Rolls Royce – Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:08:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Rolls-Royce Plans Aluminum Space Frame Platform for 2018 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-plans-aluminum-space-frame-platform-for-2018/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-plans-aluminum-space-frame-platform-for-2018/#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2016 16:35:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-plans-aluminum-space-frame-platform-for-2018/ Rolls begins to modernize.

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Following in the footsteps of parent company BMW, Rolls-Royce announced the development of a future vehicle platform composed of a lightweight aluminum space-frame.

Like the new BMW 7-Series, which uses a new chassis almost entirely composed of aluminum and lightweight carbon composite material, the new Rolls-Royce chassis will put particular emphasis on reducing the amount of mass lugged around by the big V-12 engines. Rolls will use this architecture to underpin their entire lineup, beginning in 2018.

We predicted this a few months back, when our European correspondent Georg Kacher went into extensive detail on the future of the British automaker. As Georg enumerated, the new chassis architecture is destined to find its way under the bodywork of all future Rolls-Royce models, including the forthcoming Cullinan SUV. This means the Phantom, the Ghost, the Wraith, and the Dawn should all see a substantial drop in weight when this new platform makes its rounds through the lineup.

Rolls says the space-frame architecture will soon be tested out on public roads, to determine if the space-frame design can still allow the car to deliver a ride-quality up to snuff with what customers have come to expect of cars wearing the Spirit of Ecstasy.

Look for more information on the future of Rolls-Royce as we inch closer to 2018.

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With shame I look down at my shoes, canvas Skechers, gray slip-ons, identical to the pair Ringo Starr, a 75-year-old drummer for a popular rock band in the 1960s, is wearing in a full-page ad for the brand.

Rather than completely blame my incompetence, Rolls-Royce White Glove chauffeur trainer David Hughes throws me a bone when he suggests my footwear, specifically the thick rubber soles, are partly at fault. The proper footwear for a Rolls-Royce chauffeur, as we all know, is something shiny and black. But the sole, he said, must be leather and no more than a half-inch thick.

“That gives you the best possible feel for the accelerator and brake pedals,” he says.

We are in Las Vegas, and Rolls-Royce has invited us on a peculiar two-prong program: With a couple of nights at the Wynn Las Vegas, we sniff the rarefied air of those who might get chauffeured around town in one of the dozen Rolls-Royce Phantoms the hotel maintains for the use of its guests. Or some of its guests.

The other prong of the program: We learn what is required and expected of those who chauffeur those debutantes and dignitaries. There is a lot to it.

So I am on my best behavior as I drive Hughes around town as he sits, uneasily, in the rear seat. That said, it is hard to be uneasy in a new Phantom. With all the cubic yards of leather, it smells like heaven. Or heaven to a carnivore; vegan heaven probably smells like flax or something. It is bank-vault quiet inside, and the seats feel as though they were sculptured with your exact ass in mind.

There’s a 453-horsepower, 6.7-liter V-12 under the hood, but as I learn when a relieved Hughes is back in the driver’s seat, it’s about 353 horsepower more than you need. This relates directly to my central transgression behind the wheel: “Too jerky. You approach stops too quickly and accelerate away too quickly.”

Really? I’m dumbfounded. I have never approached and accelerated away so gradually, stopped so smoothly, turned with such a broad arc.

Not enough, I learn. As we near a red light, Hughes begins to slow from our 40 mph top speed so far back that I’m afraid we’ll be rear-ended by a Vegas taxi. He accelerates so gradually it’s almost imperceptible. I’m reminded of those stoned teen years where you start slowing 600 yards before the red light, which turns green, then red, then green, then red again by the time you arrive. How, I wonder, do Rolls-Royce passengers actually get anywhere on time?

I am reminded: The event doesn’t really start until the Phantom passengers arrive.

Much of what it takes to be a Rolls-Royce chauffeur is Boy Scout-era common sense: Be clean, polite, and don’t argue with the customer. Know when, and when not to, make eye contact with your passenger. (If it’s Diana Ross, never.) And never walk around the front of the car, as it would be disrespectful to the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament, which is apparently wired to report back immediately to Rolls-Royce Central if you do.

Hughes says you develop the sort of self-preservationist personality necessary for a long career. You learn to say, perhaps, a noncommittal, “You make an excellent point, sir, and I promise I’ll give it some thought,” as opposed to, “Certainly I’ll vote for you, Mr. Trump, but I must ask you to remove the bumper sticker.”

