The Rolls-Royce Ghost II
Every bit the Quintessential RR, the fine details are Key
It is the classic grille, the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, RR logos, the Carpets, the lambs wool Overlays, the Paintwork, the Livery, the sound of the doors closing; the overall all quality that makes a Rolls Royce, meaning Ultra-luxury.
When an owner opens the door, and steps into a Rolls-Royce that he/she realizes it really is the smallest details that make the biggest difference at this end of town.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II show off a mild face lift to the top line model, traditionally a RR model runs for a generation, but now the competition for the Ultra-luxury buyer is stiff. Rolls-Royce must stay alert and focused to remain the leader in the sector/
Nowhere is this more important than in the areas of in-car technology and connectivity, where new innovations are entering the automotive industry regularly, almost daily.
The Ghost II features on-board wi-fi, video conferencing and the ability to file share within an updated and improved infotainment system that uses a large 10.3 inch high-definition screen and a new crystal-capped, rotary control knob.
The larger screen allows the owner-driver, chauffeur or liveryman to pinch and pull maps much like a smartphone and write characters with your fingers onto the control.
Ghost II includes a new 18-speaker bespoke audio system that is as good as expected. The speakers are subtly hidden among the nine leather hydes used to create each interior and capped by a choice of 14 timber veneers.
A new buyer can go bespoke (nearly every Rolls-Royce owner does) in this region and create a 1-off combination. But “stock” it has a strong option list of interior packages.
The engine has be tweaked a bit for this new version.
The power from the 563bhp, 6.6-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 is immense and good enough to drag its 2470kgs from zero to 100kmh in a sportscar-like five seconds.
One welcome addition is the GPS-guided 8-speed transmission from the Wraith. Using satellite technology, it predicts the gear you should be in for upcoming bends and automatically shifts up or down accordingly to avoid the need for mode buttons like sport or comfort. It is all taken care of from Space.
There is a redesigned front bumper to take larger air intakes and most notably new LED headlights as well as 19-in forged aluminum wheels with the option of 21-in low profile rims.
When the Ghost was introduced, it drove Rolls-Royce sales from around 1,000 units a year to more than 4,000, this has not negatively impact the marque’s exclusivity.
Now, 7 years later the Series II Ghost is every bit the quintessential Rolls-Royce.
Rolls Royce Motors is a unit of BMW (F:BMW)