Rolls-Royce, the ultimate in opulence and luxury, bearing the ultimate price tag, has launched its latest offering for the Indian market. The Ghost Series II has been launched at a staggering price of Rs- 4.5 crore (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The car replaces the Ghost Series which was introduced in India in 2009. The Series II will be available in two variants – Standard and Extended Wheelbase.
On the outside, the car gets modest revisions. The face features a new grille, chrome lined air intakes, redesigned bumpers and the most noticeable change in the form of a new headlight design. The headlamp assembly houses LED lights in the centre surrounded by an uninterrupted DRL strip. The side profile gets newly designed standard 19-inch alloys while 21-inch wheels can be brought as options. The rear also has restyled bumpers, tail lights and twin chrome-plated exhaust pipes.
Interiors signify the best in comfort, luxury, craftsmanship and quality. Unlimited customization options add to the exclusivity and so does the hand polished veneer as well as the hand-stitched full grain leather. A bespoke audio system with 18 speakers all over the cabin delivers a rich listening experience. A 10.2-inch infotainment system accessible via a smartphone like touchpad can be used to control virtually all the in-car functions. Seamless internet connectivity is achieved by means of a wireless hotspot.
Under the hood, a massive 6.6litre V12 engine supplies power to the rear wheels. Power figures are impressive and performance is sprightly for a car of this size. The BMW 7-series derived V12 produces 563bhp and 780Nm of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The acceleration to 100kmph from a standstill takes just 4.9 seconds and top speed is limited to 250kmph (155mph). The novel feature of the gearbox is that it is satellite aided, which means it can read the road ahead and select the optimum gear change thereby reducing unnecessary shifts.
The Extended Wheelbase variant has the same dimensions with regards to width and height but at 5569mm is 170mm longer than the Standard trim. This results in a huge increase of 170mm of legroom at the rear bench adding to a feeling of palatial proportions.
The Ghost Series II is placed between the Phantom and the Wraith in the luxury manufacturer’s Indian portfolio and will likely account for most of the sales if history is taken in to account. The recent year on year increase in custom duty structure which at this point stands at 100 per cent will definitely make selling this ultra-luxurious car a lot tougher for Rolls-Royce, who are hoping for a much better performance in the coming year. Whether their fortunes will change for the better remains to be seen.
Read our previous in-depth article on the Ghost Series II here.