More to the point, Hughes admits that a chauffeur’s conduct might be different if he actually works for the rich person who owns the Phantom, as opposed to, say, working for the Wynn, driving one of its cars. If a celebrity was smoking crack in the back seat of a Wynn Rolls-Royce, Hughes said his response would be, “I’m terribly sorry, sir, but the Wynn discourages smoking in the car, so I must ask you to extinguish that.”

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If the celebrity wants to smoke crack in his own Rolls-Royce, well, that’s between the chauffer and his maker, and by maker, I mean Rolls-Royce. “I tend to make decisions on how I will proceed based on how I would imagine the police report might read,” Hughes says.

As you would suspect, Hughes is the soul of discretion, but fortunately, other Las Vegas chauffeurs aren’t. We learn that the Wynn Las Vegas is still the top hotel “because it’s so un-cool that it’s cool again. It’s where everybody who is anybody stays.” And we learn that, bar none, NBA players make the worst passengers. “Kids come up from nothing and get paid millions of dollars before they’re old enough to drink, and they instantly forget where they came from.”

Yes, well. We learned a lot in Las Vegas, and clearly what we learn in Vegas doesn’t really stay in Vegas. Hughes is friendly when we part, but both he and I know my invitation to join the White Glove program will get lost in the mail. I leave the way I came: In the rear seat of a Lincoln Town Car. The ignominy! I feel like a spurned suitor from “The Bachelorette” who didn’t get a rose. It makes me want to walk in front of the Spirit of Ecstasy, but I just can’t.

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12 Things We Love About the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost http://www.automobilemag.com/news/12-things-we-love-about-the-2015-rolls-royce-ghost/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/12-things-we-love-about-the-2015-rolls-royce-ghost/#respond Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/12-things-we-love-about-the-2015-rolls-royce-ghost/ A dozen details we dug when we drove from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

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Los Angeles, California – We spent last weekend in San Francisco attending Outside Lands, a music festival headlined by Kendrick Lamar, The Black Keys, and Sir Elton John. When our friends at StubHub first invited us to go, we started looking up flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco. But why fly coach when you can drive first-class? We were able to get behind the wheel of a brand-new 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost for the 800 miles to and from the event, and we fell in love with these 12 features on the $410,025 beauty.

1. Coach-style doors

Not only do they look awesome, but they also let you comfortably ease into the back seats. No need to contort your body.

2. Always-upright wheel spinners

Point out this novel feature to someone in a gas station parking lot, and you’ll have to drive around in circles to prove it works.

3. Fully illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy

Kitschy, gimmicky, and it costs $3,825, but, man, does it look cool when you unlock the car at night.

4. In-door umbrella storage

A $700 option; just press a chrome button on either of the front doors and a gorgeous full-size umbrella pops out.

5. Rear-seat tray tables

What do you do when you stop for lunch and Chipotle is way too crowded? Eat your burrito bowl in the back seat of the Rolls.

6. Rear-seat audio controls

Because it wouldn’t be classy to stop eating your burrito bowl and get back into the driver’s seat simply to change the radio station, would it?

7. Temperature controls

They’re cool because they look like patriotic Oreos, and we love them because they’re stupidly easy to use.

8. Perforated leather headliner

While we prefer the optional Starlight headliner, this is quite the consolation prize.

9. Thin steering-wheel rim

In a world full of chubby, sporty steering wheels, the Ghost’s dainty rim feels as if it’s from a bygone era.

10. Adaptive suspension dampers

Self-leveling air springs with anti-roll software work complement adaptive dampers to give the Ghost a pampered ride.

11. Lambs wool floormats

Softer than the ears of a Labrador retriever, we would wear a sweater made out of this, even in summer.

12. Bespoke audio system

The 1,300-watt, 18-speaker setup is one of the best we’ve ever experienced. After the festival, we played Broods, G-Eazy, and Shakey Graves at full volume, and they sounded just as good in the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost as they did onstage at Outside Lands.

