25 July 2017, Almaty


“There are people who are elusive and defiant, the risk takers and disruptors who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention. They are driven by a restless spirit. They play hard and they change the world. It is for them that we created the Black Badge Series.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


On the 25th of July the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Almaty dealer centre, part of Astana Motors, presented the first and the only Black Badge motor car in Kazakhstan. There was a closed presentation of the model in its showroom.


The Black Badge series – models Wraith, Ghost and Dawn– is the new peak in the ‘ultra-lux’ segment. It speaks to the darker, more assertive side of the clients — successful and independent people, uncompromising and unapologetic. New Rolls-Royce Ghost of the Black Badge series is the darker alter ego of the Ghost model, this car has more assertive, more confident and powerful, and more demanding nature. In the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Almaty showroom the unique Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge is presented at the price of KZT 155 million[1].


The Substantive Transformation of the Brand Symbols,
Unique Wheels and
the Most Intense Black


The Black Badge series has two famous symbols of Rolls-Royce – Spirit of Ecstasy and the iconic Double R – that have undergone a transformation. The Spirit of Ecstasy ornament has mutated into a high-gloss black vamp, proudly scything through the night-time cityscape. The Double R badge on the prow, flanks and aft of every Black Badge motor car has become silver on black, whilst chrome surfaces such as the front grille surround, boot lid finisher, lower air inlet finisher and exhaust pipes, have turned dark.


The powerful engine rotates composite carbon fibre and lightweight alloy wheels. Each Ghost Black Badge commissioned has a unique design of wheel disks. Twenty-two layers of carbon fibre laid in three axes, are folded back on themselves at the outer edges of the wheel rim to provide forty-four layers of high-strength material. The Rolls-Royce engineers have developed this technology over four years. Further wheel strength is added via the 3D forged, aircraft-grade, aluminium hub which is bonded to the rim using aerospace strength titanium fasteners.


[1] The price information is of reference nature. It does not constitute a public offer. For precise information about price and vehicle configuration please contact Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Almaty.

The Black Badge series has brought the colour black to new levels of intensity – this new tint is called ‘Black Badge Black’. The multiple layers of paint and lacquer are repeatedly hand polished: the most exacting painting and polishing process ever used for a solid paint body colour. The result is the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car surface.


Within the Cabin: Advanced Aerospace Technologies,
Luxury Materials and the Sign ‘Unlimited’


The Black Badge cabin is suffused with a darker re-interpretation of pure luxury. The centrepiece of the cabin is the aluminium-threaded carbon fibre composite surfacing. This material is used in the aerospace industry on the surfaces of stealth aircrafts to make them invisible to radars. The air vents on the dash and in the rear of the motor car have been darkened through the use of Physical Vapour Deposition. This surfacing method is one of the few ways to colour metal whilst ensuring that the parts will neither discolour nor tarnish over time or through repeated use.


On the dash there is a Black Badge clock, newly created for the Rolls-Royce Ghost new series. Its hands are tipped in orange and its face is adorned by the ‘Unlimited’ rating infinity logo. The logo is also embroidered on the Black Badge’s upholstery.


The final touch – the moody light cast from the black starlight headliner, and reflected around the cabin from the polished fascia, to create a darkly atmospheric ambiance.


Engineering Solutions for Ghost Black Badge


Rolls-Royce engineers used the flexibility of the 6.6 litre V12 engine to make Ghost Black Badge a little more menacing than the prototype. Subtle engine output modifications gave power increase by 40hp (30kw) to 603hp (450kw) and torque by 60Nm (840Nm). The 8-speed automatic transmission has been upgraded to give an added sense of urgency in how it delivers its power.


The Intuitive Throttle Response technology, delivered by computerised smart electronics, carefully hones the response of the transmission. Beyond 25% throttle, the transmission transforms its character, holding gears for longer and shifting between 200rpm and 500rpm later. Additionally, initiating a downshift requires 20% less heft on the throttle, making Ghost Black Badge react more quickly to driver inputs. Under braking conditions the transmission downshifts a few rpm sooner, providing the extra security of added engine braking thereby delivering a more spirited drive.


Suspension and steering changes, including the addition of new drive shafts, have ensured that Ghost Black Badge continues to deliver the most luxurious ride, with just that little bit of extra driver focus than its “ancestor”.