For those days when your lighter, brighter cars just aren’t matching your mood, Rolls-Royce offers you the Black Badge. Since 2016 Rolls has offered Black Badge versions of the Wraith coupe, Dawn convertible, and the Cullinan crossover. To that list you can now add the “entry0-level” Ghost.
While Rolls-Royce clients can theoretically choose any of the 44,000 colors available when customizing their Rollers, the overwhelming majority choose black. It’s not just any black, though; Rolls says it’s the industry’s darkest black—so dark that it weighs 100 pounds.
To counter that added curb weight, the car’s already significant 6.75-liter V12 gets a 29-hp boost to 664 hp and 37 lb-ft push to 591. The car’s “Low” button on the gearshift increases shift speed by 50 percent. Throttle response is likewise more immediate. Brakes bite quicker, too, with brake engagement chomping down at the top of pedal travel.
The aluminum spaceframe “Architecture of Luxury” chassis of the new Ghost Black Badge is “re-engineered for more urgent performance.” That means larger air shocks that more quickly and completely counter body roll in the Rolls.
Inside, the noir approach includes a unique weave of fabric, black bolivar veneer under “technical fiber layers,” in wording so opaque that only the wealthiest clients can tell what the heck Rolls is talking about. In back is the infinity symbol (as opposed to Infiniti, the luxury division of Nissan!).
Cost of all this luxurious lack of luminescence? A bargain at only $43,000 above the entry-level Ghost. They’re taking orders now.
Share your thoughts on how this all-black scheme plays on Rolls-Royce Ghost in the comments below. And happy Halloween!
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