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Specifications

  • On Sale: Now
  • Price: $291,350/$410,025 (base/as tested)
  • Engine: 6.6L DOHC 48-valve V-12/563 hp @ 5,250 rpm, 575 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Layout: 4-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD sedan
  • EPA Mileage: 13/21 mpg (city/hwy)
  • Suspension F/R: Control arms, air springs/multilink, air springs
  • Brakes: Vented discs
  • Tires: 255/45R-20/285/40R-20 Continental ContiSportContact
  • L x W x H: 212.6. x 76.7 x 61.0 in
  • Wheelbase: 129.7 in
  • Headroom F/R: 40.6/39.0 in
  • Legroom F/R: 41.7/42.3 in
  • Shoulder Room F/R: 59.4/55.8 in
  • Cargo Room: 17.3 cu ft
  • Weight: 5,445 lb
  • Weight Dist. F/R: N/A
  • 0-60 mph:

    • 4.8 sec
  • 1/4-Mile: N/A
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
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Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight Caters To Ultra-Wealthy Socialites http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-phantom-limelight-caters-to-ultra-wealthy-socialites/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-phantom-limelight-caters-to-ultra-wealthy-socialites/#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-phantom-limelight-caters-to-ultra-wealthy-socialites/ The perfect car for bon vivants.

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Rolls-Royce revealed another special-edition Phantom, following the launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Serenity at the 2015 Geneva auto show. Called the Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight, the new special edition hyper-luxury sedan aims to cater to high-profile individuals who jump in-between social events throughout their daily life.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight derives its namesake from the historical stage lighting used to illuminate actors on stage during their performance. As such, the Phantom Limelight is tailored to fit in with socialites, playboys, and bon vivants.

The Phantom Limelight features a mix of interior modifications over a normal Rolls-Royce Phantom. The most significant change is the inclusion of imbedded luxury storage in the rear door panels. The door panels have storage for personal effects, including two watch holders, three custom bottles for fragrance that can be filled with whatever fragrance they desire, a carbon-fiber and aluminum glasses holder, and storage for for jewelry or makeup.

Rolls-Royce craftspeople also turned their attention to the rear seating arrangement, creating what they call a “Phantom Suite.” Two diamond-stitched executive-style seats have been modified to provide the perfect amount of comfort and support, with special emphasis placed on its ability to perfectly recline to the passenger’s needs.

On the outside, the Limelight is coated in a rich Gala Blue paint color, with a Seashell and Navy Blue pinstripe running down the side. The Limelight is shod with special nine-spoke wheels unique to the special edition.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight is limited to 25 units worldwide. Official pricing information has not been released, but considering it is a special limited edition of an already expensive vehicle, it won’t come cheap.

Take a look at the new Rolls-Royce Phantom Limelight in the photo gallery below.

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Rolls-Royce Phantom “Serenity” Blossoms in Geneva http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-phantom-serenity-blossoms-in-geneva/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-phantom-serenity-blossoms-in-geneva/#respond Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:30:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-phantom-serenity-blossoms-in-geneva/ Rolls gives the Phantom an even fancier interior.

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Rolls-Royce showed off yet another one-off creation at this week’s Geneva motor show, but unlike all of those other ones, the “Serenity” boasts a whole other level of luxury that we haven’t yet seen in a Phantom.

Inspired by “Rolls-Royces that have conveyed Kings and Queens, Emperors and Empresses and world leaders throughout history,” the car’s interior features several intricate details that take cues from Japanese silk robes and European furniture. Inside, the car swathed in plenty of silk materials, while a large blossom tree motif splayed on the headliner creates a tranquil space for rear passengers. All the silk found inside Serenity’s interior came from China, where the thread was hand-dyed then woven into about 33 feet of fabric, which Rolls-Royce says was enough to clothe the Phantom’s interior. The blossom tree motif, inspired by emperors’ private gardens, was then embroidered onto the silk thread. Craftspeople first embroidered the copper-colored branches and white petals and later hand-painted each crimson blossom directly onto the silk.

Taking cues from modern furniture design, rear passenger seats are elevated into a “powerful seating position” with Arctic White leather seats and Smoked Cherrywood trim all over. Bamboo is also used in the car’s interior, as well as Mother of Pearl that has been used to create the petals on the blossom tree on the door panels. Up front, hand-applied rubies appear on the analog clock and gauges, which also use Mother of Pearl on their faces. Even the trunk compartment was given the high-class treatment with the same white leather found inside the car and Arctic white carpet.

