First Look: High Roller

Rolls-Royce has just opened its biggest showroom in North America (115 South Service Rd., Jericho, L.I.), complete with café, outdoor terrace, and meeting spaces with glass walls. But the real feast for the eyes is due out this September, when the newest member of the Rolls-Royce family is introduced: the Phantom Series II. The original Phantom debuted in 2003; this one, which starts at $398,970 and is infinitely customizable, features the same iconic front grill as its predecessor but with restyled bumpers and rectangular LED headlights. Though I admittedly know nothing about cars, I appreciate a driving machine with state-of-the-art technology and a couturelike interior design. Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Good news for backseat drivers: You can nestle your feet in the deep lamb’s-wool rugs and relax, trusting that whoever is in the driver’s seat won’t lead you astray, as he’s relying on a 3-D map display with landscape topography and guided tours (why not?). The leather seating is sewn by hand; other backseat perks include monitors within the picnic tables and a Logic7 surround-sound system by Harman, so you can pretend that Adele is singing right in your ear. Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Besides the audiovisual content, satellite navigation maps, and driver information presented on the 8.8-inch control center display, there are all sorts of cool built-in features”like this Teflon-coated door umbrella should you get caught in the rain. Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Luxury is all about customization, and one of your options with the Phantom Series II is a trunk stocked with crystal Champagne flutes. Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce

Another bespoke option, beyond the kitchen-size trunk: a Rolls-Royce luggage set. Photo: Courtesy of Rolls-Royce

First Look: High Roller