Currently reading: Rolls-Royce Ghost gets Black Badge treatment
Luxury saloon gets more dynamic brief and bespoke styling to appeal to younger customers

Rolls-Royce has revealed the latest model in its Black Badge series: The new Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge.

A more powerful and more individual version of the luxury saloon introduced last year, the Ghost Black Badge is, like other Black Badge models, is aimed at bringing younger buyers into the Rolls-Royce brand.

It uses a 29bhp more powerful version of the standard Rolls Royce Rolls-Royce Ghost’s twin-turbocharged 6.75-litre V12 engine, boosted to 592bhp. Torque is increased by 37lb ft to a maximum of 664lb ft, all of which is available from just 1700rpm.

The all-wheel-drive Ghost Black Badge adds a new ‘Low’ driving mode, which sharpens up numerous driving functions, including gearshifts from the eight-speed automatic gearbox that are made 50% quicker and a tweaked exhaust note.

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Other dynamic tweaks over the donor car include more voluminous air springs that are designed to reduce body roll under hard cornering, a bespoke throttle map, revised tuning for the all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering systems, and the raising of the brake pedal’s biting point while reducing its travel, although the standard braking system has been retained from the Ghost despite the increase in power.

Styling-wise, the exterior of the Ghost Black Badge borrows many flourishes from its Black Badge siblings, the Rolls Royce Rolls-Royce Dawn, Rolls Royce Rolls-Royce Wraith and Rolls Royce Rolls-Royce Cullinan. These include darker chrome shade for the exterior brightwork, grille and the Spirit of Ecstasy, and the 21in alloy wheel design.

Inside, there are black wood veneers and technical fabrics and a more ‘subdued’ tone for the interior brightwork, alongside a bespoke, minimalist interior clock that’s flanked by a new design for the Ghost’s LED illuminated fascia.

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The Black Badge series has been crucial in reducing the average age of Rolls-Royce buyers, which has dropped from 56 to 43 for the brand to have the youngest average age of buyer in the BMW Group. CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös said Black Badge is now “such an integral part of the brand” for Rolls-Royce.

Such is their popularity that Black Badge models account for up 40% of all Rolls-Royces sold, far greater than the 15% that Rolls originally envisaged when it was first introduced on the Wraith in 2016. 

The Ghost Black Badge is available to order now priced from £325,000.

Mark Tisshaw

Title: Editor

Mark is a journalist with more than a decade of top-level experience in the automotive industry. He first joined Autocar in 2009, having previously worked in local newspapers. He has held several roles at Autocar, including news editor, deputy editor, digital editor and his current position of editor, one he has held since 2017.

From this position he oversees all of Autocar’s content across the print magazine, website, social media, video, and podcast channels, as well as our recent launch, Autocar Business. Mark regularly interviews the very top global executives in the automotive industry, telling their stories and holding them to account, meeting them at shows and events around the world.

Mark is a Car of the Year juror, a prestigious annual award that Autocar is one of the main sponsors of. He has made media appearances on the likes of the BBC, and contributed to titles including What Car?Move Electric and Pistonheads, and has written a column for The Sun.

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Andrew1 28 October 2021
"to appeal to younger customers"
I've always felt this, Rolls and Range Rover are for old farts. Now I know.
Overdrive 28 October 2021

What's wrong with old farts?

Andrew1 28 October 2021
They stink?
Peter Cavellini 28 October 2021

Great looking car, till, you open the Door, that combo of Color's is a bit....odd shall we say?

Just Saying 28 October 2021
... Shall you say Peter!
I expect the Black to do very well.
Looks great inside and out in my eyes.