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Ghost of Christmas Present

Dec 05, 2014 02:41PM ● Published by Dia

Originally launched in 2009, the first edition Ghost set itself apart as the ultimate symbol of success while delivering several historic sales records for its manufacturer Rolls Royce. The perfect merger of prosperity and performance, the Ghost has the lavish interior of a boardroom and the effortless drivability of a sports car. The subtle redesign of the second series is the perfect accompaniment for the not-so grounded, jet-set.

The simplicity of the redesign starts with the powerful yet precise engine. So precise, the teams at Rolls dared to not even fine-tune the 6.6-liter 12-cylinder gem. The eclectic 8-speed gearbox however was another story. It is now equipped with Satellite Aided Transmission which utilizes GPS data to allow the car to predict the road ahead. That’s right, based on location, speed and driving style, the Ghost can actually anticipate its next move for a virtually effortless and tailored driving experience. In addition, re-designed front and rear struts allow for enhanced cornering abilities while upgraded hydraulic axle bearings provide reassuring rear stability and the ultimate in ride quality.

Subtle exterior lines have also been revised with bolder, contemporary cues that have been reimagined from front to back and culminate in a wider, more dynamic stance. A new bonnet design featuring a tapered ‘wake channel’ and further reaching, progressive ‘waft lines’ hint to the dynamic driving experience housed within. And like any bespoke experience, Rolls Royce has added new paint and wheel options to tantalize even the most discerning enthusiasts.

From within, there seemed to be little left to upgrade from the original Ghost of Rolls Royce past. However, the natural grain leather front seats now include electronically adjustable supports and depth adjustment for maximum comfort, while the rear seats have been carefully adjusted in an effort to augment communication with fellow passengers. Additional options are also found in the rich paldao and walnut crossband wood veneers of the interior cockpit.

After half a decade, the 2015 Rolls Royce Ghost gets a slight yet agreeable update and thus remains the epitome of premium luxury while boasting a starting price to match. Offering the automotive industry’s greatest technological advances has kept Rolls Royce relevant to the world’s captains of industry, entrepreneurs and wealth creators alike. If you find yourself within this set, congratulations, you’ve found the perfect power car.

DETAILS

Engine: TwinPower

Turbo 6.6-liter V-8

Horsepower: 563 hp

MPG: 13/20 mpg cty/hwy

0-60: 4.8 sec

MSRP: starting at

$250,000