ROLLS ROYCE BLACK BADGE
If you’re unfamiliar with the name, the Black Badge isn’t a model to begin with. Instead, it’s a special edition line for a trio of Rolls Royce vehicles including the Ghost, Wraith, and Dawn.
As its name would suggest, the Black Badge is nothing other than a blacked-out version of a conventional model that’s available at an extra price. Before further dissecting what the BB brings to the table, other than a more menacing look and 16 coats of hand-painted black, let’s consider it from an investment perspective. Rolls Royces are already as rare as they come, and these special edition models are even further limited to roughly 15 percent of total production per model. That should doubtlessly increase their value as they mature, so what’s an additional $45,000 for a $310,000 Wraith, for instance, when it could potentially make you double that a decade down the line?
Every Black Badge Rolls Royce takes at least 70 hours of hand-work to complete. Apart from a mandatory black paint job, Black Badge models come with lots of high-gloss chrome. They also feature unique dark interiors of which the Ghost’s Tailored Purple and Black two-tone option really stands out. A $9,175 bespoke audio system is also a part of the package, and so are 21-inch jet-black carbon-fiber composite wheels and a glossy black Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.
The wheels themselves took four years to develop and are made out of no less than 22 layers of carbon-fiber cloth. Performance is another one of the Black Badge’s strong suites. Although BB models share the same 6.6L twin-turbo BMW V12s as conventional units, they make more power than their colorful siblings. The Ghost makes 604 hp instead of 562 hp, the
Dawn generates 593 hp instead of 563 hp, while the BB Wraith produces the same 623 horsepower as a conventional unit, albeit by throwing in additional 52 lb-ft of torque. All three units also receive a special version of the 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox.