built into the rear seatbacks.
Other standard features include Bluetooth, keyless ignition/entry, navigation system, voice command functionality, Rolls-Royce Assist emergency telematics and a multifunction electronics controller.
Driving the Phantom can be very exciting, as the audio system boasts of a 15-speaker Lexicon surround-sound stereo with an in-dash single-CD player, a glovebox-mounted six-CD changer, an auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio with a lifetime subscription.
Its more complex functions, like the DVD-based navigation system, are managed by an interface similar to BMW’s iDrive system. Its trademark mouse-like controller hides inside the centre console when not needed, while the Liquid Crystal Display screen disappears behind a classic analog clock.
If that list seems incomplete for you, Rolls-Royce vehicles can be customised to your heart’s content – for an extra fee, of course.
Optional features include a front and rear camera system, a chilled storage box for the rear seats, a cabinet for drinks, rear curtains and a DVD-changer rear seat entertainment system with dual 12-inch monitors.
The 2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom safety equipment includes antilock brakes, traction control and stability control, active front head restraints, side airbags for front occupants and full-length side curtain airbags, all designed to protect the occupants even if there is an accident.
The good: The Phantom has majestic passenger accommodations, iconic and extravagant styling and it drives surprisingly well for its size.
The bad: Reviewers say some secondary controls could be confusing and having a Rolls Royce car may likely attract paparazzi.
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