Starting January 31st, 2014 and running through February 18th, 2015 China will be in the Year of the Horse. According to the Chinese zodiac, each year is under the sign of a strong animal, and each repeats every 12 years, with the Horse bringing fortune and many changes in one’s life.
Of course, this has nothing to do with cars, but there are many people out there that govern their lives by the zodiac, especially in China, so it was expected that automakers would take this opportunity to rake in some extra profits.
Rolls Royce is one automaker that has no shame in producing special-edition models for events like this, and it did so with the new Ghost Majestic Horse Edition. This model will be built in limited quantities and will take inspiration from classical interpretations of the horse in traditional Chinese art.
Additionally, with 2014 is the first time in over 50 years that the element wood and the horse are marked together, the interior of the car will be all about wood.
There is no mention of performance upgrades, so we assume that this Ghost Majestic Horse Edition boasts the same 6,592 cc, V-12 engine with 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque.
Deliveries of the new Rolls-Royce Ghost Majestic Horse Edition will begin in the second quarter of 2014.
Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost Majestic Horse Edition.
A luxury limousine needs no explanation. For many buyers, is the only type of car on the market they will consider. Transporting themselves, family members and business colleagues in comfort and luxury is the name of the game.
It is much more than comfort for these affluent clients, or we would see American businessmen lapping up the Chevy Impala or Toyota Avalon like they do stock options in a venture capital-backed, start-up company.
No, for these buyers - it is either a professionally-driven car service or it must be the something extremely luxurious and "on brand." In other words, something these fancy folks think matches their lifestyle, clothing, accessories, vacation spots and what-have-you.
So, let’s talk big. A back seat so roomy that you can read the full newspaper and cross your legs. For that, it will take the size of the Audi A7 at minimum, and up to the Rolls-Royce Ghost LWB at maximum.
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When you choose a car to update, we are pretty certain that a Rolls-Royce wouldn’t be on the top of your list. It’s not because they are undesirable, but rather because they simply aren’t that easy to tune. However, Vorsteiner decided to give it a try and came up with a very interesting tuning kit for the Rolls Royce Ghost .
As with pretty much every other kit from Vorsteiner, this updated Ghost receives only aesthetic changes. No one should complain though, as the car’s standard performance figures are pretty impressive: a 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563 horsepower that sprints the car to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and pushes it to 155 mph.
The exterior kit is made from carbon fiber and, as usual, buyers can combine it with a set of VSE-002 Forged Wheels.
Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Ghost by Vorsteiner.
Out of the shadows of the Frankfurt Auto Show , British automaker Rolls-Royce took a surprising step, debuting a special one-off edition of the Ghost, not in Frankfurt, but in a different place, albeit one whose name also starts in the letter "F."
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The one-off Ghost is (officially) called the Chengdu Golden Sun Bird Edition, and Rolls-Royce designed and inspired by an ancient Chinese artifact that was discovered in 2001.
In case you don’t know what the Golden Sun Bird is, it’s described as a ring-shaped piece of foil that was made of nearly pure gold. Looking at the artifact, you’ll notice a pattern that consists of four birds, all flying in a counter-clockwise direction around the perimeter with what looks like a sun on the center.
Apparently, the artifact’s stature as a true treasure from Shang Dynasty was more than enough to compel Rolls-Royce to build a one-off model inspired by it. The exterior of the model carries a two-tone white and gold color, adding prestige and elements of exclusivity that should justify the name it carries. Subtle gold stripes running on the sides of the Ghost bear the same bird drawings of the Golden Sun Bird, yet another hat tip to the old relic. From there, the nine-spoke wheels was redesigned with a golden circle in the middle, enclosing the brand’s logo in the process.
The interior also gets the same posh upgrades and modifications, although a golden brown hue as chosen on the fancy leather upholstery and trim of the cabin. The center console on top of the A/C vents bear an image of the Golden Sun Bird, same with the headrests on the rear seats. Finally, a small golden plaque on the door sills was put in, with the plaque saying "Hand Built in Goodwood, England" and "Chengdu Golden Sun Bird, One of One" just below it.
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The Rolls Royce Ghost was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and since then, it received no major updates. However, it looks like parent company, BMW , has decided it is time for a small update. And when we say “small,” we really mean it.
As you can see, this prototype is wearing little camouflage and what it is wearing it only on the parts that are going to be updated. Expect to see new headlamps and a revised front bumper with a design inspired by the recently revealed Wraith. The exterior mirrors also seem to have received a new shape.
On the rear, the exhaust tailpipes are now hidden, giving it a cleaner look.
