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Rolls-Royces all Round as Saudi Prince Gifts Soccer Players for Argentina Defeat

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup has seen the most upsets in the first round for as long as anyone can remember. The underdogs are outplaying the favourites.

One such team is Saudi Arabia, which made history during the first round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Tuesday, 22 November, beating Argentina with two goals to one.

Argentina is known worldwide for their soccer legends, such as the late Diego Maradona and the more recent and world-renowned Lionel Messi.

However, not even Messi’s only goal could save his team from defeat by the Green Falcons.

For their efforts and historic win, Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is gifting each player a Rolls-Royce Phantom, according to a TimesNowNews report. The win means so much to the people of Saudi Arabia that the king even declared the following day a public holiday.

According to the report, the starting price for a Rolls-Royce Phantom in India is Rs 8.99 crore, which equates to an estimated $1.05 million, and it can go for up to $1.28 million.

It’s pretty tricky to put a value on this car because there is no such thing as a base model Rolls-Royce – anywhere in the world.

When logging on to the Rolls-Royce site, it reads: “You don’t just purchase a Rolls-Royce, you commission it. A motor car that is yours, and yours alone. Every Rolls-Royce that leaves Goodwood is unique to its owner. Our configurator lets you begin the journey of commissioning your Bespoke Rolls-Royce by designing your vision. This is only to be used as a guide, and we advise you to confirm your design with your local dealership.”

The 2023 Rolls Royce Phantom Series II made its global debut earlier this year. Under its elongated bonnet lies the same 6.75 litre naturally aspirated V12 engine found in the current generation models, delivering 471kW and 900Nm.

And although it’s a gigantic, heavy car, it’s by no means droopy. The engine is mated with the same ZF six-speed automatic transmission that is found in the BMW 760 Li. It goes from zero to 100km/h in just 5.5 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 240km/h.

Those figures are impressive when you think that this car weighs 2 745kg and is equipped with air suspension that helps deliver a velvety suspension.

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