The Rolls-Royce Ghost has a reputation as a luxury car that's a bit coy. When it first appeared, it was a few vague sketches and a code name of RR4. Even as the lid was lifted off in 2009, things like specifications or even what it looked like were hard to come by. Fast forward to 2014, and last week, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the launch of its Ghost V-Specification; a limited series of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase that takes the more, relatively speaking, affordable Rolls-Royce and stirs in a bit more power and styling.
When the Ghost went on the market, it was the most powerful Roller up to that time. That crown’s gone to the Wraith, however that hasn't kept the company from tinkering with the Ghost, hence the V-Specification.
The original Ghost has a 6.5-liter V-12 engine that does 563 bhp (420 kW) and puts out 575 lb-ft (780 Nm) of torque. That gives it 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Meanwhile the V-Specification gets an additional 30 bhp (22 kW) of power. It’s governor still only lets it do 155 mph, but it hits 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds and 80 percent of power is available at idle.
Aside from powering a bit more into the engine, the Ghost V-Specification gets its own design motif that puts a tad more assertiveness into the coach lines and the paint scheme, and is available in five specially selected exterior colors or any of 44,000 choices from Rolls-Royce’s hue palette. Inside, the interior is, not surprisingly, hand crafted with engraved tread plates, an embroidered rear armrest, and a bespoke clock with a black crown surrounding the face
"This limited series celebrates one of Ghost’s defining characteristics; the exquisite 6.6 litre Rolls-Royce V12 engine," says Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "Since its introduction in 2009, an extraordinary marriage of assured presence and remarkable driving dynamics has endeared Ghost to a new generation of highly discerning businessmen and women, ensuring the car’s position as the statement of choice for a growing band of successful entrepreneurs around the world."
The Ghost V-Specification is available on commission until June of this year.