The Black Badge has an assertive, agile, and powerful nature. This is the purest Rolls-Royce vehicle ever made in the history of the brand
by Francesco Michienzi
Extremely special – already in the black colour characterising its livery – the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost flaunts an extra-pure design. The fittings have been conceived for a dynamic and young audience. Its signature style is the bold design, dark appearance, and strong-willed character, but there is also a strong focus on the mechanics to delight all passengers with a thrilling experience.
A concept that is perfectly in line with the fittings of the Black Badge, where black dominates the visual experience of the car, aside from being the darkest hue of production varnish ever used in the automotive industry. A result that could be obtained thanks to the special colour applications performed by hand, but above all, thanks to the high quantities of paint used in the process: 45 kilograms of black paint to cover the bodywork of the Ghost from one end to the other. The same attention has been paid to the distinctive traits of the brand – the Spirit of Ecstasy and the Pantheon Grille – components that now feature a 1-micrometre-thick hand-polished black chrome plating.
The 21-inch alloy rims are also black painted, with a specific design visibly dedicated to the Black Badge model. Each rim is moulded by intersecting 44 layers of carbon fibre, which are then wrapped on a 3D-printed aluminium hub. Of course, the level of luxury reaches even higher inside the cabin. Wood, carbon fibre, and leather as far as the eye can see make every interior unique thanks to endless customization options.
The black details on the instrument panel and the tunnel recall the Black Badge’s main theme, while on the passenger side, the dashboard has been enriched with 850 ‘stars’. If the customer wishes, the Rolls-Royce Ghost can be embellished with an embroidered infinity symbol on the seats, the distinctive element of every Black Badge.
In addition to extreme luxury, the top-of-the-range version of the Ghost has even more refined mechanics and trim. The 6.75-litre V12 engine provides 29 hp more than a standard model, reaching 600 hp, while the torque has been boosted to 900 Nm (+50 Nm). The powertrain and the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission were recalibrated to handle the extra power without sacrificing the comfortable handling of the car.
(Rolls-Royce, Black Badge ghost – Barchemagazine.com – March 2022)