Outside, Serenity features the most expensive one-off paint ever produced by the automaker. The paint features a three-stage pearl effect and was hand-polished for 12 hours to create its unique shimmer effect. The blossom tree motif has also been hand-painted on some areas of Serenity’s exterior.
“With Serenity we have pushed the boundaries of the concept of Bespoke. We have taken luxury to a new level. The car transcends being a form of transportation and becomes a work of art, demonstrating the constant striving for perfection and an unparalleled pursuit of sourcing the finest materials for the world’s best motor car,” said one of the car’s designers.

Check out Rolls-Royce’s rolling work of art in the photos below.

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Bentley Flying Spur vs. Mercedes-Benz S600 vs. Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-flying-spur-vs-mercedes-benz-s600-v-rolls-royce-ghost/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-flying-spur-vs-mercedes-benz-s600-v-rolls-royce-ghost/#respond Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/bentley-flying-spur-vs-mercedes-benz-s600-v-rolls-royce-ghost/ Clash of the super luxe titans.

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Innsbruck, Austria—The Bentley Flying Spur, Mercedes-Benz S600, and Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II are three of the most comfortable cars on Earth. But right now, palms are sweating and tires are squealing. We’re pushing these cars out of their comfort zones to figure out which one most deserves space in a supercar garage. It’s a tough choice not only because these lavishly equipped chariots are so superlative but also because they are so different from one another. Sure, all three have smooth V-12s, and all three command terrifying list prices. But the Flying Spur is a bawdy high-performance sedan with an Old World interior, the S600 is a tech-laden sleeper, and the Ghost is a boisterous status symbol. Still, someone has to decide among these cars, and it might as well be us. So let’s begin this shootout with an early morning blast down the Munich-Salzburg autobahn.

On this high-speed three-lane highway, the big, blond Benz is the easiest car to drive hard and fast. Wide, well-poised, and always firmly planted, the S-Class feels rock solid even as it rolls over wet grooves, yawning expansion joints, and fast washboard sweepers. It also boasts the latest tech. Whoever is in charge of the ugly two-spoke steering wheel will enjoy a comfortable driver’s seat and will be assisted by adaptive cruise control, automatic lane guidance, night vision, and an adaptive suspension that uses cameras to adjust for the road ahead. Parking is fully automatic if you so desire, navigation is governed by real-time traffic information, surface heating extends to the door panels and the center console, and the all-LED lighting system outshines its rivals. In contrast to all this cutting-edge technology, the 6.0-liter V-12 that drives the S600 is not exactly a brand-new piece of kit. The three-valver harks back to the 5.5-liter V-12 that first appeared in the Maybach 57 in 2002. With 523 hp, the twin-turbo motor is the relative weakling of this trio—the Ghost has 563 hp, and the Bentley 616 hp. But the Mercedes does make the most torque, at 612 lb-ft, and it is the lightest at 5,038 pounds. (The Bentley and Rolls each weigh about 5,500 pounds.) Although the Mercedes is super comfortable and ultra safe, it remains at all times commendably involving.

The word “involving” also applies, surprisingly, to the Rolls-Royce. What makes all the difference here is the optional dynamic driving package. Quicker steering commanded by a thicker-rimmed wheel, retuned dampers, and a revised rear- suspension impart precision and heightened road-holding capabilities on the formerly floaty Ghost. The slight slack just off center that we’ve noticed at high speed in earlier Ghosts has all but disappeared. Despite its considerable weight, the Series II is confidence-inspiring when pushed, as body roll and brake dive are now better suppressed.

The brain buys the Benz. Our adrenal glands want the Bentley. The gut, though, would almost certainly spend even more for the keys to the Ghost.

Still, there comes a point where Sir Rolls prefers a more leisurely pace. With stability control on, the Ghost is automatically reeled in early enough for the glasses on the rear picnic tables to stay put. But with the nannies off, you find yourself maneuvering the Titanic through the upper reaches of the Thames. The Rolls is at its best surfing the V-12’s wave of low-end torque, which crests at 575 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm. It appreciates defensive steering and throttle angles, and it even uses info from its navigation system to avoid superfluous gear changes. In this car more than in the other two, a smooth driving style will be rewarded with total refinement and, pardon the cliché, splendid isolation.



Black beauty: The Bentley is tastefully appointed all around, but its interior is cramped for a car this size.


