Rolls-Royce Unveils Its Latest And Purest Black Badge Ghost

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost

This is Rolls-Royce’s latest Black Badge Ghost – the purest Black Badge motor car in the marque’s luxurious automotive history…

It was back in 2016 when Rolls-Royce debuted their Black Badge on the Wraith and Ghost, closely followed by Dawn in 2017 then Cullinan three years later in 2019. 2021 witnesses the latest Post Opulent expression of its affluent Black Badge joining the family – described as being the purest and most technologically advanced Black Badge motor car to date.

27% of Rolls-Royce commissions worldwide wear the Black Badge, synonymous and codified by the mathematical symbol that represents a potential infinity, which is found within the motor car’s interior. This was the same graphic, also known as the Lemniscate, that was applied to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking Rolls-Royce-powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane and the marque’s designers nominated this hallmark for Black Badge motor cars to reflect their own unrelenting pursuit of power.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars:
“After considerable internal debate, Rolls-Royce announced that it would create an officially sanctioned response to a new kind of client: a permanent Bespoke treatment to its motor cars named Black Badge. These products, which were launched in 2016, would be darker in aesthetic, more urgent in personality, and dramatic in material treatment.

“In the five years since Black Badge became publicly available, this bold family of motor cars has come to symbolise the pinnacle of a new type of super-luxury product, setting in motion a shift across the wider luxury industry. Subsequently, nearly all luxury makers create products that seek to capture the Black Badge spirit.

“Today, we announce a product that represents a new kind of Black Badge motor car, one that seizes on the minimalist, Post Opulent design treatment that has recast the legend of Ghost but amplifies and subverts it with the application of black. Our most advanced motor car yet has been reengineered to characterise the alter ego of Rolls-Royce: assertive, dynamic, and potent. This is the purest Black Badge motor car in the marque’s history. This is Black Badge Ghost.”

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost

Conceived in response to a group of clients who requested a Rolls-Royce that was agile, discreet, highly connected, and free of any superfluous design, the new Ghost is not just the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet, but also the most aesthetically pure. In the twelve months since this motor car has been available, it has become one of the fastest-selling products in the marque’s history, representing more than 3,500 commissions worldwide.

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Interior

Advanced luxury materials have been meticulously created and crafted for a unique ambience in the interior suite. While recalling the dramatic mechanical intent of Black Badge Ghost, the materials are true to Ghost’s Post Opulent design philosophy – one defined by authenticity and material substance rather than an overt statement. In this spirit, a complex but subtle weave that incorporates a deep diamond pattern rendered in carbon and metallic fibres has been created by the marque’s craftspeople.

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Multiple wood layers are pressed onto the interior component substrates, using a black Bolivar veneer for the uppermost base layer. This forms a dark foundation for the Technical Fibre layers that follow. Leaves woven from resin-coated carbon and contrasting metal-coated thread laid in a diamond pattern are applied by hand to the components in perfect alignment, creating a three-dimensional effect. To secure this extraordinary veneer, each component is cured for one hour under pressure at 100°C. This is then sand-blasted to create a keyed surface for six layers of lacquer, which is hand-sanded and polished before being incorporated into the motor car.

Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost

Exterior

Clients are free to select any of the marque’s 44,000 ‘ready-to-wear’ colours or create their own entirely unique Bespoke hue. However, the overwhelming majority of women and men who requested this darker expression of Ghost have selected the signature Black. To create what is the motor car industry’s darkest black, 100lbs (45kg) of paint is atomised and applied to an electrostatically charged body in white before being oven-dried. The motor car then receives two layers of clear coat before being hand-polished by a team of four craftsmen to produce the marque’s signature high-gloss piano finish.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Model: Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge
Price: £325,000
Engine: 6749cc, V12, twin-turbocharged, petrol
Fuel Management: Direct Injection
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Driveline layout: Front engine, all-wheel drive
Power: 592bhp at 5000rpm
Torque: 664lb ft at 1700-4250rpm
0-62mph: 4.5sec
Top speed: 155mph
Kerb weight (DIN): 2490kg
Fuel economy: 17.9mpg

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