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Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph
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Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motors
Parent company Volkswagen AG
Production 1998-2002
Assembly Crewe, England
Predecessor Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
Successor Rolls-Royce Phantom (2003)
Class Full-size luxury car
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
Engine(s) 5.4 L V12
Transmission(s) 5-speed ZF 5HP30 automatic
Wheelbase 122.7 in (3,117 mm)
Length 212.2 in (5,390 mm)
Width 1998-2000: 76.0 in (1,930 mm)
2001-02: 76.1 in (1,933 mm)
Height 59.6 in (1,514 mm)
Related Bentley Arnage

The Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, produced from 1998 to 2002, was first unveiled on March 3, 1998 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Silver Seraph replaced the Silver Spur, which ended production in 1997.

All Seraphs were hand-built at the Rolls-Royce factory in Crewe, England, which stopped making Rolls-Royce models in 2002 but continued with Bentley. The car had a base price of £155,175 in the UK and $220,695 in the US. It was second in cost and exclusivity only to the Rolls-Royce Corniche.

The Seraph was powered by a 5.4 L aluminium alloy BMW V12 engine and was operated via a 5-speed automatic transmission, making it the first twelve-cylinder Rolls-Royce since the 1939 Phantom III. Standard electronics included digital engine management, adaptive ride control and anti-lock brakes.

The body was 65 percent stiffer than that of its predecessor. Aside from the radiator grille, badges and wheels, the Rolls-Royce was externally identical to the contemporary Bentley Arnage, sharing both its platform and body shell. The exterior was available in one and two-tone finishes.

Inside, the Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph and the Bentley Arnage were similar but quite distinct from one another. In the Seraph, the gear selector was column-mounted and the gauges followed a traditional Rolls-Royce layout (for example, there was no tachometer). In both cars, the seats and dashboard were upholstered in Connolly Leather, with dashboard trim and folding picnic trays for rear passengers faced with glossy burr walnut veneer.

The Seraph was known for its relatively limited acceleration and comfortable handling, in comparison to the Arnage, which had a twin turbocharged V8 of its own design and firmer suspension. However, the Seraph still had a top speed of 140 mph (230 km/h).

Park Ward modelEdit

An extended wheelbase version of the Silver Seraph, called simply the Rolls-Royce Park Ward, was introduced for the 2001 model year, having originally debuted at the 2000 Geneva Motor Show.[1] The Park Ward (sometimes called the Silver Seraph Park Ward) was extended 250 mm (10 in.) relative to the Silver Seraph. It retained the 5-passenger seating of the standard Silver Seraph. Like its smaller cousin, the Park Ward was discontinued after 2002; a total of 127 Park Wards were produced.[2]

Production figuresEdit

A total of 1,570 Silver Seraphs were produced before production ceased. It was indirectly replaced by the Rolls-Royce Phantom in 2003, and then the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost. The discontinued Bentley Arnage continued to be based on the Silver Seraph until 2009. Bentley is now owned by Volkswagen.

ReviewsEdit

  • RAC (7.6/10)[1]
    'The Silver Seraph marks a new start for Rolls-Royce in their quest to once more be recognised as manufacturers of the world's best cars. And it's quite a credible effort'

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