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2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II


The last time we saw a Rolls-Royce Series II model was in 2012, when the luxury car builder released the Phantom Series II a full nine years after the Phantom debuted in 2003. With that timeframe as a point of reference, we would not expect to see a Ghost Series II until about 2019 or 2020.

Well, prepare to be surprised, as Rolls-Royce has revealed the Ghost Series II at the Geneva Auto Show . But just like I said earlier, the revisions are pretty minor relative to more mainstream automakers.

Then again, Rolls-Royce is not your "typical" automaker, as it finds a nice place and doesn’t change much until things get completely stale. Actually, the changes that Rolls Royce made are fairly extensive for a Series II model, so we can;t say that we’re upset with the new Ghost.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.

Exterior

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

Ghost Series II gets reshaped LED headlights, which thankfully rids the Ghost of the odd bags-under-the-eyes look

As expected, the Series II Ghost is little more than a refresh, but Rolls sees this minor update as a complete overhaul. The biggest differences are up front, where the new Ghost Series II gets reshaped LED headlights, which thankfully rids the Ghost of the odd bags-under-the-eyes look that it’s always had. The only downside to these new headlights is that they are a little too Chrysler 300-like (see comparison image below.

2014 Chrysler 300 headlight vs 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II headlight

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

Also new on the Series II is a tapered "wake channel" on the hood that give the Spirit of Ecstasy emblem a feeling of motion. Rolls changed up the bumpers in order to make the new Ghost look larger than it actually is and give it a more dynamic stance.

In the Apron, the Ghost II gets new chrome on the enlarged from air intakes, which help cool off the brakes more effectively. Finally, Rolls leaned the Ghost II’s waft lines forward slightly, but the change is very (and I mean very) subtle.

As is typical, the Ghost Series II comes in a standard wheelbase (SWB) and extended wheelbase (EWB), with the latter gaining and extra 6.7 inches in wheelbase length and an extra 6.6 inches in body length.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II vs. Rolls-Royce Ghost

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
Trim SWB EWB
Wheelbase3,295 MM (129.7 In)3,465 MM (136.4 In.)
Length5,399 MM (212.6 In)5,569 MM (219.2 In.)
Width1,948 MM (76.7 In)1,948 MM (76.7 In.)
Height1,550 MM (61 In)1,550 MM (61 In.)
Weight2,360 KG (5,203 LB)2,420 KG (5,335 LB)

Interior

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

On the inside, the Ghost Series II is the same over-the-top-luxurious rig that it has always been. Rolls let us know that it will feature the type of technology you’d expect from a car in this class, like onboard Wi-Fi, navigation with an updated interface for ease of use and an optional Bespoke Audio system that is sure to give your ears quite the treat.

The Ghost Series II’s cabin, like the exterior, received minor updates to set it apart. These changes kick off with the addition of the Spirit of Ecstasy rotary controller touchpad allows the passenger or driver to scroll through features without leaving unsightly fingerprints on the beautiful screen. It also recognized smartphone-like input and letters drawn with your finger in English, Latin, Arabic and Mandarin.

Rolls redesigned the seats, and they include adjustable thigh supports for optimal comfort. The rear seats were also revised, and offer lounge-seat-like comfort for doing business or just hanging out.

Rounding out the interior enhancements are revised dials and clock with polished-metal chaplets and matte-chrome inserts, and Paldao or Walnut Burr Crossband veneers.

Drivetrain and Chassis

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

Again, just as I predicted, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II carries the same 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine as last year’s model that puts down 562

This combo rockets this massive sedan to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds up to its electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates to a ZF-sourced eight-speed auto transmission that comes with Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses the navigation system to predict the driving conditions and adapt the shift points accordingly.

This combo rockets this massive sedan to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds up to its electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

On the suspension side of things, Rolls added in revised front and rear struts the help the big sedan in the corners, and a new steering gear for quicker response. Optionally, buyers can add in the Dynamic Driving Package that allows for increased cornering capabilities via adjustable dampers.

Finally, hydraulic rear axle bearings help to further reduce NVH levels inside the cabin.

Type 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo
Horsepower 562 HP @ 5250 RPM
Torque 575 LBS-FT @1500 RPM
Transmission ZF 8-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph4.7 seconds (4.8 Sec EWB)
Top Speed (electronically limited)155 MPH
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)13 / 29 / 20

Prices

There are no prices available yet for the new Ghost, but I’m sure we’ll get them soon.

Competitors

Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley Continental Flying Spur

For 2014, the Flying Spur gets a redesign much like the Ghost just received — an evolution, not revolution. This new model received a lightly updated front fascia and a new rear look, thank to all-new taillights.

Under its hood, the Bentley features a turbocharged, 6.0-liter W-12 that is tuned to 616 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque — a 16-horsepower and 37 pound-feet increase over the 2013 model. This is enough to launch the Bentley to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, which is far quicker than the Rolls.

Pricing is set at $205,825, but does that really matter at this point?

Audi A8L W12

Audi A8 L W12

The Audi A8L W12 is the pinnacle of the German automaker’s lineup, and is a great alternative to the pricey Ghost Series II. With 500 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque coming from its 6.3-liter, W-12 engine, the massive A8L can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

On top of being one hell of a performer, the A8L also features all the luxury one could want from a large sedan.

The A8L checks in at $138,895 in 2014.

Mercedes-Benz S550

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The Benz S550 is not as premium of a car as the A8L or the RR Ghost Series II, but it is a far-cheaper alternative at just $93,825. With 449 ponies and 516 pound-feet of torque coming from its 4.7-liter V-8, the big Benz can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds.

History

Rolls Royce Ghost

In 2010, the Rolls-Royce Ghost debuted as the super-luxury automaker’s "entry-level" car and drew its name from the Silver Ghosts of the early 1900s. It rolled out of Goodwood atop the same platform as the BMW 760Li, but only 20 percent of its components are the same as you’d find on the Bimmer.

Rolls borrowed BMW’s V-12 engine and increased its displacement to 6.6-liters, giving the big sedan 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of twist.

Since its debut, the Ghost has remained relatively unchanged, but that all changes at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.

Conclusion

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

When compared to most cars, this is little more than a light refresh for the Ghost. For Rolls Royce, which rarely ever breaks it mold when revising a car, this is a full overhaul for the Ghost. The luxury automaker took what was already great and pushed it up on more slot, and I love it. The best part is the elimination of those ridiculous headlights that really never sat well with me.

LOVE IT
  • Even more luxury than before
  • Revised suspension and rear end
  • So long to the droopy headlights
LEAVE IT
  • Very light revision
  • Nothing new under the hood

Press Release

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.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

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.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

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.”

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

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.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

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.



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