By Satchel B. Jester
There are two words that instantly note the best of anything: Rolls-Royce. The brand, a portfolio of the world’s most stunning cars (if we dare reduce them to that title), presents its newest offerings: The Wraith and The Ghost Series II—vehicles that maintain the benchmark for rare, luxurious, high-profile savoir-faire on wheels. From detailed hand craftsmanship to bespoke customization, these machines are as Hollywood as red carpets and golden statues.
The Wraith has been deemed the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever built and thanks to its 6.6-litre twin turbo V12 engine, this monster’s top speed clocks in at 155mph and accelerating from 0 to 60 mph takes only 4.4 seconds (an eight-speed automatic transmission feeds the need for speed). Forget those now ubiquitous steering wheel paddles, instead a little button on the hand carved column stalk controls the gearbox, enabling the lower gears. On the road, this beauty clears 15 mpg city/highway and its distinguished profile is only heightened by the arch of an aristocratic grill and a long, stately front hood.
Wood, leather and steel are the elements that make up the car’s universe and the doors open backwards because of intricate hinging. Opt for bespoke options including an illuminated or gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament and glass rooftop. Throw in ambient lighting, reading lights and plush lambswool floor mats and you’re ready to roll with the heavyweights. The coup de grace: the impressive starlight headliner—a gathering of 1,400 tiny individual fiber optic lamps hand-woven into the roof lining to achieve the effect of a starpeppered sky.
The Ghost Series II
Rolls-Royce has upped the ante on a previous model and crafted the perfect amalgam of effortless dynamism, modern luxury and industry-leading technology with the Ghost Series II. The re-sculpted headlights, with stunning, unbroken daytime running lights frame a new, more dynamic shape, giving it a distinct visual signature from the front. Subtle resculpting of the bumpers creates a stronger stance and a sense of extra width and height and the new optional 21-inch forged wheels and standard 19-inch wheels ensure that the model remains a perfectly executed, contemporary expression of opulence. With the same 6.6-litre V12 engine as its predecessor, the II sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. The Ghost Series II also off ers a full suite of connectivity from multimedia streaming to live traffic information and an on-board WiFi network to bring third party devices online. Simply put: buckle up and ride out.