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The development mule for the next-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom has been spied once again under full camouflage. With the current-gen model being around since 2003, it is expected that the British luxury car maker will launch its new Phantom some time this year.

From a design perspective, it doesn’t look like too much has changed on this model, but we understand that there’s a completely new space-frame architecture in use here. The all-aluminium space-frame chassis will go on to underpin other future Rolls-Royce models as well, including the coming SUV.

Having seen the BMW 7 Series’ impressive tech and features, it wouldn’t surprise us too much to see some of that transferred to the new flagship Rolls. Items like the BMW Display Key would fit a Phantom quite nicely, we reckon.

For power, the new Phantom should carry on with a monstrous BMW-sourced V12 engine – not that anyone at this end of the market is too concerned with engine downsizing, anyways. The current Phantom is powered by a 6.75 litre V12 that deals 453 hp and 720 Nm of torque.