> Most powerful Ghost to date
> Twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine
> More dynamic handling
> Dark theme
> Priced from £325,000
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a very important model for the British marque, striking a balance between being chauffeur driven for business, but also driven by its owners for pleasure. More potent Black Badge cars have given a little bit more thought to the latter, and now it’s the turn of this latest Ghost model.
Visually, the car retains its sophisticated look and signature Rolls-Royce traits. A large upright grille announces its arrival, but much of the car’s brightwork is now finished in black for a more sporting look. New 21-inch alloy wheels fill its arches and also feature a dark tone.
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge’s cabin is as opulent as you’d expect from a manufacturer with this sort of reputation for excellence. High-quality materials and handcrafted details make this space truly special. This model hosts darkened chrome and carbon can be had in place of more traditional wooden materials. Of course, Rolls-Royce are willing to create a more bespoke interior should you desire.
A widescreen display provides all of your entertainment needs and runs a slick operating system. It’s easy to use, logically laid out, and based on BMW’s excellent iDrive – one of the best pieces of software in the business. Also, expect the usual Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
The rear cabin provides plenty of space for passengers to relax and enjoy the near-silent nature of their new car. You can have reclining seats that heat, cool, and massage you into a state of bliss. Screens can also be fitted to allow for work to be down on the move or to provide more entertainment for longer trips.
A surprisingly large boot opening grants you access to 507-litres of cargo capacity, something that happily accommodates luggage for trips away. It is usefully larger than the boot found on the Bentley Flying Spur.
As mentioned, this is the most powerful Rolls-Royce Ghost to date, meaning that its twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine now produces 592bhp. Torque is also up to a colossal 900Nm.
Rolls-Royce has yet to publish any performance figures for the Black Badge, but expect it to be a smidge faster than the standard 0-62mph sprint of 4.8 seconds.
Alterations to the air springs, throttle mapping, and rear-wheel steering system aims to make this big car handle a little sharper. Rolls-Royce isn’t trying to compromise on its civility, instead just give it a hint of athleticism.
As you can imagine, a Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge does not come cheap and commands a considerable premium over the standard car. However, if you’re in the market for one of the finest automobiles on the road, head to your local dealership with £325,000 in hand.
You can order the latest Black Badge model right now with deliveries expected in early 2022.