The member of the Ghost family is the essence of Rolls-Royce in its simplest, purest form – it’s basically class incarnate. Dramatic and graceful, the unique blend of cutting-edge technology and luxurious design creates the ultimate dynamic drive. In the true style of the brand the extension of their Ghost series is a powerful, yet subtle automobile that retains the BMW-derived, 563bhp, 12-cylinder, 6.6-litre engine of its predecessor. The main changes are on the aesthetic front and barely visible, although the extra 17 cm of legroom is definitely worth noting.
In terms of technology – the Rolls Royce Ghost II adopts the “satellite-aided transmission” used in the two-door Wraith model for better, smoother navigation. The new slick “infotainment” set-up is controlled by a console-mounted knob with a touchscreen top and is nothing short of impressive. In addition to the on-board wifi and aircraft-style head-up display projected onto the windscreen there is voice-command system to complete the luxurious experience.
The brand has retained the signature, instantly-recognisable shape of the LED headlights, but has accentuated the powerful look of the car with a subtle sculpting of the bumper. In combination with the chrome finishes on the lower grille, the Ghost II boasts a contemporary feel in addition to uncompromising proportion and elegance. A pleasant surprise is the fact that it hasn’t lost speed at the expense of its truck-like 2.6 tonnes and is able to remain unfeasibly fast.
The exquisitely-finished black veneer, seashell leather and lambswool floor mats create an interior that is difficult to be outmatched in luxury and comfort. Every single detail – the folding picnic tables, massage seats, panoramic sunroof and 18-speaker sound system have been tailored specifically to the Ghost’s interior for a superb feel and look.
All in all – it delivers in terms of performance, appearance and driving experience. The retail price hasn’t been announced yet, although the previous model is available for the base price of $250,000, so it’s safe to presume the sequel will put it in the stratosphere of the automotive market.