Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Refines Luxury in Geneva

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Let’s set things straight you luxury-passionate people - Rolls-Royce doesn’t use facelifts. Instead, it comes with gentle revamps called “Series II”, all in the effort to avoid making owners of initial models feel left behind. Well, the Geneva Motor Show marks this kind of occasion for the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
The most obvious change is a set of LED headlights, but, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that many of the panels have been gently retouched. The front and rear aprons are fresher, while Rolls-Royce exposes its styling fetish by explaining that the “wake channel” starting underneath the Spirit of Ecstasy has been tampered.

Of course, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke personalization program can now wrap the aforementioned styling cues in a wider range of colors, while the alloy wheels choices are now even broader.

Going past the massive doors, we find front seats that now have adjustable thigh supports and special depth adjustment. As for the all-important rear seats, these were “subtly re-angled to augment effortless communication with fellow passengers.”

As for the range of leather and trim materials, this goes even further into exclusivity land. The new Paldao and Walnut Burr Crossband veneers are an example as good as any.

When describing the design of the Ghost Series II, Rolls-Royce repeatedly uses the word “dynamic”. It appears that this has an actual translation in the luxury sedan’s tech upgrades. The suspension was tweaked, while opting for the Dynamic Driving Package brings stiffer dampers. In addition, the steering gear is updated. The Ghost already featured a steering that knew how to reward the driver while keeping the back seat occupants happy, so this is great news.

The rear axle features new hydraulic bearings that boost ride quality - this was one of the few gripes we had while test driving the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

More importantly, the Satellite Aided Transmission travels beyond the Wraith, finding its way to the Ghost Series II. The tech allows the gearbox to be prepared for various situations based on data coming from the GPS. We tested this on the Wraith and while it is an improvement, it’s very difficult to spot its effects, simply because the transmissions in these cars are barely present as far as sensations go.

As for the power department, Rolls-Royce only mentions the Ghost’s 6.6-liter V12, so we will, most likely, be left with the current output of 564 hp and 575 lb-ft (780 Nm) of torque.
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