As we reach the picturesque mountain range that unites the southern tip of Bavaria and the slim end of Austria, we ditch the autobahn for remarkably challenging driving roads. When the corners tighten and the grade becomes steep, the Bentley Flying Spur emerges as the undisputed master of ceremonies. It’s the only car of the trio that boasts all-wheel drive (Mercedes offers it on the S63 AMG but not the comfort-oriented S600), which means it can more frequently make use of the 590 lb-ft of torque from its sonorous and eager-to-rev 6.0-liter W-12. It’s the quickest car here, able to sprint to 60 mph in a factory-measured 4.3 seconds (versus 4.5 for the Mercedes and 4.8 seconds for the Rolls-Royce). More important on the autobahn, it’s by far the fastest, hitting 200 mph where conditions permit, whereas the S600 and Ghost are limited to 155 mph.



Creature comforts:
The Benz’s interior prevails with perks such as heated armrests. The Rolls (below) has improved iDrive.


Under the pressure of fast downhill sections, we’re amazed by the collective stopping power of the brakes. All three cars employ manhole-cover-size discs straddled by calipers big enough to tame a train. The 500-pound weight advantage of the S600 pays off by shortening the stopping distance. The heavier Bentley has help from optional carbon-ceramic rotors, which combine fade-free stopping power with commendably progressive pedal feel. Even so, we wish the Bentley had shift paddles so we could more easily manage our speed via engine braking. The Rolls-Royce boasts a potent stopping apparatus that works as effortlessly as the rest of the car. Like the light two-finger steering, the brake pedal only needs a couple of toes’ input to deliver. Another forte our behemoths have in common is unerring directional stability. All three models were virtually immune to strong crosswinds, foul weather, and sudden surface variations. Fast corners were rarely an issue either, but like a full-size bullet train, our 36-cylinder convoy had to slow down significantly for tighter bends.

Of course, these cars need to offer more than just high-speed capability. First, they need to be supremely comfortable. The German contender is hard to beat on this metric, and this verdict extends to the second-row accommodations, which offer ample leg- and headroom, not to mention a chair massage. The Bentley, though just as long, is comparatively cramped, and even the driver’s seat feels relatively flat and insufficiently adjustable. These cars also need the latest and greatest equipment. Top honors go again to the Benz, which won’t even charge you extra for most of the first-class goodies. The flip side is that the S600’s cockpit is a hard-to-decipher maze of touchpads, knobs, buttons, and thumbwheels. The BMW-inspired Rolls-Royce does better with an improved version of iDrive. In these matters the Bentley, the oldest of the trio despite a recent refresh, shows its age via a dated infotainment system and a conspicuous lack of modern driving aids. Fuel economy might not be a priority here, which is just as well. Over a weekend of hard driving, the Mercedes averaged nearly 15 mpg, the Ghost Series II 12 mpg, and the thirsty Bentley 11 mpg.



Score one for drama: Suicide doors are just one of the eye-grabbing features of the Rolls. Inside, the rear seats are subtly angled toward each other for more intimacy.


Harder to measure, but more important, are presence and a sense of occasion. If you like Teutonic flair paired with overkill engineering (motorized buckles, airbags for the rear belts, perfume dispenser, etc.), you will appreciate the Mercedes-Benz S600. If you prefer more of a gentleman’s club atmosphere, the beautifully executed and tastefully appointed Bentley Flying Spur might be the right choice. But to make a statement of real presence and affluence, nothing beats the Rolls-Royce Ghost, with its dramatic suicide doors, inviting theater seats in back, and remarkably well-appointed cabin.



Battle royale: The S600, the Ghost Series II, and Flying Spur all have their merits. But if you had to choose just one …


So where would the lottery win go? The brain buys the Benz. It’s the cleverest high-end sedan by a long shot, capable of spoiling you with a bouquet of creature comforts yet involving you on a high-speed drive. Also, it’s a bargain among this company, with a sticker starting at less than $170,000, a price that includes most of the impress-your-friends options. Our adrenal glands want the Bentley, which combines traditional British craftsmanship with the style and brawn of the related Continental GT Speed. It will appeal to customers who deem a Jaguar XJR too mundane. And too cheap. The Flying Spur starts at $221,125, and the carbon-ceramic brakes add $14,150 (plus another $1,525 if you want the calipers painted red). The gut, though, would almost certainly spend even more—$291,350 before any options—for the keys to the Ghost. It is the best of the best, the most extroverted, and the most prestigious. More simply put, it shouts, “Look at me! I’m rich!” the loudest.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Specifications