For the interior, Rolls Royce will offer an updated sat-nav and infotainment system.
We expect some smaller changes under the hood too, most likely in order to obtain more power and less CO2 emissions.
Click past the jump to read more on the revised Rolls Royce Ghost.
Back in 1913, four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts were writing history at the Austrian Alpine Trials - the most arduous test of automotive endurance at the time. The four cars managed to travel over 1,820 miles, proving once again that Rolls Royce was indeed developing the best cars in the world.
This year, as a celebration to the event’s centenary, Rolls Royce has prepared an Alpine Trial Centenary Collection that takes inspiration from the 1913 Alpine Trials cars. The first car to be unveiled will be a special Ghost and we are going to see it at Auto China 2013.
The new Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition is painted in the same blue used for James Radley’s Silver Ghost. The blue is be combined with a distinct black grille and wheels also inspired by the classic car .
The car’s cabin is also inspired by the Alpine Trials cars: the clock displays the stages of the rally and timings and it features a very nice "Alpine Trial Centenary" logo. As usual, each element of the interior is meticulously handcrafted by Rolls Royce engineers.
Automakers are getting more and more involved with charities each and every year, and now Rolls-Royce is chipping in. Rolls has unveiled the FAB1, which is a Ghost Extended Wheelbase that is slated to help raise £1 million ($1.53 million at the current exchange rates) for Breast Cancer Care by making this bespoke Rolls available for hire over the next 12 months.
This Ghost Extended Wheelbase features a pink body with a silver-satin-coated hood with the typical Spirit of Ecstasy on its nose. Inside is where the majority of the modifications come in to play, as it features pink highlights strewn throughout the Crème Light leather interior and pink breast cancer awareness ribbons hand embroidered onto the headrests.
On top of the bespoke items, this beautiful ride also includes the typical Rolls-Royce luxury items. These high-end features include: hand-veneered tables for the rear seats; a pair of 9.2-inch LCD screens; a champagne chiller box; a 600-watt, 16-speaker surround-sound system; and lamb wool floor mats.
Rolls-Royce makes no mention of the FAB1 being offered up for sale after its 12-month-long commission is completed. However, we’re pretty certain it will make its way to an auction block sometime next year with its proceeds benefiting the same FAB1 project.
Click past the jump to read more about the Roll-Royce Ghost and the press release regarding the FAB1 project
Rolls Royce has unveiled in Hong Kong the special-edition Ghost Extended Wheelbase Art Deco. The new Ghost Extended Wheelbase Art Deco Edition will be limited to only 35 units and will be offered exclusively for the Chinese market..
The model continues the tradition started by the cars like the Year of the Dragon Collection and will be offered in two different exterior colors: infinity black or arctic white. The two exterior colors will be combined with dual bespoke coach line and illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy.
For the interior, Rolls Royce will offer handcrafted Art Deco inlays, Olympia-inspired motifs on tread plates highlighting "China Limited Collection – One of Eight" and headrest embroidery. Customers will also get a black and white interior scheme featuring a choice of four seat piping colors taking inspiration from the color palette of the era.
Hit the jump to read Rolls Royce’s press release and to read more about the model.
Rolls Royce announced a new Ghost Firnas Motif Edition limited to only five units and offered exclusively through Abu Dhabi Motors dealer. It was built as a tribute to legendary Arab inventor Abbas Ibn Firnas - a man who attempted a glider flight using man-made wings and feathers.
The new Ghost Firnas Motif Edition "introduces subtle yet exotic features that encapsulate the true essence of Arab Andalusian culture." Its distinctive features include elements like a hand-painted twin-coachline, finished with the Firnas Logo, a personalized flight emblem placed on the control display, and in the embroidery on the front and rear headrests. There is also a personalized tread plate with a wing design and featuring a personalized message: "Firnas motif – one of five".
Under the hood, the model keeps the usual turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine that develops a total of 563 horsepower and a peak torque of 575 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.
Set to be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, Wald International’s Black Bison package comes with an extensive aerodynamic kit that features a host of new components, including a new front bumper, modified side skirts, and, a trunk-mounted spoiler that honestly looks out of place on the Ghost, and a far more aggressive rear fascia that incidentally comes with its own integrated diffuser. Wald also worked on lowering the suspension of the Luxury sedan while also equipping it with a new exhaust system and a new set of alloy wheels.
For the entire package, Wald has set a price of ¥1.3 million, or about $15,500 based on current exchange rates. Just like Wald’s program for the GT86, this one doesn’t carry any performance upgrades. But unlike the GT86, this is one aero program that just doesn’t fit in well with the esteem and class of the Ghost.