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Prodigious power is provided by a silken 563-hp twin-turbo V-12 paired with an eight-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. Acceleration is brisk, but Rolls-Royce's claimed 5.1-second zero-to-60-mph time isn't anything you'd appreciate your chauffer trying to replicate; the Phantom is better suited for wafting along with delicate inputs to throttle and steering. To say that the ride is smooth would be an understatement; imagine being carried along on a fluffy cloud. The Phantom practically levitates over the road; it features a pothole-spotting camera that helps the suspension adapt to road imperfections in real time. It's a library-quiet, sensory deprivation cocoon that makes you feel like part of the Royal Family.

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