You probably know the first-gen Rolls-Royce Ghost is saying goodbye this year. As a fitting sendoff, Rolls-Royce is making fifty examples of the 2019 Ghost Zenith Collection. Featuring the highest level of bespoke luxury, the Ghost Zenith Collection celebrates the success of a nameplate that became the cornerstone of Rolls-Royce motor cars.
The Ghost is the most successful Rolls-Royce ever built
Based on the Rolls-Royce 200EX Concept of 2009, the Ghost immediately became the most successful Rolls-Royce motor car ever built. The Ghost attracted a new and younger generation of wealthy buyers to the Rolls-Royce brand.
“Ghost is the most successful Rolls-Royce ever created and the Zenith Collection marks an important milestone in our modern history,” said Torsten Muller-Otvos, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “This unique Collection provides patrons of the marque with a rare opportunity to own a motor car truly evocative of our time.”
Part of this has something to do with the prestige of arriving in the most revered and luxurious automotive nameplate in the planet, but a huge chunk of the success is attributed to the sporting driving dynamics of the Ghost. It’s a Rolls you’ll actually want to drive, and driving is a thing it does very well, indeed.
Same engine, loads of power
The 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith collection is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 with 563-horsepower and 605 pound-feet of torque. Power is driven to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic utilizing satellite data to determine the perfect gear selections.
However, it’s interesting to point out all fifty limited-edition examples of the Ghost Zenith Collection are offered in either standard or extended-wheelbase models. And even though the extended wheelbase version of the regular Ghost offers seven inches more rear passenger space, the standard wheelbase version still offers plenty of room to move about.
But with the sportier driving feel of the Ghost, we bet you’ll spend more time behind the wheel than lounging quietly in the back. “The Ghost Zenith Collection presents an entirely forward-looking study of the unique characteristics that have seen Ghost ascend to the status of the most progressive super-luxury saloon ever conceived,” continued Muller-Otvos.
How is the Zenith Collection different from a conventional Ghost?
The devil is in the details. While Rolls-Royce resisted tinkering the motor, the British carmaker focused on the thing that matters most: the interior. It starts with a commemorative ingot in the center console, which is exclusive to the Ghost Zenith Collection.
The plaque is made from the original Spirit of Ecstasy in the 200EX Concept, which was melted down and engraved with the three key design lines of the Ghost. Furthermore, the clock and the Spirit of Ecstasy are also engraved for the Zenith Collection.
The center console is not spared from luxurious bespoke treatments. It’s wrapped in a blueprint inspired artwork of the 200EX concept. The blueprint is enlarged and divided into 50 distinct parts, which means each Ghost Zenith customer gets their own personal art inside the cabin.
Meanwhile, the front and rear contrasting leather seats have embroidered elements lifted directly from the seat details in the original 1907 Silver Ghost. You’ll also find illuminated door pockets and exquisitely handcrafted veneers in wood, technical fiber, or piano finish. The complex door marquetry transitions from the driver to the passenger suite for a truly exclusive vibe.
There are shooting stars in the headliner
Potential buyers of the standard-wheelbase Ghost Zenith Collection receive shooting stars in the awesome starlight headliner. The master craftsmen at Rolls-Royce embedded 1,340 fiber optic lights by hand. The headliner produces a theatrical light show with shooting stars firing at random across the cabin roof.
The Ghost Zenith Collection is offered in three colorways
Rolls-Royce is offering the Ghost Zenith Collection in a special two-tone application with a gloss-contrast paint finish. Buyers can select from three colorways and multiple variations including Bohemian Red with Black Diamond, Premiere Silver with Arctic White, and Iguazu Blue with Andalusian White.
Do you fancy the 2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost Zenith Collection? Only 50 examples are slated for production. And according to Rolls-Royce, the order books are closing fast.