2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost Gets Lavish Black Badge Model
Rolls-Royce says that nearly a third of the cars it sells receive its Black Badge treatment, and it’s now adding the blacked-out trim to the new Ghost sedan. The latest Ghost now rides on the same platform as the Phantom sedan and Cullinan SUV and Rolls says it’s all about “post opulence.” This new Black Badge version follows suit.
To finish the Ghost Black Badge in the dark black paint job, Rolls-Royce uses 100 pounds of black paint, and the process takes up to five hours. Then the car receives two layers of clear coat and is hand polished. The Spirit of Ecstasy and grille are then coated with a special chrome electrolyte and also polished by hand to create a black chrome finish. Black Badge models ride on a set of unique 21-inch carbon fiber wheels, and Rolls lightly tints the wheels so the 44-layer carbon weave is still visible on the rims.
The new Ghost has an updated interior with new digital instruments, and it places emphasis on materials such as metal, wood, and leather. The Black Badge model pictured here has a bright blue Turchese leather interior with an intricate diamond patterned carbon and metallic fiber weave in the trim and a black Bolivar wood veneer base layer. The Black Badge infinity logo is etched into the trim above the rear seat champagne cooler, and, of course, there’s the starlit headliner, a Rolls-Royce staple.
For 2021, standard Ghost models are powered by a 563-hp 6.7-liter V-12. The Black Badge increases output to 592 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The ZF eight-speed transmission and throttle were also specifically tuned for the Black Badge models to enhance the increased power from the 12-cylinder engine, Rolls says. The new Ghosts have all-wheel drive, air springs, and rear-axle steering.
Customers can order their own Ghost Black Badge now. Pricing is expect to start around $400,000, as the 2021 Rolls Royce Ghost starts at $314,400.