The facelift Rolls-Royce introduced for the Ghost in 2014 might not have been as extensive as some would’ve liked, but the Brits did their best to counter that by launching a bevy of limited-edition models crafted by its Bespoke arm. From the China-exclusive Special Edition with its panda bear head rests to the flashy Suhail Collection and its cosmic influences, the Ghost received some of the finest materials and most exquisite paint jobs that can be had on a modern-day Rolls-Royce. Come 2015, and the luxury marque rolled out yet another Bespoke model, this time paying homage to Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the 18th century Mysore, a kingdom of Southern India founded in 1399 and disestablished in 1950.

Dubbed the Mysore Collection, the limited-edition Ghost matches its Bespoke siblings in terms of chutzpah and luxury, while sporting an array of unique features, as well as symbols that will remind customers that their rigs were crafted with one of Asia’s greatest kingdoms in mind.

Continue reading to find out more about the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection.

  • 2015 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    5.7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    500000 (Est.)
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Exterior

2015 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection Exterior
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Much like any other Rolls-Royce Ghost that received Bespoke treatment, the Mysore boasts a two-tone custom paint job complemented by a unique coachline. In this case, the exterior is finished in a striking combination of metallic blue and silver, while the orange coachline includes a stylized, white-and-green peacock. The peacock, which is the national bird of India, was first seen on the Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe, showcased in November 2014.

For this limited-edition model, Rolls-Royce used the long-wheelbase version of the Ghost, as well as massive, two-tone rims for a commanding appearance. Needless to say, the Ghost Mysore’s exterior is far more appealing when compared to the Moonstone Pearl-painted Suhail collection, also part of limited-edition series.

Interior

2015 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection Interior
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The two-tone theme continues inside, where Rolls-Royce combined white leather upholstery with blue, soft carpets and light-colored wood. The wood adorns most of the dashboard, which also features a peacock, as well as the center console, the door panels, and the rear-seat armrest. Making the Ghost Mysore even more unique are the tiger heads embroidered on each of the headrests. The tigers, also a national symbol of India, are a reference to Tipu Sultan’s famous quote: "In this world I would rather live two days like a tiger, than two hundred years like a sheep." Rounding off the Ghosts interior are Mysore-branded door sills featuring the trademark peacock and "One of Three" lettering.

Drivetrain

2015 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection Exterior
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Since the brand’s Bespoke division doesn’t meddle with drivetrains, the Mysore comes with the Ghost’s standard 6.6-liter V-12 engine. That’s far from disappointing though, as the powerplant cranks out a massive 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet, sending it to the pavement through an eight-speed automatic developed by ZF. The combo enables the Ghost to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds, making this large and heavy rig quicker than many sports cars. Top speed is limited at 155 mph.

Prices

2015 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection Exterior
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As usual, Rolls-Royce did not disclose official pricing information for this Bespoke-crafted limousine, but it’s safe to assume customers will have to pay a significant premium over the Ghost’s $250,000 sticker. Although this vehicle pays homage to an Indian ruler from the 18th century, all three units of the Mysore will be sold in Abu Dhabi. The brand explains this by saying Mysore also refers to wealth and power in Arabic.

Competition

Bentley Mulsanne Majestic

2015 Bentley Mulsanne Majestic Exterior
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The Ghost’s main competitor in this luxurious segment comes from Britain as well. Introduced in 2009 as a successor to the Arnage, the Flying Spur received a mild equipment upgrade for 2013 and awaits a much-needed facelift for 2016. For now, the Mulsanne carries over with its 6.75-liter V-8 engine which churns 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque. The Bentley uses the same ZF-built, eight-speed automatic transmission as the Ghost and needs 5.1 seconds to hit 60 mph. While nearly a half-second slower than the Rolls, the Mulsanne comes with a significantly higher top speed, set at 184 mph.

While the standard Mulsanne is luxurious enough as it is, Bentley used the nameplate for a number of bespoke limited-edition models, mostly aimed at markets from the Middle-East. The most recent special-edition Mulsanne to come from Crewe is the Mulsanne Majestic, which features a bespoke exterior paint and exclusive 21-inch wheels, as well as additional luxury amenities inside the cabin. Various options enable customers to make their versions unique, while the restricted production figures — only 15 will be built — make it one of the most exclusive luxury vehicles available for 2015. Much like the Ghost Mysore, the Mulsanne Majestic is only available in the Middle-East, with availability limited to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Pricing is not available as of 02/23/2015, but the full-size sedan is expected to cost in excess of $350,000.

Conclusion

2015 Rolls-Royce Bespoke Ghost Mysore Collection Interior
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2014 was arguably the most important year for Rolls-Royce’s customizing division, and it seems there’s more to come starting 2015. Yeah, the Mysore package might not be available across the entire lineup like the recently showcased Suhail collection is, but that only makes it more exclusive. What’s more, the fact that it pays homage to a country which has been one of the company’s most important markets in the first half of the 20th century speaks volumes of Rolls-Royce’s emphasis on heritage and historic markets. Too bad the Ghost Mysore is only available in Abu Dhabi.

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    • Very few can afford it
    • Sold in Abu Dhabi only

Source: Rolls Royce

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