Rolls-Royce has used the Geneva motor show to launch its new range of Black Badge cars.
Not unlike Bentley’s Speed range, such treatment sees the Ghost and Wraith benefit from a raft of assertive upgrades, with more power and dark metal detailing in place of dazzling chrome. Even the Flying Lady has become “a high-gloss black vamp”. Their words.
If Rolls is to believed, these cars offer a darker alter ego to their base models, and are for “the risk takers and disruptors who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention”.
They’re rather like the rest of the Rolls range, though, in that they major on the superlatives. For example, they’re daubed in what’s described as the “deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car,” all thanks to a painstaking painting process.
Unlike the fabled Ford Model T story, you can still have your Black Badge Rolls in any colour you like, though it would seem rather offensive to eschew the black after they’re gone to all that effort. But when you aim your car at ‘disruptive’ folk…
A dark exterior contrasts with some lurid interior colour choices, with the blue (Wraith) and purple (Ghost) pictured just two examples. It’s the more subtle stuff that will provide boardroom bragging rights, though; note the dashboard trim, which is an aluminium-threaded carbon composite, one that’s also used in stealth aircraft.
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