Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and in the case of one enterprising dealer from Southern California, that imitation involves commissioning Rolls-Royce to build themselves a limited number of Rolls-Royce Ghost EWB Year of the Dragon Edition models.
In late 2011, Rolls-Royce celebrated the Year of the Dragon by releasing a limited edition Phantom exclusive to China that promptly sold out in a little less than two months. With the demand for the car stretching internationally, Rusnak Rolls-Royce has taken the ingenious step of commissioning the special edition Ghost Year of the Dragon, complete with all the custom embroidery work and gold-painted dragons found on the limited edition Phantom.
The luxury limo will also be powered by a 6.6 liter twin turbocharged V12 engine that delivers a total of 563 horsepower and 575 lbs/ft of torque with a 0-60 mph time of just five seconds, despite carrying the extra dimensions.
Rusnak Rolls-Royce will be the only dealership in the world selling the Ghost EWB Year of the Dragon, which pretty much puts these guys in some rarified territory of having to deal with all the customer demand for the limited run British luxury car.
Here’s to hoping that they’ve got the personnel to handle all the incoming calls.
Out of the enormous shadows of the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, Italian tuner Fenice Milano is preparing a sick program for the Rolls-Royce Ghost. And if there’s one thing we know about these dudes, the word "bland" is not part of their vocabulary.
Fenice Milano actually dropped the renderings for this particular Ghost called "Paris Purple" with the intent of getting somebody to dig into their pockets and order the custom luxury car. And now that a "very exclusive client" has given the green light to have it ordered, Fenice Milano is set to work on what can only be described as a pretty radical Ghost.
The unique purple paint finish is the first of many eye-catching things you’ll notice on the car, hence the name "Paris Purple." The car is also set to carry carbon wheel rims and 24-karat gold on the bonnet, the window frames, the radiator cowling, and the exhaust pipes. Yep, 24-karat gold on a car. That’s just how Fenice Milano rolls.
And, by the way, that’s just the exterior of the car. Inside, the Ghost also gets a significant make-over, thanks to plenty of leather, carbon, and gold details that we expect will be just as extravagant as that outside.
So who exactly is the celebrity that signed off on this project? Fenice Milano is keeping that a secret for now, but rest assured, we’ll find out who it is sooner rather than later.
While the entire Rolls Royce Phantom line-up has been refreshed for the Geneva Motor Show, the other model in the company’s line-up - the Ghost - has just received a series of two special editions. The two editions are offering a two-tone color combination - a first for the Ghost - a decision that has been inspired by the popularity of two-tone Phantom models.
The first version is has been painted in Infinity Black, with a Cassiopeia Silver upper two-tone. The interior is featuring the same two-tone theme: seashell headlining and sumptuous black leather frames black stained ash veneer into which steel pinstripes have been carefully crafted. And as a final touch Rolls Royce has also added lambswool floor mats that will help you relax your feet.
The second version has been built for a client in Middle East - and you may have expected is a little bit more wild. It combines Baynunah Brown, with Arizona Sun for the ca’’s bonnet, window surrounds, roof and luggage compartment. A gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy and double coach-line in gold finish the design.
Tuner extraordinaire, Vorsteiner, recently prepared a program for the Bentley Continental GT , leading some people to think that the tuner was favoring Bentley in the luxury car market. Well, you can put all those "bias" questions aside because they’ve come back with a separate program for the Continental’s chief nemesis, the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
We certainly have no objections to Vorsteiner’s interest in these two British luxury cars, especially when they have developed a package that maintains the Ghost’s luxury style while also adding functionality to compliment the car’s impressive performance credentials.
For starters, the front end of the Ghost was given a new add-on spoiler to go with a replaceable GT center chin splitter. The changes look subtle aesthetically, but it does add a touch of sportiness to the car’s front profile. From there, Vorsteiner also added new side skirts and blade attachments, as well as integrating wing elements that further add even more aerodynamic enhancements through additional downforce. Over at the rear, you’ll find a new carbon fiber rear deckled spoiler, as well as an add-on rear diffuser, which incidentally, comes with integrated aero fins. All these materials are made of Autoclave pre-preg carbon fiber technology, ensuring that whatever Vorsteiner puts in the Ghost is as strong and durable as any material in the market.
Rounding out all the changes are a new set of 24" 3-piece Forged Aluminum Wheels with factory floating center cap adapters that can be added as an option to the Vorsteiner’s aero package.
Rolls Royce announced its bespoke personalization program at the beginning of 2010 and by August 2011, the company had to expand their operations to meet growing demand. Out of all the Ghost models sold in 2011, 56% were bespoke models, so Rolls Royce doubled the number of bespoke experts working at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood.
As if they needed the extra push to market the bespoke program, Rolls Royce has released two customized Ghost models to illustrate what the program can do with their unique paint colors, coach lines, and tread plates. The customized Ghost models come in Rose Quartz with a Gunmetal metallic hood and Matte Black. Both of them are combined with unique features on the interior, like full natural leather, black carbon fiber veneers, a cupholder lid, and steering wheel spokes.
