by Tony West
The Rolls Royce Ghost II was unveiled earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show. It intends to lead the high-end luxury sedan segment, specifically those in the $200k range. Seemingly the only real competition to the Ghost II is Bentley’s Flying Spur, and well the Rolls Royce Ghost.
Nobody does first-class luxury like Rolls Royce, so the Ghost II just needed a little updating to its already amazing premium features to make it a more youthful executive whip. Maybach and Bentley are arguably more popular among millionaires under 40 years old. And designers of the Rolls Royce Ghost hope to change that with updates like on-board Wi-Fi, 20 inch wheels, chrome exterior elements, and attractive “yacht lines” that give a slightly more muscular stance.
The Rolls Royce Ghost II is equipped with a 6.6 liter V12 engine with 563 horsepower and 575 lb-ft of torque. The Ghost II has a top speed of 155 mph and goes from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. The V12 is mated to an 8-speed ZF gearbox. A combined EPA of 13 mpg isn’t great, but the interior makes up for the frequent trips to the pump.
Inside the 2014 Rolls Royce Ghost II is posh as expected with ultra premium natural grain leather that can be added to the A and C pillars. The lounge seat design is desirable to executives who can use the reclining feature in the rear along with the hands free phone, HD screen, and optional massager. The driver’s seat has a power cushion extender for added comfort.
Very cool is the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller that utilizes a smart pad to control navigation, Bluetooth, and infotainment via the 10 inch HD screen. The Rolls Royce Ghost II also has Bespoke Audio that features 18 speakers. And the Ghost II is equipped with over 20G of storage.
Much of the safety and powertrain technology hasn’t been revealed yet, but one very cool enhancement we know about is the Satellite Aided Transmission technology that anticipates the best gear by analyzing GPS data. That means the Ghost II sees into the future. The Dynamic Driving Package includes upgrades to suspension, struts, steering, and damping. The 2014 Rolls Royce Ghost will sell for around $278k.