Geneva 2010: Mansory Gilds Rolls-Royce’s Ghost

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For most, a Rolls-Royce represents the ultimate luxury car money can buy, but there are those who desire something a little extra. Mansory has long answered their call with modified Phantoms, but the Swiss company used the 2010 Geneva motor show to display their take on Rolls’ new Ghost.

Instead of tuning cars, Mansory insists it “refines” them, but it’s extremely hard to take that claim seriously once you’ve glimpsed of the Ghost’s exterior. The taller front and rear fascias aren’t appalling, but the color scheme -- which mixes bright blue paint with vast expanses of gold trim -- certainly is. The combination is overpowering, even if Mansory hadn’t added matching gold-on-blue 22-inch wheels to the package.

Inside, the Rolls receives new leather trim throughout the cabin, highlighted with diamond-quilted ornaments. The standard wood trim is replaced with expanses of carbon fiber and bamboo, which Mansory says “cannot be surpassed in terms of exclusiveness.” We’ll take their word on that.

Luckily, there’s just as much go as there is show. By adding larger turbochargers and revising the intake and exhaust systems, Mansory increased the output of the twin-turbo 6.6-liter V-12 from 570 hp to 720 hp. Peak torque subsequently jumps from 575 lb-ft to a whopping 752 lb-ft.

That’s enough power to rocket the Ghost from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds, making it roughly half a second quicker than a stock example. Mansory also removes the top speed limiter, letting its Ghost cruise up to velocities approaching 192 mph.

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