Black beauty

The stealth Rolls

YOU CAN have your Rollsí Black Badge in any colour you want... so long as itís black. Not really, but presumably itís the paintjob most customers will opt for. Revealed at this yearís Geneva Motor Show, the Black Badge is designed to attract younger buyers to the Rolls family. As such, many cosmetic parts get the Ďblacked outí treatment, including the Spirit of Ecstasy (right). But itís not just a styling jobbie, the 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 powering up 30kW and 60Nm in the Ghost, now 450kW and 840Nm, while the 465kW Wraith gets an extra 70Nm, now 870Nm. In both cars the throttle mapping is made more responsive while the air suspension is overhauled to be more driver-focused.

Brakes are now bigger on both, while the enormous new wheels are an alloy-carbon composite made from 22 layers of carbonfibre. Available on Ghost and Wraith only, we dare say mining magnates need only apply.