"It is always our goal to exceed our clients’ highest expectations and fulfill their innermost desires," said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO. "With highly bespoke Phantom and Ghost models, we are able to achieve this. The passion with which our bespoke craftspeople create these beautiful cars is reflected in some truly outstanding examples delivered across the globe last year."
Rolls Royce has made history with the unveiling of the new Ghost Extended Wheelbase at the Shanghai Auto Show. This is the first time the company has chosen China as a world debut venue, setting aside any doubts that the country is moving on up in the automotive segment. Upon unveiling the new car, CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said, "This latest Rolls-Royce is a model of outstanding design and unrivaled luxury. Ghost Extended Wheelbase delivers all the poise and dynamism enjoyed by discerning Ghost owners, with the indulgent experience of an extended wheelbase car. It is the very best of both worlds."
Compared to a standard Ghost model, the new Extended Wheelbase version features a 170 mm increase in its wheelbase. This extension is also evident in the back seat where the wheelbase enlargement has led to an increase in the rear cabin space. The new version has also received a panoramic sunroof.
Under the hood, Rolls Royce has kept the usual 6.6 liter twin turbo charged V12 engine that delivers a total of 563hp and 575 lbs-ft of torque at just 1,500rpm. The extra dimension hasn’t diminished the rate the Ghost sprints to 60 mph, so expect the same five seconds time.
The new Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase will be available in only limited numbers for 2011 until full production begins in 2012.
When Mansory unveiled their tuning package for the Rolls Royce Ghost , no one was really impressed by the color they chose for the car’s exterior. Well, we guess Notre Dame fans were jumping at the chance to sit behind the wheel of the blue and gold spectacle, but we’d wager that the majority of the seeing public would rather feast their eyes on this pure white masterpiece.
This exquisite Rolls Royce Ghost was created upon request of an unknown customer who seems to have unbelievable taste. As part of the tuning package, the tuner added a new Vellano VTR extended lip by MC Customs, Miami and a new set of 24" wheels. As a reminder, Mansory’s original package included a new front skirt, a modified radiator grill insert, and 22" wheels. The interior combined delicate leather with diamond-quilted ornaments. Next to the exterior changes, Mansory also offered enlarged bi-turbo chargers, an ECU optimization, sports manifold, and the sports catalysers. These features added up to an impressive 720 hp and 780 NM of torque. As a result the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4.4 seconds and top speed goes up to 192 mph.
They may have started off with a nice package, but these add-ons have turned the previously tuned Rolls Royce into the perfect limousine seen here.
When it comes to models such as the Rolls Royce Ghost , there’s not much that can be done to improve them. The Ghost is gorgeously elegant and, if someone were to take their chances and provide some modifications, they’d more than likely end up with a disaster such the as Ghost Diva by Fenice Milano . Fortunately for Platinum Motorsport, their tuning kit for the luxury coupe actually accentuates the vehicle’s elegance instead of downplaying it to a ridiculous level. We believe their success is attributed to the fact that very few changes were made.
And when we say few, we mean one. Yes, the only change brought to the Ghost by the American tuner is the new set of 22" Agetro V500 wheels painted in matte black. Of course, you can’t expect much else from a tuner that specializes in developing special wheels for special cars. At least they painted the Ghost in a matching matte black exterior paint.
The Rolls Royce Ghost’s 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine remains untouched, so it will still power out with 563bhp and 780 NM of torque.
While Mansory managed to create a real masterpiece from the Rolls Royce Ghost , the guys from the Italian tuner Fenice Milano created a car that is anything else but an elegant car. We say elegant because in general models coming from Italy are defined by elegance and style.
Their program is called "Diva" and will be available in three colors: navy, bronze, and white (with 24k gold flakes). The interior will get biscuit leather and 24k gold throughout, optional Alcantara inserts for the more ergonomically-designed seats, and wood trim.
However, they did not announced how this new package will improve the engine’s output.
Reminder: The 2010 Ghost will be powered by a 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563bhp and 780 NM of torque (most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced). This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and to hit a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph.
Don’t look now, but the recent success the Rolls Royce Ghost has had in the market this year already has company executives thinking expansion. And by expansion, we mean, building new derivatives of the Ghost model line.
The Ghost, the Rolls Royce Phantom ’s little yet equally luxurious brother has become a huge sales boon for the BMW -owned luxury car this year with sales already hitting record numbers – since BMW took over – at 1,467 units through August. That number alone has already surpassed the total sales numbers of 1,002 units sold in 2009.
In an interview done at the company headquarters in Goodwood, England, Rolls Royce Chief Executive Officer Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes noted that with the success of the model there remains a possibility of seeing a Ghost derivative down the road. “I’m quite confident that we’re going to see a Ghost derivative to come,” he said.
“There’s still a lot of potential in the market” for a less formal Rolls model.”
This year, Rolls Royce has set the bar for 2,000 units sold, and with the way things are going right now for the company’s smaller luxury ride, the 2,000 benchmark looks to be easily reachable.