A Rolls-Royce driver must be able to do more than drive. Author editor Rafael Künzle went from bug to bug with the new Ghost and found this too.
- Rafael Künzle / A&W Publishing
Drive a Rolls Royce once in your life. For this dream, I love playing the driver, dressing up and rummaging through moth boxes for white gloves. Ready – at least that’s what I think.
Double Windsor knots and thin leather sole
‘ The tie should have a double Windsor knot that you didn’t even wear. Did you forget your shoes with thin leather soles? This is the only way to get the best feel of the pedal. I wonder who but Ötzi owns a pair of shoes like this and how my significant other got a Rolls Royce driver’s etiquette guide. “Andy McCann” was her answer. Never listened Said. “Mccan trained Rolls-Royce drivers in his white glove training and gave us some rules of conduct for you to take with you”. Damn!
Swearing is also a big sin, like gesturing, honking, and all the other bad habits behind the wheel. I obediently kept silent, even when I got to the Rolls-Royce in Munich and faced the new Ghost, I was speechless. About 1000 hours of manual labor went into our test vehicle from Goodwood. Cost: CHF 366,000.
The crux of the luggage
Rightfully, I bravely opened the back door for “My Lady,” which, like the Phantom, is now controllable at the touch of a button. But she made no move to go in. “First the suitcase, then the passengers. People like us want to make sure that delicate luggage is not forgotten». The heart rate picks up slightly, and the trolley case is pulled in the direction of the Rolls-Royce. “Take, don’t roll. The trunk should be kept clean! »
I hit the start button, the puppet “Soul of Ecstasy” pulled out of the hood and we took off. Despite an increase in length to 5.55 meters and a weight increase of 2.5 tons, the second-generation Ghost is as agile as a compact car with new rear-axle steering and all-wheel drive. The camera reports any bumps to the chassis, which adjusts the dampers accordingly within milliseconds. The moving artwork appears to float on the asphalt and stands out against the starry LED starry sky. There, digital meteors are now even zipping over passengers’ heads — if you will. After all, every Rolls-Royce is built to order. Would you like an embroidered silk kimono as a seat cover or a dashboard covered in gold leaf? As Torsten Müller-Ötvös assures me, any request from the British is hardly too unusual. If only I asked the Rolls-Royce CEO about the rules of conduct.
“Time is for our money”
Too late, I found out on the German Autobahn at 120 kilometers per hour. “Drivers are not allowed to linger, time is for our money,” someone criticized later. I powered the 6.75-liter V12 twin-turbo engine (0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds). It’s the only time that 571 hp and 850 Nm can be heard behind 100kg of insulation. During development, more attention had to be given to the powertrain, as test subjects were uncomfortable with silence.
After a while we left the highway and the next mistake was waiting at the traffic lights. “Consistently maintain vehicle-length distance in stationary traffic. Rolls-Royce drivers must also be able to respond to unexpected events,” someone told me.
don’t mess with emily
But with no need to escape an adjacent cornfield, the champagne brake test is underway – lightly braking while the lord drinks. Well done, no splatters on a dozen hand sewn cowhide. On the other hand, after getting off at the finish line, I don’t do cowhide as I walk up and down in front of the ghost. This is disrespectful to “Emily”, as it is also known as a puppet in German-speaking countries. I circled around behind me and saw: Driving a Rolls-Royce is not difficult, but being a real driver is very difficult.
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