Not long ago, the Rolls-Royce was the last old car. Rich seniors, of course. Rich footballers and many other celebrities have previously appeared in Bentleys and Range Rovers. The Phantom was a highly maneuverable warship. In California you once saw rappers, designers or other lost people with a lot of money in cars like Drophead Coupé, but here in Europe it was different. But things have changed quickly. The British came in the first half of the last decade with Ghost and the Wraith. The smallest size is rotating, for people who are not just sitting back. That turned out to be a bull’s eye. So it was with the Black Bedge label, which started at Wraith. This was a version that focused more on people who want to run themselves. The label is now also available for the new generation Ghost, which we already launched in late 2020.
Like the Black Badge, the car is only slightly congested on the road, has 30 more hp and some design features for this version alone. For example, the famous Ecstasy Spirit is black, the Pantheon grille is now dark chrome and you get carbon-based wheels and an aluminum brim, which is lined with titanium. Inside you will find a new type of carbon, bonded with steel fibers to a fine diamond structure. That is, if you take that into account when looking at the starry sky from the roof (optional with the night sky and specific date groups), where sometimes shooting stars can be seen. And that while your head is sinking into the softest pillow and your feet land on a 10-centimeter sheepskin mat and drink champagne if desired, which has cooled in the refrigerator between the two back seats. True, the picture is clear: excess is not dangerous in this case.
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That the Spirit is stronger on the road is a relative concept. Either way, the Rolls-Royce is confident enough to let us drive around in a car in Hungaroring, something that still has a good chance as my most stupid car of 2022. There we discover that the Brit is still out in the front springs. when we open the 600 hp of a 6.75 liter biturbo V12 on the pavement. That is an option, because the car dives a lot less during stopping than it moves during acceleration. “The luxury boat effect is good for Rolls-Royce,” explains one software developer. Even if it is possible, it is not a car that you often drive. And if you do, we want to see this effect. We don’t see much extra power, because oh well, 570 or 600 hp … The new low position on the lever at the steering wheel has a clear effect; the engine sounds just a bit quiet, so the V12 rumble just sounds. The automatic transmission keeps the gear a little longer. At the same time, flexible dampers with air suspension as well as live controls, a four-wheel drive and four-wheel drive ensures that the rolls are not disturbed by the rapid rotation on the track. It is still suitable for such a 2,500-pound animal. Air suspension helps keep the car level level, and the four-wheel drive contributes to stability at fast angles.
But make no mistake, the grounds remain a comfort and the evening drive back to Budapest feels more logical than a roundabout. Models such as the Mercedes-AMG S65 and even the Bentley Flying Spur are more sporty than the Ghost Black Badge, which cannot and does not want to have this feature. That was not his goal. But if you drive yourself, you will always go a little faster through the bend than the driver who takes care of you if you sit in the back. And that goes best with the Black Badge, as we see when we move around for a while in the usual Ghost. The car also differs more from the usual Ghost in terms of driving than the first generation, because the builders already knew that the Black Badge was planned during development.
Despite its name, it is not necessary to import Rolls in black. The creator prefers a different color, because the black elements then stand out more. By the way, there are no less than 40,000 colors to choose from, and of course the stylist will help you coordinate the interior and exterior. For example, you can compare brake calipers with upholstery, as well as a brush line on the side of the car. Or do you want two lines? Everything is possible.
Overall, the New Spirit is an amazing sight. Stronger and lower than the Phantom, but more current than its predecessor. In the dark, the illuminated grille hits you. As is well known, it is no longer on the BMW platform, but on the abbreviated base of the new Phantom. By default, it measures 5.55 meters; Extended is approximately 5.75 meters. For the Black Badge you pay around € 50,000 on a starting price of over € 450,000, but let’s face it: for a little Rolls there will be at least 1.5 to 2 tons of options.
The new Ghost is the pinnacle in all areas, also because it distances itself from the BMW 7 series. Suitable for this era of bloggers and social networks. The average buyer age has dropped dramatically at Rolls-Royce since the arrival of the first Ghost, which may also say something about the starting point. The fact is, however, that the brand is a hippopotamus and occurs among targeted young people who have the potential to buy in this segment. And then the Black Badge is undoubtedly the car that the buyer is going for.