Rolls-Royce will offer a new range of upgrades for its Ghost and Wraith models that are intended to appeal to a younger generation of buyers. The Black Badge models retain their original engines but power for the Ghost Black Badge’s 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 has been increased to 595bhp and torque is up to 620lb ft. The eight-speed automatic transmission, steering and suspension gain a more sporting set-up, too.
The Wraith Black Badge keeps a 624bhp output from its V12 but gets an increase in torque to 642lb ft. It features redesigned air suspension, new driveshafts and performance-inspired transmission updates. The brakes of both Black Badge models have been upgraded, with larger front brake discs. The Spirit of Ecstasy figurine is coloured with black gloss. Other exterior trim elements are also darker and the models sit on new composite carbonfibre alloy wheels.
The cabin of the Black Badge cars feature carbonfibre composite trim, darkened air vents and a bespoke centre-piece clock. Rolls-Royce has also confirmed that production of the Phantom will end this year ahead of the all-new car’s launch in 2018. Phantom Coupé and Drophead versions will be axed as part of a rationalisation of the range, with the Ghost-based Wraith and Dawn filling the coupé and convertible roles.