Rolls-Royce Kuala Lumpur has launched the Black Badge Ghost in Malaysia starting from RM1.8 million before options and duties. The unit you see here, fitted with specific options, starts from RM2.39 mil before options and duties. There will not be an extended wheelbase version of the Black Badge Ghost.
The standard Rolls-Royce Ghost starts at RM1,450,000 while the extended-wheelbase model starts from RM1,650,000. Both prices are excluding duties and options.
For starters, being a Black Badge, most of the essential details on the outside, such as the badges and Spirit of Ecstacy are finished in black. The front grille is also given the same treatment but can now illuminate when the headlamps are turned on.
The car in the images has been finished with an Arctic White colour, along with the optional double coachline stretching across the entire side profile of the car. Rolls-Royce offers over 44,000 different colours to choose from and is also capable of making an entirely new colour to mimic whichever shade the customer wishes.
The standard Black Badge Ghost comes with a signature Black exterior and is what Rolls-Royce considers to be the industry’s darkest black. To achieve that, 45 kg of black paint is applied to the body, which has a white base. After two layers of clear coat, the surface is hand-polished by a team of four to achieve a high-gloss piano finish.
The 21-inch wheels are also another signature detail of the Black Badge Ghost. It’s made of 22 layers of carbon fibre folded onto itself, creating 44 layers of carbon fibre – allowing the wheels to be light but incredibly strong at the same time.
Inside, the “RR” logo embossed on the door panel and headrests, along with the Central Cooler Chamber (essentially a fridge behind the rear armrest) are among the options selected in this unit.
The highlight of the interior, aside from the Starlight Headliner, are the Technical Fibre trims found on the dashboard, centre console, and door panels of the car.
The patterns are aligned by hand to create a 3D effect before a protective coat is applied. Each trim is then cured for an hour at 100-degress Celcius before being sand blasted and coated with six layers of lacquer. Each of the trims are then hand-sanded and polished before being fitted.
As for the mechanical bits, the 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine now makes an extra 29 hp and 50 Nm, with 600 hp and 900 Nm to drive all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Black Badge Ghost also comes with rear-wheel steer. As a result, 0 to 100 km/h is 0.1 seconds quicker at 4.7 seconds.
In an unconventional focus on driving performance, the transmission has been tweaked to offer 50% quicker gear shifts while the biting point of the brake pedal has been raised and its pedal travel reduced for more confidence-inspiring braking power. The Black Badge even gets a sports exhaust system that’s just a tad growlier than the standard car. Even the car’s air suspension has been tweaked to further reduce body roll!