In 2016, Rolls-Royce announced the ‘Zenith’ collection for the Phantom VII; an end-of-the-line special to mark that car’s 14-year lifespan. A year later, we saw the Phantom VIII.
So, it appears the current Rolls-Royce Ghost’s time is nearly up, too. Because today, Rolls has announced a limited run of just 50 ‘Zenith’ models, offered to celebrate a car “that has become the cornerstone of contemporary Rolls-Royce Motor Cars”.
Also, because Rolls literally states that the Ghost is approaching “the end of its remarkable ten year tenure”. We don’t know when the new Ghost will arrive – maybe next year, if the Phantom’s timeline is to be followed – but we do know it’ll be based on Rolls’ “architecture of luxury”
Which, in non RollsSpeak, means the company’s new aluminium spaceframe, which first debuted on Phantom VIII, and underpins the Cullinan SUV, too. It’s stiffer than the old platform, features a new suspension setup and configuration, and will likely be the next quietest car you can buy in Britain… after the Phantom and Cullinan, no doubt.
So, more on that when we have actual confirmation. For now, let us digest this new Zenith. Remember the RR 200EX concept from 2009? That car was a near-production ready concept that previewed the very first Ghost, so Rolls has come full circle.
... the Zenith Collection marks an important milestone in our modern history
Chiefly because the Zenith draws from that original concept. A commemorative ingot made from the original 200EX’s Spirit of Ecstasy is set into a plaque adorning each of the 50 cars. There’s also an engraving of that concept on the centre console, ambient lighting that filters through the perforated leather on the inside of the doors, and rear seat embroidery inspired by the 1907 RR Silver Ghost. Plus, Rolls’ starlight headliner; a feature that sits 1,340 fibre optic lights into the roof’s interior lining in a shooting star configuration. Wonderful stuff.
Two-tone paint finishes have been applied: you choose from blue with white, silver with white, or red with black.
“Ghost is the most successful Rolls-Royce ever created,” explains RR boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös, “and the Zenith Collection marks an important milestone in our modern history.”