British luxury carmaker Rolls-Royce just launched the Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge in India.
One of the most popular series, the Rolls-Royce Ghost series is regarded as one of the best and most luxurious cars ever and its domestic debut was eagerly awaited. Since its debut, the Ghost series has only multiplied with new and improved versions making their way. The latest version, Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge which made its global debut in November 2021, has finally entered India.
Introduced in 2016, Black Badge is a special trim for some of Rolls Royce’s bestsellers including Wraith and Ghost (2016), Dawn (2017) and Cullinan (2019). The exclusive trim presents the luxury models with a darker aesthetic, dramatic features and powerful torque.
Rolls Royce is known to use one of the darkest shades of black for its Black Badge range. For the new Ghost Black Badge, the brand uses almost 45kg of black paint. Next, two layers of clear coat are added before being hand-polished to produce the marque’s signature high-gloss piano finish.
Complementing the dramatic colours, the Spirit of Ecstasy and Pantheon Grille are given a dark, mirror-black chrome finish.
The car is fitted with bespoke 21-inch wheels made with 44 layers of carbon fibre and a 3D-forged aluminium hub which ensures that the Double R monogram always remains upright. A light, tinted lacquer protects the finish while adding a tinge of colour to the exterior.
The new Ghost Black Badge is fitted with the standard 6.75-litre V12 engine but expanded to produce 600hp of power and 900Nm of torque. This is an extra 29hp of power and 50Nm of torque compared to the standard Ghost model.
Additionally, an eight-speed ZF gearbox works collaboratively with the front and rear-steered axles to adjust the levels of feedback to the driver, depending on throttle and steering inputs.
The ‘Low’ mode in the gearbox subtly amplifies the exhaust system while increasing the gear shifting speed by 50 per cent when the throttle position is beyond 90 per cent.
The interiors of the new Ghost Black Badge feature an opulent contrasting theme. True to Ghost’s Post Opulent design philosophy, multiple wood layers are pressed onto the interior. Black Bolivar veneer is followed by resin-coated carbon and contrasting metal-coated thread, adding a 3D effect.
Located on the passenger side of the dashboard, Illuminated Fascia is Rolls Royce’s new bespoke innovation which displays an ethereal glowing Lemniscate (infinity) shape. It is surrounded by more than 850 stars, illuminated via 152 LEDs which colour-coordinate with the cabin’s clock and instrument dial lighting.
A 2mm-thick light guide featuring more than 90,000 laser-etched dots ensures that the Lemniscate is evenly lit while creating a twinkling effect.
While the exact price of the Ghost Black Badge is yet to be revealed, experts estimate it to start at ₹13 crore going up the price scale with added options.