  • On Sale: Now
  • Price: $169,525
  • Engine: 6.0L DOHC 36-valve twin-turbocharged V-12/523 hp @ 4,900 rpm, 612 lb-ft @ 1,900-4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed automatic
  • Layout: 4-door, 4- or 5-passenger, front-engine, RWD sedan
  • EPA Mileage: 12/21 mpg city/highway
  • Suspension F/R: Multilink, air springs/multilink, air springs
  • Brakes: Vented discs
  • Tires: 245/45R-19 Pirelli Winter Sottozero (winter fitment)
  • L x W x H: 206.5 x 83.9 x 58.7 in
  • Wheelbase: 206.5 x 83.9 x 58.7 in
  • Weight: 5,038 lb
  • 0-60 mph: 4.5 sec
  • Top Speed: 155 mph

2015 Bentley Flying Spur Specifications

  • On Sale: Now
  • Price: $221,125
  • Engine: 6.0L DOHC 48-valve twin-turbocharged W-12/616 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 590 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
  • EPA Mileage: 12/20 mpg city/highway
  • Suspension F/R: Control arms, air springs/ multilink, air springs
  • Brakes F/R: Carbon-ceramic vented discs
  • Tires F/R: 275/35R-21 Pirelli P Zero
  • L x W x H: 208.5 x 86.9 x 58.6 in
  • Wheelbase: 120.7 in
  • Weight: 5,451 lb
  • 0-60 mph: 4.3 sec
  • Top Speed: 200 mph

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Specifications

  • On Sale: Now
  • Price: $291,350
  • Engine: 6.6L DOHC 48-valve twin-turbocharged V-12/563 hp @ 5,250 rpm, 575 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic
  • Layout: 4-door, 4- or 5-passenger, front-engine, RWD sedan
  • EPA Mileage: 13/21 mpg city/highway
  • Suspension F/R: Multilink, air springs/multilink, air springs
  • Brakes: Vented discs
  • Tires: 255/50R-19 Goodyear Ultra Grip (winter fitment)
  • L x W x H: 212.6 x 76.7 x 61.0 in
  • Wheelbase: 129.7 in
  • Weight: 5,445 lb
  • 0-60 mph: 4.8 sec
  • Top Speed: 155 mph
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Nighthawk Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Coming for North America http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nighthawk-rolls-royce-phantom-drophead-coupe-coming-for-north-america/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nighthawk-rolls-royce-phantom-drophead-coupe-coming-for-north-america/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/nighthawk-rolls-royce-phantom-drophead-coupe-coming-for-north-america/ Sleek, but hardly subtle.

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Rolls-Royce is introducing yet another super-luxe special-edition model from its Bespoke collection, but this Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe will be available only in North America. As an even greater mark of exclusivity, only nine examples of the “Nighthawk” Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe will be built.

Ironically, the classically stunning “Nighthawk” Phantom Drophead Coupe is inspired by stealth aircraft design. The limited-edition Rolls is painted in Diamond Black Metallic paint with a Matt Diamond Black hood, and the windshield surround is supposedly influenced by the radar-absorbent materials used for coating in aviation applications. Something tells us, though, that this detail won’t prevent the radar-toting police from nailing you when the BMW-built, 6.75-liter V-12 engine does away with all of your good sense. Up front there are also adaptive LED headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Interior adornments include carbon fiber dashboard panels and detailing on the traditional coach door, carbon fiber instrument dials tipped with incandescent orange, and of course, copious use of Hotspur Red and Black full-grain leather. Even the transmission tunnel and trunk are lined in the supplest of tanned hides.

As Rolls-Royce North American president Eric Shepherd says in a statement, “‘Nighthawk’ exudes an understated image of power with confidence, a characteristic many of our owners share.”

Admittedly, this might not be classiest of Rolls-Royce special editions, but it is striking and cool in a badass Bruce Wayne sort of way. No doubt it will offer a distinctive experience for the nine lucky future owners in North America, who will become part of the Rolls-Royce Bespoke club along with owners of the Drophead Coupe Waterspeed Collection and one-off Maharaja Drophead coupe. The Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe has been around since 2007, but it could next be joined by a drophead variant of the gorgeous Wraith.

