The Rolls-Royce Ghost has been an important model for the brand, as this luxury sedan is less expensive and smaller -- both relative terms -- and thus more accessible to a broader consumer base compared with the gargantuan Phantom flagship. Rolls-Royce has now unveiled an updated version of the Ghost called the Series II that features slightly revised styling, a retuned suspension, and updated technology.
The biggest change to the look of the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is up front, where the LED headlights adopt a new shape and the hood gains a so-called “wake channel” that “emanates” from the Spirit of Ecstacy hood ornament. There are also new paint and wheel options available for the Ghost as part of Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke personalization program.
On the inside, enhancements to the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II are subtle and center around modernizing the cabin’s design and technologies. The front and rear seats are revised for greater comfort, and the gauges take on a new polished-metal look that Rolls-Royce says is meant to evoke premium watch designs. The Ghost’s BMW iDrive-like rotary infotainment controller is updated with a new touch pad, and the Ghost also gains a new 10.25-inch high-definition screen to display the updated infotainment and navigation interface.
Beneath the skin, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II receives updates to the struts and dampers, along with new rear axle bearings that are meant to reduce vibration and improve the car’s already luxurious ride quality. The car’s 6.6-liter V-12 engine that produces 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque remains unchanged, though, and continues to pair with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The Series II does bring a new technology to this automatic called Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses GPS signals to anticipate which gear the car should be in based on its location. This technology debuted on the Rolls-Royce Wraith last year.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II continues to be offered in standard- and extended-wheelbase forms. We don’t yet have pricing for the Ghost Series II, but we expect to find out more information closer to the car’s on-sale date later this year. The current 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost starts at an eye-watering $267,300.