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HAVE OVER SIX-MILLION TO SPARE? The new Ghost II has arrived in South Africa. Prices start from R6.5-million. Image: Rolls-Royce

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost II made its South Africa debut on Thursday (March 12) at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Sandton, part of Daytona, the sole SA importers of the famous luxury cars.

Although visually not very different from its predecessor, the second iteration of the Ghost has undergone subtle design changes.

Mohammed Yousry, Rolls-Royce’s regional sales manager for the Middle East and Africa, said the new Ghost was designed to be owner or chauffeur-driven, slotting between the Phantom and sportier Wraith.

INPUT FROM GHOST OWNERS

The subtle changes were made in consultation with existing Ghost owners, according to Regional General Manager Ayman Ghanem. These include re-sculpted LEDs and daytime running lights, subtle re-sculpting of its bumpers to, Ghanem, "create a sense of extra width and height", and chromed inserts on its air intakes.

A new tapered "wake channel" on the bonnet is intended to evoke, the automaker says, "the sight of a jet’s vapour trail or wake of a fast luxury yacht."

BESPOKE AUDIO

The interior is opulent with hand-stitched leather and wood trim and WiFi connectivity. Its satnav and user interface has been updated and its optional Bespoke Audio, which Roll's claims is "the most exhaustively designed automotive hi-fi system ever developed yet", has 18 speakers spread throughout its cabin with a combined 1300W output.

V12 POWER

It's powered by a 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 capable of 420kW/780Nm. Its satellite aided transmission, debuted in the Wraith, scans the road ahead and selects the optimal gear depending on road conditions.

The V12 rockets the Ghost II to 100km/h in five seconds and on to a electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

The Ghost II starts from R6.5-million and is available to order from Daytona.

OPULENT CABIN: The new Ghost II has leather and wood trim, WiFi-connectivity and an optional 18-speaker Bespoke Audio. Image: Rolls-Royce

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