Following its reveal event in Phoenix, the “Nighthawk” Phantom will be on display at this year’s Super Bowl.

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Mansory Shows Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Upgrades http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mansory-shows-rolls-royce-ghost-series-ii-upgrades/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mansory-shows-rolls-royce-ghost-series-ii-upgrades/#respond Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mansory-shows-rolls-royce-ghost-series-ii-upgrades/ If regular Rolls-Royce exclusivity isn’t enough.

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Rolls-Royce already offers all sorts of factory customization options for its ultra-luxury vehicles, but if that’s not enough, this new Mansory version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II may be for you. This German tuner has released its upgrade kit for the refreshed Ghost sedan, which includes some wild visuals inside and out along with a few performance enhancements.

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Mansory says this souped-up Ghost has a “powerful visual presence,” and it’s hard to argue with that given the extreme body kit and eye-popping color scheme pictured on this example. The Ghost’s body kit includes new side skirts, larger air inlets up front, a diffuser out back, and a rear spoiler, while there are also some extra LED lighting accents along with all sorts of carbon-fiber trim pieces.

Mechanically, Mansory has added a new exhaust and changed the ECU programming to make for some extra power. This gives the twin-turbo V-12 engine a supposed boost of 100 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque for totals of 652 hp and 774 lb-ft. New 22-inch wheels are fitted with upgraded tires, and the Mansory Ghost is lowered by around 2 inches for a lower center of gravity.

For customers interested in taking the Rolls-Royce Ghost to another level of attention-getting exclusivity, Mansory will offer all sorts of customization options for the interior, including various combinations of Alcantara, leather, wood, and carbon fiber trim. Like the last Mansory version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, these modifications for the Ghost Series II should add plenty of cost to the Ghost’s steep base price of $285,750, though the company has not yet released pricing details for this upgrade kit.

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Rolls-Royce Bespoke Creates Maharaja Drophead Coupe http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-bespoke-creates-maharaja-drophead-coupe/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-bespoke-creates-maharaja-drophead-coupe/#respond Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/rolls-royce-bespoke-creates-maharaja-drophead-coupe/ Unique design for the convertible Rolls.

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As if the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe weren’t exclusive enough, the automaker’s Bespoke program created a unique model that will surely stand out from the rest.

Unveiled earlier this week was the Rolls-Royce Maharaja Phantom Drophead Coupe, which is inspired by the Golden Age of India’s kings over 100 years ago. Back then, India’s royalty had a strong affinity for bespoke cars from Rolls-Royce, reportedly amassing over 800 one-of-a-kind vehicles from the British automaker. The relationship lasted over 50 years, and resulted in vehicles as unusual as a 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom equipped with a cannon and a machine gun for tiger hunting expeditions.

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The Maharaja-edition Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe pays homage to that relationship in a number of ways. The exterior, painted in Carrara White paint, features front fenders accented with Emerald green peacock emblems, India’s national bird. The peacock theme is used elsewhere in the car, including peacock feather-patterned accents for the leather door arm rests and wood inlays. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke program has shown off its impressive wood marquetry in the past, and it does it again here with the passenger-side dashboard trim showcasing a peacock.

Much of the interior features a cream tone, but deep green and blue accents are used for the steering wheel, carpet, and the leather used for the windshield frame. The Rolls-Royce Majaraja Phantom Drophead Coupe is truly a one-of-a-kind Bespoke model (unlike the previous Bespoke Phantom Metropolitan), and has been claimed by a customer in Dubai.

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Chauffeur U: Once Around The Park and Home, Georg http://www.automobilemag.com/news/chauffeur-u-once-around-the-park-and-home-georg/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/chauffeur-u-once-around-the-park-and-home-georg/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/chauffeur-u-once-around-the-park-and-home-georg/ Our man enters the Rolls-Royce chauffeur training program.

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Every little detail counts; nothing can be left to chance. For my first test at the Rolls-Royce White Glove chauffeur training program, chief instructor Andi McCann has prepped our training vehicle, a pewter-metallic Phantom, with 10 irregularities and imperfections no professional chauffeur would tolerate. I have exactly two minutes to find all of the faults: the twisted seat belt, the seat heater accidentally set on max, the ill-matching adjustment angle of the rear seat backs, the greasy fingerprints on one air vent, the empty water bottle in the drinks cabinet, the cigarette butt in the ashtray, the out-of-alignment passenger sun visor, the dirty floormat, the half-open rear window curtain, and the distant buzzing noise from the improperly muted radio. His Highness would have been pleased with me.

