It’s considered the most dynamic and technologically advanced car in the entire Rolls-Royce range, and now, for the first time ever, the ultra-limited edition Black Badge Ghost is available in Australia.
First debuted on the Wraith and Ghost in 2016, followed by the Dawn in 2017, and then the Cullinan in 2019, the Black Badge designation is aimed at buyers wanting to drive themselves. This also explains its performance focus.
The Black Badge Ghost features a drivetrain and chassis that’s been re-engineered to deliver 441kW of power and a whopping 900Nm of torque from its 6.75-litre twin turbocharged V12 engine. It’s paired to an 8-speed transmission.
It’s equipped with all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and the award-winning planar suspension system. For Black Badge, more voluminous air springs to alleviate body roll under more assertive cornering have also been fitted.
As with all products in the marque’s Black Badge portfolio, the ‘Low’ button situated on the gear selection stalk unlocks a full suite of technologies. This is asserted by the amplification of the motor car’s engine through an entirely new exhaust system.
To bolster confidence when exploiting Black Badge Ghost, the braking bite point has been raised and pedal travel decreased.
While it can be specified in any of the marque’s 44,000 ‘ready-to-wear’ colours, or a bespoke hue, the overwhelming majority of those choosing this darker expression of the Ghost to date, have selected the signature Black.
The iconic Rolls-Royce hallmarks such as the high-polished Spirit of Ecstasy and Pantheon Grille have been ‘subverted’. Instead of simply painting these components, a specific chrome electrolyte is introduced on the stainless-steel substrate, darkening the finish.
Each of these components is precision-polished by hand to achieve a mirror-black chrome finish before it is fitted to the motor car. The exterior treatment resolves with a bespoke 21-inch composite wheelset, made with carbon fibre and titanium.
Inside, the Black Badge speaks of boldness, with advanced luxury materials meticulously created and crafted for a unique ambience in the interior suite. A complex but subtle weave that incorporates a deep diamond pattern rendered in carbon and metallic fibres features.
Multiple wood layers are pressed onto the interior component substrates, using black Bolivar veneer for the uppermost base layer. This forms a dark foundation for the Technical Fibre layers that follow.
Leaves woven from resin-coated carbon and contrasting metal-coated thread laid in a diamond pattern are applied by hand to the components in perfect alignment, creating a three-dimensional effect.
Air vent surrounds on the dashboard and in the rear cabin are darkened using physical vapour deposition, one of the few methods of colouring metal that ensures parts will not discolour or tarnish over time or through repeated use.
It’s also the only model to feature the mathematical symbol for potential infinity.
Found within the motor car’s interior, this graphic, also known as the Lemniscate, was applied to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s record-breaking Rolls-Royce powered Blue Bird K3 hydroplane and signifies an unrelenting pursuit of power.
The 2022 Rolls-Royce Black Badge Ghost is available now. Pricing in Australia starts from $745,000 plus on-roads – however as this is a bespoke motor vehicle, actual costs are dependent on the buyer’s specification.