Rolls Royce Two Tone Ghost 2012 Review
One of the main attractions at this year's Geneva Auto Show was the Rolls Royce Ghost 2012, the next generation of the luxurious sedan which first debuted back in 2009. Although the 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost undergone many changes in order to satisfy even the most demanding client, Rolls Royce has gone one step further and unveiled the Rolls Royce two-tone Ghost, which as the name suggests, comes in a two-tone paint job and that little extra which separates it further from the average luxurious sedan.
Underneath the thick layer of luxury resides the chassis of a BMW 7-series upon which the Ghost has been built. The wheelbase of the 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost is 5,400 mm and the entire car weights roughly 5,000 lbs.
Although initial reports indicated that the 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost will feature a BMW 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 engine, the model exhibited at the Geneva Auto Show packed a new turbocharged V12 engine which supposedly was built based on the BMW V8 engine. The new beefed up 6.6 liter engine is able to develop 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. The transmission consists in an eight-speed automatic gearbox which sends the power to the back wheels, and the result is a two ton Rolls Royce able to go from 0 to 60mph in just 4.7 seconds and reach the top speed of 155 mph. No doubt it could do more than that, but the Rolls Royce Ghost 2012 has been electronically limited to 155 mph.
Now, focusing on the difference between the Ghost and the two-tone Ghost, the later one comes with a unique two-tone color scheme, and although the model exhibited at the Geneva Auto Show came with an Infinity Black and Cassiopeia Silver color scheme, a two-tone Rolls Royce featuring Baynunah Brown finishing, with Arizona Sun on top has been recently sold in the Middle East.
Furthermore, the two-tone Rolls Royce Ghost 2012 manages to differentiate itself on the interior as well, the model exhibited at Geneva offering lambswool floor mats, seashell headlining complemented by black leather frames with black stained ash veneer featuring handcrafted steel pinstripes.
Overall, the two-tone Rolls Royce Ghost 2012 is a masterpiece and a display of both power and luxury. The two-tone Rolls Royce Ghost mixes the two perfectly. It offers a sumptuous design complemented by a sporty 6.6 V12 engine underneath.
While the launch of Phantom Series II has been making headlines centre stage at the Geneva motor show, a very special Rolls-Royce Ghost has also been winning admirers in the company’s exclusive on-stand guest lounge. Clients, dealers and media guests have been delighted by the presentation of one of the first examples of a two-tone Rolls-Royce Ghost, a bespoke option offered for the first time this year, complementing the popularity of two-tone Phantom models.
Finished in Infinity Black, with a Cassiopeia Silver upper two-tone, the Geneva Ghost features an interior design scheme that perfectly reflects the two-tone theme. Seashell headlining and sumptuous black leather frames black stained ash veneer into which steel pinstripes have been carefully crafted. The final luxury touch is lambswool floor mats into which feet are easily lost at the end of a hard day walking the Geneva halls.
“Whether Ghost or Phantom, any Rolls-Royce is a work of art, taking its place in our clients’ luxury collections alongside yachts, helicopters and fine jewellery,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “So I am delighted that we are now able to offer two-tone options for Ghost as well as for Phantom, features that once again extend the palette upon which a Rolls-Royce masterpiece can be painted.”
A second upper two-tone Rolls-Royce Ghost has recently been commissioned for delivery to a client based in the Middle East. This striking colour scheme starts with Baynunah Brown, with Arizona Sun bathing the car’s bonnet, window surrounds, roof and luggage compartment. A gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy and double coach-line in gold finish the design.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated a record sales result in 2011 with 3,538 models delivered to clients worldwide, beating the previous sales record held in 1978 when 3,347 units were sold, a period during which Rolls-Royce was under different ownership. 2011 also marked a record for the Rolls-Royce Bespoke personalisation programme, a service with Rolls-Royce’s legendary hand-craftsmanship and attention to detail at its core. Nearly every Phantom family model leaving the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood came with some element of bespoke personalisation, from unique paint colours, interior detailing and embroidery, to exquisite whole vehicle designs including champagne sets, humidors and picnic sets.