Not content to allow Cadillac to have the V-Spec on the XTS sedan to itself, Rolls-Royce is putting on sale—er, available for customers to commission—a limited run of Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification models.
The Ghost V-Specification “celebrates one of Ghost’s defining characteristics; the exquisite 6.6 litre Rolls-Royce V12 engine,” according to Torsten Müller-Ötvös, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
Largely the same engine as the Rolls-Royce Wraith recently driven, the 12-cylinder engine receives a 30 horsepower boost in output, taking the horsepower rating from 563 horses to 593, with 80 percent of peak torque available from idle. It’s enough, says Rolls, to propel the Ghost from zero to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Honestly, if one thinks that thirty more horses on top of 563 horsepower will make an appreciable difference in performance, they’re not listening to Rolls-Royce, which pegs the zero-to-60 sprint at—wait for it—4.7 seconds.
Don’t expect the Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification to roll with the Wraith, however. The Rolls coupe is rated at 624 horsepower and is in a lighter, if still less than svelt chasis.
The 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification is mostly about bragging rights when parked alongside an ordinary Ghost. Outside the V-Specification is identifiable, as much as any distinctly motorcar can by five specially selected exterior color— or from Rolls-Royce’s 44,000 hue palette. Ghost V-Specification options include visible chrome exhausts and 21” part-polished wheels.
Inside the Ghost V-Specification is set apart from less Rolls—if such a thing exists—by engraving on the treadplates, embroidery on the rear armrest and hand-applied steel inlays to the front multimedia screen lid. Those in the know will know that the V-Specification Ghost has a black crown surrounding the face.
The 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification can be ordered, er, commissioned from January to June 2014. Get your order in now.