Rolls-Royce unveils new Ghost Series II

DrivingTalk goes to Rolls-Royce HQ for a big reveal

By Tim Kendall | 4th March 2014

Here’s one for the Sir Alan’s amongst us. This is the new Rolls Royce Ghost Series II – unveiled simultaneously in Geneva and Goodwood this morning. DrivingTalk was at Rolls HQ in Goodwood to see the dust sheets come off.

The original Ghost, launched in 2009 has been a runaway success for Rolls-Royce, bringing ever more converts to the famed Spirit of Ecstasy. Indeed so successful has it been, that it’s now the most popular car in the €200,000 + class, although of course you knew that already didn’t you? No wonder Rolls hasn’t messed too much with the formula for the facelifted version.

The new 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II – what’s new?

It’s a case of evolution rather than revolution. At the front are re-worked LED headlights and what Rolls term ‘revised surface treatments’. There’s a new bonnet with ‘wake channels’ intended to evoke a jet’s vapour trails, whilst subtly re-sculpted bumpers create a greater sense of width and a broader stance according to Rolls’ designers. Oh and the ‘waft line’ (the crease along its flanks) has been re-jigged to further emphasise ‘effortless dynamism’.  So they’ve tweaked it here and there then.

2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost II

And what about the interior of the Ghost II?

According to RR CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the Ghost II is ‘an oasis of calm in a frenetic business world’. It’s very much aimed at captains of industry, entrepreneurs and ‘successful business men and women who are the wealth and job creators in our economies’. Language carefully picked by a wordy marketing bod no doubt, but these are the types of people who will appreciate the ability to run their empires from the back of the Ghost II.  The new car features on-board wi-fi, enabling email, file-sharing and video-conferencing. Revised satellite navigation and the rather effective satellite aided transmission (‘SAT’) first seen on the 2013 Wraith also make an appearance. SAT uses GPS signals to ensure the Ghost II’s 8-speed ZF gearbox will hold the right gear for a coming corner.

There are also re-designed front seats with electronically adjustable thigh supports and a revised rear seat design with a ‘lounge seat’ configuration which angles the seats towards each other for a more sociable, intimate setting, says Rolls.

Elsewhere, re-worked instrument dials and clocks which feature polished metal chaplets are said to evoke the precision design of luxury handmade watches.

2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost II

Any changes to the Ghost’s oily bits?

There’s no mention of any revisions to the business end of things – so assume the 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 soldiers on with its ample power reserves of 563hp and 575lb ft of torque. However, Ghost II does benefit from re-designed front and rear suspension struts, new steering gear and re-tuned dampers and a thicker steering wheel to enhance things in the twisty bits. New hydraulic rear axle bearings are also said to improve rear stability and ride quality.

2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost Pictures

By Tim Kendall
4th March 2014

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