Rolls-Royce has unveiled its Ghost Series II model at the ongoing Geneva international auto show. The new car has received subtle exterior and interior changes that do not dramatically alter the overall design of the brand.
The most apparent change to the exterior are the new headlights which get LEDs and are encircled by daytime running lights.
The bonnet gets a contour in the middle called the wake line which emanates from the Spirit of Ecstasy and goes all the way to the start of the windscreen adding a touch of dynamism. The bumper has been reworked and the air intakes have received a dash of chrome.
Inside, there is a neat Christmassy assortment of luxury, technology and connectivity. The hand-stitched leatherwork on the seats and dashboard takes over two weeks to complete, with nine hides required for each interior. The full-grain leather is pre-shrunk and drum-dyed to preserve colour and ensure longevity. Plus you can customise motiffs on the seats and interiors as per your liking.
On-board Wi-Fi, Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT), debuted in Wraith last year, updated navigation systems and car/user interface make this one of the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce.
It also gets Bespoke Audio as option and the company claims that it is the most exhaustively engineered and finest audio system in automotive history.
The rear passenger seats get a rotary controller in the centre with which you can access directions, the internet or music and even scribe letters onto the touchpad with a mere swipe of your finger. You can enter also navigation instructions or call up contacts simply by using your voice.
Satellite Aided Technology uses GPS data along with the navigation system to scan the road reacts before the driver and automatically chooses the right gear on the eight-speed transmission delivering power smoothly, without any unnecessary gear changes.
The Head Up Display projects driving information such as directions and the speed limit directly onto the windscreen, allowing you to concentrate on the road ahead.
The mechanicals remain unchanged, so the latest offering gets the tried and tested 6.6litre, twin-turbo-charged V12 from the outgoing model mated to a 8-speed ZF transmission.
Power figures have not been given out but we speculate that it should not change much from the current 571PS and 780Nm of torque figure.
ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS UNVEILS GHOST SERIES II TO THE WORLD AT 2014 GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
|Today at the 2014 Geneva Salon, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled Ghost Series II to the world. Ghost Series II delivers the latest industry-leading technology from Rolls-Royce clad in a subtle re-design. It exudes the timeless yet cool, modern luxury that the car’s customers – the Captains of Industry, entrepreneurs and successful business men and women who are the wealth and job creators in our economies – demand. The launch of Ghost Series II consolidates Ghost’s position as the most popular car in the €200,000+ class, and as a cornerstone of Rolls-Royce’s continuing success.
On unveiling Ghost Series II to a packed hall in Geneva’s Palexpo, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Torsten Müller-Ötvös said, “The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is the ultimate entrepreneur’s business tool. Following the worldwide success of its predecessor, I am confident that this re-designed and updated Rolls-Royce will continue to attract increasing numbers of new customers to the marque, in particular business entrepreneurs seeking an oasis of calm in a frenetic business world.”
Ghost Series II – design evolved
Protecting the popularity of Ghost’s iconic design whilst delivering the latest Rolls-Royce technology to its exacting customers, the subtle re-design of Ghost Series II begins from the front.
Re-sculpted LED headlights encircled by daytime running lights lend Ghost Series II a more dynamic visual signature and blend perfectly with revised surface treatments to the front of the car. A tapered ‘wake channel’ on the bonnet, emanating from the Spirit of Ecstasy, evokes the sight of a jet’s vapour trail or wake of a fast luxury yacht and hints at the car’s dynamism. Subtle re-sculpting of Ghost’s bumpers creates a stronger stance and a sense of extra width and height, whilst the contemporary aesthetic is further enhanced with the addition of chrome inserts to the front air intakes, which now feed more air cooling to the front brakes. In addition, the famous waft line has been re-designed on Ghost Series II to lean further forwards emphasising the car’s effortless dynamism.
“As a design statement, Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II continues to transcend time,” comments Giles Taylor, Director of Design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “This is ensured by the deft treatment of features such as the new headlights, the new wake channel on the bonnet and surfacing that lend the car a more dynamic, purposeful stance and hint at the cutting edge technology inside. I am very pleased with the overall sense of design harmony.”
Inside, Ghost Series II delivers on its outward appearance. The ultimate contemporary combination of luxury, technology and connectivity available to the successful entrepreneur on the move today, Ghost Series II’s onboard technology ensures it is an oasis of calm in a busy, connected world where he or she can do business in peace.
Its suite of technologies ensures that both business and leisure time in the car are a super-luxurious effortless experience. On-board Wi-Fi makes Ghost Series II the most connected, luxurious place in which to conduct business on the move, whilst Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT), debuted in Wraith last year, enhances the car’s dynamism – ensuring the car automatically adapts to its surroundings augmenting the drive experience. Updates to navigation systems and the car/user interface ensures accessing Ghost’s features remains an effortless experience, whilst optional Bespoke Audio – the most exhaustively engineered and finest audio system in automotive history – brings new levels of aural satisfaction to passengers.
In short, Ghost remains the ultimate choice for successful entrepreneurs around the world and the calmest place from which to run their successful enterprises on the move.