Thursday 8 November 2012, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
• First East Malaysian customer takes delivery of a Rolls-Royce Ghost in Sabah
• Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur previews Ghost to select customers in Kota Kinabalu
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars authorised dealer for Kuala Lumpur (Quill Motorcars Sdn Bhd) will previewthe award-winning, four-door super-luxury saloon, Rolls-Royce Ghost, for the first time in Sabah this weekend.
A test drive experience, for a group of select guests, is being held at Kota Kinabalu's Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort, from Saturday 10 November to Tuesday 13 November.
First customer in East Malaysia Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur is delivering a Ghost motor car to its first customer in Sabah, a highly successful entrepreneur whose business has expanded internationally*.
Managing Director, Dato Michael Ong said: "I am delighted the brand is being well-received by successful customers throughout Malaysia. They are well-aware Rolls-Royce is the Pinnacle brand in the automotive super-luxury segment, and that our dealership will go to all lengths to ensure our owners have nothing less than a positive ownership experience - even if that means flying our technicians to East Malaysia to ensure our cars are maintained to the standards that our customers expect, and to provide personal attention."
Rolls-Royce General Manager for Emerging Markets-Asia Herfried Hasenoehrl added; "I see a remarkable trend in South East Asia, where fast-growing economies have resulted in individuals who now want to reward themselves with only the best. Ghost is a perfect car for those who want to experience peerless luxury, craftsmanship and effortless performance. In addition, our bespoke capabilities mean customers can specify virtually anything they want - whether that be a choice of 44,000 exterior colours or their own signature on the leather of their car."
Ghost: a benchmark in super-luxury cars The Rolls-Royce Ghost is smaller and more dynamic than the Phantom family and is instantly recognisable as a Rolls-Royce, achieving a new modernism but remaining true to its luxurious heritage. The car was the first of a new Rolls-Royce model series, separate from the Phantom family which comprises Phantom, Phantom Extended Wheelbase (four door saloons), Phantom Drophead Coupé (convertible) and Phantom Coupé (fixed roof).
A more informal design, Ghost has broadened the appeal of Rolls-Royce cars, combining refinement, new technology and contemporary style.
Peerless Comfort The interior of Ghost features a number of Rolls-Royce design cues such as traditional violin key switches and eyeball air vents. Deep-pile carpets can be complemented by optional lambs wool floor mats for a truly luxurious feel.
Housed within the front doors are integrated Teflon-coated umbrellas, while the rear coach doors, unique to Rolls-Royce open to a generous 83 degrees. The interior space is filled with natural light, enhanced by an optional Panorama Sunroof, which extends from the front into the rear compartment. Four-zone automatic air conditioning, automatic air recirculation, condensation prevention and solar compensation, lounge or individual seating (the latter with optional massage function) offer outstanding comfort for passengers.
The Ghost audio system delivers 600 Watts of sound through a 10-channel amplifier and 16 speakers, including two floor-mounted subwoofers. USB and auxiliary inputs allow for the integration of external audio devices, while a 12.5 GB hard drive enables storage of music files from USB or CD player sources.
Riding on a sophisticated four corner air suspension, Ghost can detect even the smallest of changes. For example, it will sense the movement of a single rear passenger from one side of the seat to the other and compensate accordingly. A lift and kneel function raises or lowers Ghost by 25mm. A host of optional aids make Ghost the most driver-focused Rolls-Royce Motor Car yet, and include rear, front side and top view cameras, Night Vision camera, Head-up Display, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assistance, Adaptive, directional headlights and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go Active Brake Intervention. Optional Comfort Entry allows easy access to the car, unlocking doors when the key fob is within 1.5 metres.
Ghost is the most powerful Rolls-Royce built to date, yet delivers its performance in an entirely Rolls-Royce manner - effortlessly. The epitome of dynamic refinement, the Ghost drivetrain comprises a unique 6.6 litre twin-turbo charged V12 engine and an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox.
Peak power output of 563bhp / 420kW / 570PS at 5250rpm is combined with a maximum torque of 780Nm / 575lb ft at only 1500 rpm. The result is that Ghost is able to reach 60mph in 4.7 seconds / 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds, and an electronically governed top speed of 155mph / 250km/h. The new drive train significantly improves Rolls-Royce Motor Cars class leading position on CO2 (317g/km) and fuel efficiency (Combined consumption: 20.8 mpg / 13.6 l/100km).
Electronic aids keep Ghost composed on virtually any surface and include Anti-Roll Stabilisation, Dynamic Brake Control and Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control. Ghost's handling and safety systems operate as one, imperceptible to the driver and passengers.
More than half of clients who specified a Rolls-Royce Ghost in 2011 turned to bespoke personalisation. The service, which includes anything from the application of unique paint colours, coach lines and tread plates to whole vehicle designs featuring champagne sets, humidors and picnic cabinets, helped drive Rolls-Royce to record sales last year.
In total, 56% of Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase models sold around the world featured bespoke design in 2011. The move to highly personalised Rolls-Royce Ghost models follows an increase in sales of bespoke Phantom family cars last year. More than eight in every ten Rolls-Royce Phantom models passed through the hands of the team's designers and skilled craftspeople, before being delivered to a client.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Malaysia
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Kuala Lumpur opened a new 224-square metre showroom at Petaling Jaya in May 2011. It houses three Rolls-Royce motor cars, with a lounge that allows customers to configure their car using colour, wood and leather samples from the manufacturing plant at Goodwood, West Sussex.
--Courtesy of Brudirect.com