Rolls Royce Black Badge Ghost launched in India
Touted as the alter ego of its conventional model, British luxury car maker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited has launched the Black Badge variant of its all-new, ultra-opulent sedan – the Ghost. The Black Badge Ghost was launched at a price of Rs 12.25 crore in India, although this is not the actual ex-showroom price of the vehicle. The Black Badge Ghost’s ex-showroom price will be revealed by the company once customers complete their commissioning process.
Touted as the purest Black Badge powered car in the brand’s history, the Black Badge Ghost has been considered the most technologically advanced Black Badge powered car to date. The British luxury marque’s range of Black Badge cars is more focused on a younger audience in the world of some Rolls Royce customers. And after the success of Black Badge models like the Wraith and Ghost launched in 2016, followed by Dawn in 2017 and Cullinan in 2019, this new iteration of the Ghost is no different.
Externally, the new Black Badge Ghost uses the body and design of the regular Ghost models, but has been elevated to Black Badge level by adding elements of aesthetic differentiation. The BB Ghost can be ordered by Rolls Royce in 44,000 “ready-to-wear” colors, however, the brand can paint the vehicle in any shade of color desired by its customers. Rolls Royce said the majority of Ghost models in their history have been ordered in the color black. The company has therefore created the purest black for the new BB Ghost which requires approximately 45 kg of paint with the addition of two coats of clear varnish.
The new Black Ghost also receives the optional hand-painted high-contrast Coachline as well as traditional Rolls-Royce features such as the Spirit of Ecstasy and Pantheon Grille. The model also features a set of bespoke 21-inch diamond-cut composite alloy wheels, finished with the brand’s infamous floating hubcap, which ensures the double R badge stays upright at all times.
Meanwhile, inside, the new BB Ghost gets a similar surround wrapped in luxury materials that have been the British carmaker’s forte for decades. However, the Black Badge model gets an intricate yet subtle diamond pattern weave deep into the carbon fiber trim to set it apart from the regular sedan. The model also gets black Bolivar veneer on the dash and around the interior, along with darkened air vent surrounds and other darkened interior trim that would otherwise have been chrome. The interior also gets a discreet chrome finish clock in the center with only twelve, three, six and nine o’clock. The BB Ghost also receives the signature Rolls Royce Shooting Star Starlight Headliner.
The new BB Ghost is powered by the same 6.75 liter V12 engine as the standard Ghost, but has been tweaked to deliver an additional 29hp and 50Nm of torque, resulting in a total output of 600hp and 900Nm of torque. couple. Bespoke gearbox and throttle treatments have also been added to the powertrain to aid the engine’s improved power reserves. Depending on throttle and steering inputs, the ZF eight-speed gearbox and front and rear steering axles work together to alter the amounts of feedback to the driver.