The Black Badge moniker joined the Rolls-Royce lineup in 2016, first atop the Wraith coupe, followed by the Dawn convertible and Cullinan SUV, then with the last generation Ghost sedan. It’s five years later and the Black Badge trim is still proving hugely prosperous for the company; Rolls-Royce says that 27 percent of the vehicles it sells worldwide are now Black Badge models.
With that success in mind, the new and much-improved Ghost is the latest car to get the more sinister treatment. This is the 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge, and it builds on the success of Black Badge models before it by adding more power, enhanced styling, and as we found out firsthand in a brief drive along the beach, improved dynamics.
Powering the Ghost Black Badge is the same twin-turbocharged 6.8-liter V12 as in the base model. But now that engine delivers 592 horsepower (435 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 newton-meters), an improvement of 29 hp and 37 lb-ft over the base Ghost. It’s paired to a reworked ZF eight-speed automatic with a “Low” mode – the Rolls equivalent of Sport – which applies power up to 50 percent quicker and is exclusive to all Black Badge models.
We got behind the wheel of the new Ghost Black Badge briefly – don’t worry, a full first drive is coming later next month – and hustled the hefty sedan down a makeshift “drag strip” adjacent to Miami Beach. The power improvements were immediately noticeable; low-end torque was more plentiful, and it’s available now at just 1,900 RPM. The engine made a slightly more aggressive sound, too, thanks to the upgraded exhaust, and there was a noticeable difference in low-end power application.
For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.