That is, until I take a turn at the wheel. Although I purposely wore shoes with thin leather soles for maximum sensitivity (rubber soles are the No. 1 no-go of the trade), my driving style proves not nearly smooth enough. Braking turns out to be particularly tricky: too early, too late, too hard. I manage to do it all. My operating rhythm is seldom in sync with the master’s expectations. I go too fast, corner too hard, turn in too aggressively. The verdict: a clear thumbs-down.

De-linted driver.

The White Glove program was introduced in 2012 in Hong Kong. North America followed suit in 2013, and this year it has set up in Europe. The curriculum consists of three elements. Phase I covers the fundamentals of chauffeurdom as well as everything you need to know about the car, which is generally a Phantom or a Ghost. Surprisingly, there is a lot to be learned about the hardware—a whole chapter deals with the change from hydraulic power steering to today’s electrically assisted unit and how this affects one’s driving style. Phase II introduces the helmsman-to-be to the finer points of etiquette, explains the safety features of the vehicle, and details the procedures recommended in case of an accident or an assault. Phase III puts the candidate to the test. Does he park the car parallel to and at the correct distance from the curb with the front wheels pointed straight? Is there enough room at both ends of the vehicle for passengers to pass through comfortably? Can he execute a swift three-point turn in a confined space?

And then there are all the unwritten rules. Such as carrying the luggage to and from the Rolls-Royce instead of rolling it, which might pick up dirt that can soil the trunk’s carpeting. Such as asking the client whether he wants the door to be opened and closed for him. Such as always helping a lady into and out of the car. “The arrival process can be quite complex,” says McCann. “For a start, the doors must remain locked until the vehicle comes to a halt. When there is only one guest aboard, a curbside exit is obviously safer and quicker. When there are two passengers, the chauffeur should assist the second person and protect him from traffic. Although paparazzi are a nuisance, their target can be effectively protected by the umbrella in the door panel. Pop it open, and all the camera will likely catch is a lock of hair.”

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Kacher gets to know the Rolls before practicing anti-paparazzi umbrella procedures.

And what about looking the part? What’s the correct dress code? “There is no such thing,” says McCann. No white gloves? “They are impractical, old-fashioned, and of merely symbolic value,” he replies. Speaking of value, this program is seen as a marketing tool, so attending the White Glove program is gratis if the client buys a new car. “Back in 1912, Mr. Royce wanted drivers to be trained how best to operate his products so that the customers would benefit and the cars would last longer,” explains McCann. “Longevity may not be an issue anymore, but customer satisfaction certainly is.”

The People’s Chauffeurs Go Toe to Toe

To chauffeur, you don’t have to go through Rolls-Royce’s arduous training program. Just drive for a ride-sharing company, where if you have a four-door car and a reasonably clean driving record, you can chauffeur the common man, who will summon you with the tap of a smartphone. Two companies, Uber and Lyft, have ascended to the top of this newly popular ride-sharing world.

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Uber and Lyft are even at it in their advertising.

Lyft, which asks its drivers to put fuzzy pink mustaches on the front of their cars, has proved to be quite the pest for larger and more-established Uber, which operates in more than 90 U.S. cities and about 70 elsewhere in the world. U.S.-only Lyft has popped up in almost 70 cities and is taking a bite out of Uber’s business, and a bloodthirsty rivalry has developed between the two.

They’re duking it out by seducing drivers to switch companies, aping each other’s tactics, and undercutting fares. Both have gone so far as to nudge employees to hail an Uber or Lyft ride and cancel soon after, just to waste a driver’s time. And the battle continues to heat up. Uber claims that Lyft investors have told Uber to buy out Lyft because Lyft’s business model is unsustainable, while Lyft says those claims are false and that it will continue to take chunks of market share while building a strong community with its customers.

Let them fight. If you want to chauffeur, vacuum out your car’s back seat and start working for a ride-sharing company. Because however this all plays out, it’s clear the common-man chauffeur is in high demand. —Chris Nelson

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