When it comes to luxury cars, no one does it better than Rolls Royce. With a rich tradition of comfort, power, stunning looks, and yes, a hefty price tag, Rolls Royce has done it again.
The Rolls Royce Ghost II. For Rolls Royce, this is their “entry level” into the prestigious luxury car line from Goodwood, England.
An upgraded version of the Ghost I, the Ghost II is for those who prefer to drive themselves. When compared to its bigger brother the Phantom, it’s:
- Smaller. Though still bigger than your average car at 212.6 inches long.
- Less stately. Still majestic looking though, after all, it was built for royalty.
- Cheaper. As I said, this is in comparison to the Rolls Royce Phantom. You still have to fork out a royal sum in the half a million region to own this majestic piece of machinery.
Why Buy The Rolls Royce Ghost II?
Well, because you can afford it. Why else? Oh, and for the sheer luxury, comfort and refined driving pleasure. If you want to spook people with its impressive appearance, go ahead. It is a ghost after all. All heads will turn in wonder at its out-of-this-world aura. Though it glides serenely, make no mistake, this car’s appearance makes a resounding statement.
The question becomes, “Why not buy the Rolls Royce Ghost II?”
Whats New (Or Not)?
At first glance, the Rolls Royce Ghost II looks like its predecessor – the Ghost I. There’s some logic behind the “subtle changes” as the manufacturer puts it. Billion dollar logic. The reason the upgraded Ghost II looks like the Ghost I is because the buyers of these pristine cars don’t want the cars to have major changes. The Rolls Royce must be a timeless piece of craftsmanship.
And it is.
To be honest, I don’t blame them. Who would want to spend upwards of half a million dollars for a car that will be out of fashion in a couple of years? Would you? Thought not.
So what’s new in the 2015 Rolls Royce Ghost II?
For one, the headlights have been given a fresh look. With new adaptive LEDs, the nose looks wider (and more muscular). The grille has been raised, making the Ghost appear taller and more massive (as if the Ghost I isn’t impressive enough). The next giveaway is the front bumper which has a new chrome finishing that helps supply the brakes with much needed cool air. As for the bonnet, it has been remodeled to include a subtle wake channel flowing behind the “Spirit of Ecstasy”.
To notice the changes inside the Ghost II, one must be a frequent purveyor of its luxurious interior to appreciate them. For more cozy conversations, the rear sits have been slightly angled so as to give the rear occupants a better angle to see each other from. Not forgetting the front seats (surely not, as this car was built to be owner-driven), Rolls Royce has made them more comfortable and adjustable than before.
As for the instrument panel, it is relatively untouched save for the iDrive system which has been improved, the addition of a WiFi hotspot, refined dashboard clock and dials and a revamped sound system.
The Rolls Royce Ghost II boasts the same 6.6L twin-turbocharged V12 engine with 563bhp, more than enough to easily move this 2.5-tonne behemoth from 0 – 60mph in 4.9 seconds. The 8-speed gearbox, on the other hand, has now been connected to the car’s GPS. This innovative system enables the transmission to “predict” gear changes depending on the terrain ahead, and adjust accordingly.
Handling and Drive
It’s a mammoth task to balance large wheels with low profile tires and a bulky car like the Ghost II and produce a comfortable and enjoyable ride. This is the genius of the Rolls Royce engineering team. The fluid movements of the Rolls Royce Ghost II are nothing short of a miracle.
With a thicker steering wheel and an upgraded steering configuration, the Ghost II gives better feedback as compared to the previous model.
Improved air struts and dynamic dampers give the Rolls Royce Ghost II a very smooth ride and superb handling unrivaled by any other luxury car in its category.
- Superb build quality and engineering.
- Power, gracefully executed.
- Sound system leaves a lot to be desired.
- A few features borrowed from BMW detract from the cars idiosyncratic claims.
The Reality of the Ghost
This Rolls Royce might be a ghost, but don’t be fooled. Everything in this car is as real as it gets. From the leather upholstery to the interior wood finishes, the creators of this car use only the best quality materials sourced from the most reputable sources on earth.
The Rolls Royce Ghost II is truly an imperial car for those who want (and deserve) the finest things in life.