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Monday, November 23, 2020

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost: How we’d spec it



It’s always a glorious day each time a new Rolls-Royce gets unveiled, as the storied British luxury brand often takes at least 10 years between introducing new generations of its few models. But the very best part of a fresh Rolls unveiling isn’t seeing the photos or reading the long-winded press release, and even imagining which riviera you would like to drive it along. No, the best section of a new Rolls reveal may be the moment it goes survive the online configurator.

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Earlier this week Rolls-Royce debuted the new Ghost sedan, with the configurator becoming available the same day, sending my productivity in to a massive nosedive. Then I had the idea, “Why not distract all my co-workers, too?” And ergo sent them the task of designing their dream Rolls-Royce Ghosts.

Each Roadshow staffer can have to you, dear reader, the case as to the reasons their specific Ghost is the greatest one, after which you can be the judge. The specs will undoubtedly be presented in alphabetical order, except I’m going first because this story was my idea, and Craig Cole is last, because, well, just continue reading. Not every one participated, as you’ll see, but that’s since they were either (1) out from the office, or (2) too intimidated by my perfect spec to even bother competing.

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I’ve added a gallery at the conclusion showcasing more images of each and every person’s spec. Feel absolve to tweet at us all and tell us why you love, hate or are confused by our Ghost specs. Or check out the Ghost configurator to generate your own and tweet it to me personally, as I am the actual arbiter of taste only at Roadshow.

Daniel Golson’s Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended



A lot of my co-workers went for understated specs, that we wholeheartedly reject. Rolls-Royce offers such an absurd amount of colors ranging from blush pink to bright yellow and dark green to deep violet, so why can you go for a boring gray or blue? To that end, I picked a lovely two-tone combo of Twilight Purple and English White, that we think really highlights the redesigned Ghost’s styling. I obviously went for the gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy, because how will you not, and I set that off with gold pinstriping over the body side and across the center caps. Bling is vital on a vehicle like this, so I’ve gone for the fully polished 21-inch wheels and the visible exhaust tips. Oh, and I picked the long-wheelbase Extended model. Duh.

I took the purple, white and gold theme through to the inner, as well. My main leather colors are Tailored Purple and Grace White, with Forge Yellow piping and stitching (that’s the closest the configurator would let me reach gold, sadly). Now before you @ me referring to how dirty that white leather can get, let me remind you that in my Rolls-Royce ownership fantasy, I am both rich enough to hire visitors to clean my car and rich enough to wear designer clothes that do not leave residue. The super-fancy Serenity rear seat arrangement is a must-have, and I of course selected every single available interior option, ranging from rear picnic tables to embossed Spirit of Ecstasy logos in a lot of places.

I chose to cover most interior surfaces with the lovely purple, utilizing the white on the main seat area and in accents throughout the car, like on the armrests and upper parts of the doors. I also went for the white headliner, which I think will look incredible at night if the shooting stars light up. I eschewed old-fashioned wood trim in favor of Piano White, which covers the dashboard, center console and controls. Sadly, there clearly was no way to help make the carpets, dash top or main controls hub match the Tailored Purple or Grace White exactly, so they really had to be black in this configuration.

My spec is absolutely the very best, and I believe Rolls-Royce should just build this Ghost and allow me to have it for free, chauffeur included. But if you’d like to start to see the specs plumped for by my colleagues it is possible to read on. Some of them are good, I assume…

Steven Ewing’s Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended



I love blues, and Rolls-Royce supplies a number that basically speak to me. That’s why my Ghost Extended (the standard-wheelbase version is for the daft, obviously) is painted in Iguazu Blue, with a Premiere Silver contrast to separation the huge expanses of color. The darker-finish 21-inch wheels look great with this particular combo, and naturally, I’m having the wheel centers color-matched to the contrast shade. I’m maybe not tacky, all things considered.

I’m gonna pat myself on the shoulder for what I’ve ordered inside; I think this car looks great, and better than every one else’s. The blue theme continues with Navy on the main panels and cushions, with Grace White inserts and super-subtle Scivaro Grey contrast piping. The tyre is done up in Navy, too, and I made a decision to bring out the Scivaro Grey with the addition of it to the lambswool floormats. Open-pore wood sets a nice contrast to everything and I’d be a moron not to spec the Starlight Headliner or Illuminated Fascia. Stars, you guys!

Option-wise, I’m somewhat heavy-handed, but I’m also a gazillionaire, so who cares? Full captain’s chairs in the back with a console in between, which of course houses a small cooler to keep my champagne cold. I’ll simply take all the tech options, too. The only thing I’m leaving up for grabs? Changes to the Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood. She’s already the epitome of glamour, so just why bling her up?

Antuan Goodwin’s Rolls-Royce Ghost



My original plan was to go for a monochromatic theme — all-black outside, all-white cabin — but I was not loving the configurator’s results, mostly because there’s no dark chrome Black Badge option yet. Then I accidentally clicked on the Commissioned Collection Twilight Purple paint and just fell in love. So, that’s the hue I’m choosing for the surface with the 21-inch, 10-spoke polished wheels and chrome exhaust methods for maximum head-turnage.

Inside, I somewhat stuck to my monochrome goal with mostly Grace White leather. I also went with Blackwood trim with the open-pore finish; I’m simply not a fan of glossy bits. Tailored purple touches and details — piping and stitching, floor mats, door pockets and a dash of dashboard trim — brings some of the exterior flash inside but does not overwhelm the black-and-white aesthetic.

Tech hasn’t historically been Rolls-Royce’s strong suit, so I’m maybe not expecting much from the dashboard infotainment, but that didn’t stop me from optioning the massive Rear Theatre displays and Bespoke Audio system. Obviously, always check the boxes for the illuminated dashboard fascia and shooting star ceiling. Would this even be a Rolls without them?

Kyle Hyatt’s Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended



My theme when configuring the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost was to prevent most of the new-money cliches. I live in a town where I see late-model Rolls-Royces all the time, and friend, many of them are not aging well.

My Ghost, with its subtle shade of blue, tan-and-blue interior and minimal flashy extras, is intended to not only convey an expression of style, sophistication and class but in addition to maximize resale value. I’m not likely to want to be the guy with the old new Rolls-Royce. That distinct thinking also led me to spitefully include the Starlight Headliner, which I’d never start.

Being a big gentleman of around 6-feet, 4-inches tall, the extended-wheelbase version was mandatory, as were the Serenity seats. Everything in the car is intended to be relaxing if you ask me as a passenger while my driver — Roadshow’s Managing Editor, Steven Ewing, obvs — relates to the concerns of the exterior world.

Andrew Krok’s Rolls-Royce Ghost



As an alumnus of the University of Illinois, orange and blue has long been a well liked color mixture of mine. For this Ghost, my interior went because direction, with a monochromatic Navy blue getup interspersed with orange accents for piping and, of course, the lambswool floor mats. I couldn’t locate a suitably gray shade of open-pore wood, so I went with something closer to black.

I wished to keep orange alive externally, and since I am not in the business of searing retinas, I opted to have a double coachline done in Mandarin, with that color extending to pin stripes across the wheel’s center caps. Since Navy blue is really a bit much both inside and out, I plumped for a nice shade of Anthracite that still provides the contrast to allow the orange pop.

Tim Stevens’ Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended



First off, disregard the missing controls, as the configurator glitched out. The most critical choice here’s of course along with. I know green is ultratrendy right now but I’m still a sucker for a great vermillion, and Rolls has two options before you dip in to its custom catalog. I went with Imperial Jade, by having an off-white coachline to help give this slab-sided beauty much more profile presence.

I continued that color through to the main interior color, augmenting that with open-pore Mimosa Negra wood and all of the RR monograms you can buy. Beyond that, I naturally added all the driver-assistance tech being offered, took the absolute most comfortable Serenity Seats to offer my passengers the absolute most luxury possible in my extended-wheelbase car, and capped it off with a set of color-matched umbrellas. Very necessary.

Sean Szymkowski’s Rolls-Royce Ghost



Basically, Iguazu Blue spoke to me. After totally digging this shade the most, I built anything else around it. I kept things pretty tame outside and made a decision to go with brighter accents, instead of smoked options.

Inside, I went the alternative way and chose to simply take the cockpit into a darker palette with open-pore Blackwood as the highlight. And obviously I find the rear center console. This is freaking Rolls, man. Everyone ought to be comfy as can be and never squished on the hump seat. With lots of dark tones going on, I let the interior brightwork speak for it self with a white-faced bespoke clock plus some airy vibes with the Illuminated Fascia.

Craig Cole’s Rolls-Royce Ghost



The Rolls-Royce Ghosts my esteemed colleagues have built range between merely garish to downright ghastly. None of their plumped for color combinations or interior appointments do that ultraluxury sedan justice. Indeed, it takes someone with a jaundiced eye, a discriminating palate to precisely customize one of these simple automobiles, to make sure it remains worthy of wearing that Spirit of Ecstasy. Really, Personally i think for the indegent souls; should they weren’t low class, they’d have no class at all.

Kicking things off, two-tone paint is vital, with the lighter hue above the waterline then one darker below. The main color I opted for is named Lyrical Copper, a rich, foreboding red. It’s offset with a tannish hue called Petra Gold, which seems like it was splashed onto the roof and then flowed down the pillars to coat the trunk lid and hood. Naturally, the wheel centers are painted to match the accent color for a little flair. Adding a bit more sparkle are chromed exhaust outlets and a gold-plated hood ornament.

Inside, I chose leather colors that match the paint: red and tan. Glossy burl walnut furnishings on the dashboard, doors as well as steering wheel add richness and depth as to the is otherwise an extremely understated cabin. The light-up Starlight Headliner is mandatory. With extended piping, a smattering of monograms and the Technical Bespoke Clock, my preferred dashboard-mounted timepiece, this is actually the perfect Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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