Spofec Black One adds bling and horses to Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II
The "entry level" Rolls Royce Ghost Series II aimed at the younger, entrepreneurial market has been turning some heads lately, but Germany-based car customizer Spofec is trying to turn them a bit farther. The Spofec Black One takes the Ghost and adds bespoke modification packages featuring a matte black motif and improved engine performance kits to create a car that wouldn't look out of place in the Green Hornet's garage.
The Spofec SPOFEC Black One is available in two versions: one for the short wheel-base Ghost and the other for the long wheel-base. In either version, the mod comes with oversized gold-painted wheels, new brakes, and new engine and suspension modules that increase power output and torque.
At first glance, the Black One looks pretty much like any other production Ghost, but a closer inspection reveals that all the chrome work, with the exception of the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, has been converted to a matte black finish, so it blends into the bodywork. Aside from the color motif, the modifications revolve around a new carbon composite aerodynamic kit.
This includes a new front bumper that replaces the production version and features an integrated front spoiler for reduced front axle lift and better handling at high speed. There are also streamlined rocker panels and a three-piece rear bumper that blends in with the bespoke exhaust.
Under the bonnet is an engine modification package that features a processor-controlled SPOFEC N-TRONIC plug-and play performance module designed to enhance the Ghost's electronic engine management system. This reprograms mapping for the injection and ignition to improve pressure and power output.
The 6.6-liter V12 twin-turbo engine ends up punching 709 bhp (521 kW) at 540 rpm and peak torque of 974 Nm (718 ft lb) at 1,800 rpm) feeding into the eight-speed automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, the engine is hooked to a new sports exhaust system that shaves 5 kg (11 lb) off the weight and has an optional actively controlled butterfly valve that allows the driver to adjust the exhaust note from the cockpit.
At the end of the day, the Black One does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds. However, the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h) to protect the bespoke Pirelli tires due to the car's weight.
These tires are mounted on matte gold-colored 22-in (56-cm) wheels (9Jx22 at the front and 10.5Jx22 on the rear axle) with dimensionally offset spokes. Mounted on these are carbon-ceramic, high-performance, vented-disc, front-and-rear brakes for better stopping power and fade resistance and are 38 kg (84 lb) lighter than the units they replace.
The Black One's suspension is calibrated specifically to the 22-in wheels and is designed to intervene with the control of the standard Ghost air suspension to lower the vehicle by 40 mm (1.6 in) without affecting performance.
Despite the emphasis placed on the Black One's matte black finish and gold wheels, the company says that all its components are also available individually and in any color.
No price for the Black One modification package has been quoted.
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