The culmination of all things Ghost proves Rolls-Royce still has no peer

The Rolls-Royce Ghost has proudly carried the Spirit of Ecstasy for the better part of 10 years. It’s had an eventful and remarkable run, but like all good things, the first-generation Ghost’s time has come. Retirement beckons for Rolls’ stately sedan, but before it’s made official, Rolls-Royce is deservedly honoring the first-generation Ghost with a final special edition model called the Zenith Collection. Like all things Rolls-Royce, the Ghost Zenith Collection will be limited to just 50 units. More importantly, all 50 units are inspired by a pair of models that helped shape the Ghost in their unique ways: the 1907 Silver Ghost and the 2008 “200EX” Concept Car that ultimately served as the foundation from which the first-generation Ghost sprung to life. Rolls-Royce did not disclose the price tag of each of the 50 Ghost Zenith Collection models. That said, if you want one, you’ll need to take the initiative because, according to Rolls, “order books for this seminal Collection will close imminently.”

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Should we be surprised that Rolls-Royce is rolling out the red carpet for the soon-to-depart first-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost? This is, after all, the same automaker that gave the seventh-generation Phantom a similar treatment back in 2016. We all remember the Phantom Zenith Collection, a lineup of super exclusive Phantom Coupés and Phantom Drophead Coupés that included, among other things a Bespoke Picnic Hamper. Yes, the embodiment of Rolls-Royce luxury came with a picnic hamper. Mind you, those hampers weren’t the typical ones you’d normally find at Walmart or Target.

Each one of those hampers came in a choice of three color combinations — Ardent Red, Navy Blue-Arctic White, or Black Anthracite — and were handcrafted from American Walnut wood and natural grain leather.

As far as I can tell, none of the 50 units of the Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection comes with a bespoke picnic hamper. That’s OK. It’s not like those who buy any of these units will actively look for one, especially when they see all the things that Rolls-Royce did add to make these 50 Ghost units worthy of the Zenith Collection label.

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Let’s start inside, where would-be patrons have a choice of three different color choices for the Ghost’s body. The Premier Silver with Arctic White color is the classiest-looking of the three while the Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White combo is stunning in its own right. But I’m rolling with the Bohemian Red with Black Diamond finish. It’s too beautiful for words. I love the metallic finish on the Bohemian Red shade and the Black Diamond hood adds a touch of classy confidence to its overall profile. You roll around town in this particular version of the Ghost Zenith Collection and people will not just notice you, but they’re just as likely to take out their smartphones and take photos of the car for their Instagram.

The exterior of the Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection is one of the car’s main attractions. But it pales in comparison to the surprises — there are a lot of them — Rolls-Royce has when it comes to the interior of these cars. As soon as you open the doors, it’s impossible not to notice the illuminated door pockets and the design craftsmanship that went into incorporating wood, piano finished veneer, or Technical carbon fiber into the surface area of the doors. Mind you, we’re just talking about the doors. We haven’t gotten to the actual cabin yet.

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The seats in the Ghost Zenith Collection are not only dressed to the elevens, but they also tell stories of Rolls’ own history as a purveyor of some of the most luxurious cars to hit the market.

Take the rear seats, for example, featuring embroidery that’s inspired from the seat details found in the OG 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The embroidery stretches all the way from the rear to the front of the cabin, as if Rolls is using it to celebrate the long history of the Ghost nameplate. It says a lot about Rolls-Royce’s penchant for the super luxurious when we talk about the contrasting leather seats in passing. There are three colorways available and don’t worry about picking one over the other two. All three colorways — Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White, Premiere Silver with Arctic White, or Bohemian Red with Black Diamond — are appealing in their own ways. The Bohemian Red with Black Diamond colorway is my personal choice. It doesn’t scream class and elegance, but only Rolls-Royce can pull off this kind of color scheme with all the other features it’s offering as part of the Ghost Zenith Collection.

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Speaking of other “features,” it’s hard to not to notice the Ghost Zenith Collection’s headliner, particularly standard-wheelbase models of the Ghost. Now, Rolls Royce’s headliners are famous in the business, but the British automaker took things to another level with a unique Shooting Star configuration that’s made up of 1,340 individually mapped and hand-woven fiber optic lights.

This isn’t just a case of optic lights lighting up randomly; there are actually “shooting stars” that fire randomly across the cabin roof, creating the kind of luxury theater that only an automaker like Rolls-Royce can provide.

Seriously, find me another company that can turn your headliner into the night sky, complete with streaking shooting stars. Extraordinary.

In the event that you buy the extended-wheelbase version of the Ghost Zenith Collection, the shooting star headliner gives way to a poised silhouette of the Spirit of the Ecstasy. It’s not as theoretical as the shooting star headliner, but it’s no less classy and elegant.

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The Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection is powered by a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine that produces 563 horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque. All that power courses through an eight-speed automatic transmission, which, in turn, sends it to the two rear wheels.

It only takes 4.7 seconds for the Rolls-Royce Ghost to sprint from 0 to 60 mph.

Expect all versions of the Ghost Zenith Collection to have similar performance capabilities since none of these models are equipped with any upgrades to their respective V-12 powertrains. The top speed of all Rolls-Royce Ghost models is capped at 155 mph.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection specifications
Type 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo
Horsepower 563 HP @ 5250 RPM
Torque 605 LBS-FT @1500 RPM
Transmission ZF 8-speed automatic
0 to 60 mph 4.7 seconds
Top Speed (electronically limited) 155 MPH
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Rolls-Royce has yet to announce pricing details for the Ghost Zenith Collection.

You should know that the standard Rolls-Royce Ghost II starts at around $320,000.

Considering the limited and exclusive nature of the Ghost Zenith Collection, you need to prepare yourselves to spend a lot more than $320,000 for any of the 50 units of the Ghost Zenith Collection. You could be on the hook for a model for around $360,000. It’s a steep price, sure, but with what you’re getting out of it, it’s hard to imagine this not being a good deal for your hard-earned money. Plus, the second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is on its way out. Which means this could be your last chance at owning an exclusive, limited-run version of Rolls’ all-around luxury sedan/limousine.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Rolls Royce Ghost.

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