2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom: First Drive Review

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content Experience
Laureles Grade
Our first drive was over Laureles Grade, a twisting road that climbs through the hills east of Monterey, California, from Highway 68 to a summit of 1,284 feet before dropping down to Carmel Valley Road. Climbing up the grade was the perfect way to sample the Phantom’s abundant power on tap at any speed, and when the road began winding, the responsive steering and air suspension were equally impressive. We’ve driven this road many times in sports cars and smaller sport sedans, and the Phantom handles the terrain extremely well with a light demeanor — notable considering the long-wheelbase Phantom weighs 250 pounds shy of 3 tons.

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