Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II revealed in Geneva
Rolls-Royce launched the Ghost Series II at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show this week. The British luxury carmaker has made minor updates to the Roll-Royce Ghost’s exterior for the Series II, whereas the interior gets more gadgetry to play with.
Looking from the outside, the Ghost Series II gets redesigned LED headlights with daytime running headlamps. The bonnet and bumpers have been slightly updated as well to give it a sense of more width and height. Chrome inserts are added to the front intakes which now feed more air for cooling the front brakes. 19-inch alloy wheels come as standard on the Series II, while 21-inch wheels are available as an option.
Inside, the Ghost Series II gets new seats. Front passengers get electronically-adjustable thigh supports, while the rear seats have a ‘Lounge seat’ setting where they angle towards each other for a more “intimate setting”. The seats, which can be reclined for comfort, are available with three-level heating and optional massage function. New soft-touch material has been used for the interior, while the leather treatment can be optionally extended to the A and C pillars. New paint colours and two new Bespoke customisation options, Paldao and Walnut Burr Crossband, have been added as well.
Under the hood, the Ghost Series II gets the same 6.6-litre V12 motor, producing 563 hp and 780 Nm of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Satellite Aided Transmission, which was first seen on the Rolls-Royce Wraith, has been added as standard on the Series II. This feature uses GPS information to make adjustments to gear shifts, based on your driving style and location. For example, when approaching a sweeping bend and the driver lifts the accelerator, it will hold the lower gear to ensure maximum power is available on accelerating through the exit of the corner.
Roll-Royce claim ride quality and rear stability have further improved, thanks to new rear hydraulic axle bearings. A Dynamic driving package is also available for Ghost Series II customers, which gives the car redesigned front and rear struts, combined with a new steering gear and adjusted dampers to increase cornering ability, while giving more feedback through a thicker steering wheel.
We will definitely spot a few of them driving around UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other GCC countries by next winter.
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