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Baby Rolls Ghosts into South Africa

13.03.2015

IT‘S not every day that Rolls-Royce releases a new car, let alone gathers the local motoring press to attend its launch. However, the British luxury car maker has presented a new version of its “baby” in the range, the Ghost Series II.

Series II what’s new?

For starters, there have been suspension enhancements with re-engineered front and rear struts, new hydraulic rear axle bearings to enhance ride quality and rear stability. There are also new paint and wheel options available with a massive amount of personalistaion options.

New spector exterior

The new Ghost gets re-designed LED headlights, which are encircled by daytime running lights, a more tapered ‘wake channel’ on the bonnet, which comes  from the Spirit of Ecstasy (which is Rolls-Royce lingo for the badge) and is said to evoke the sight of a jet’s vapour trail or the wake of a fast luxury yacht.

The bumpers have also been refined in an attempt to make the car appear both wider and taller, while chrome inserts to the front air intakes feed more air cooling to the front brakes. Finally, the vehicles waft line has been revised to lean further forwards, creating a more dramatic visual.

Overall, the exterior isn’t dramatically different from the previous car however, the changes made are as a result of customer feedback and therefore minor revisions and not a complete redesign was needed. It looks more imposing and is definitely more modern.

Inside Ecstasy

The interior is a thing of beauty, with the absolute best in materials and finshes being used and executed. Both the front and rear seats have been redesigned for added comfort. In terms of customisations you’re really spoilt for choice as there are almost endless variations of trim and specification available, while the bespoke programme offers a chance for customers to make their car as unqiue as possible.

There are a host of new technologies in the car such as on-board Wi-Fi, Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT), which means that the car‘s navigation system reads the road ahead and will adjust the transmission to varying road conditions. There‘s also the option of the bespoke audio, whcih the brand claims is the most exhaustively engineered and finest audio system in automotive history. I tend to agree with their sentiments, after sitting in the back and listening to the 18-speaker system.

Performance

I know, how boorish of me to bring it up. Should anyone care, the new Ghost is powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 motor  that churns out 420kW/750Nm, which is coupled with a ZF eight-speed gearbox and is said to take the 2 470kg luxury barge from 0-100km/h in five seconds. The good news is that Autodealer should have this goulish character to drive for a short period in the coming months.

Where can I buy one?

The Ghost Series II can now be ordered from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Sandton, the sole dealer of Rolls-Royce motor cars in South Africa.

 "Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it." -Sir Henry Royce

 

Article written by Sean Nurse
13.03.2015
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