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5 Things To Know About the Famous Rolls Royce Black Badge Edition


Rolls Royce Black Badge? What’s that? Is Rolls-Royce not high-end luxury enough? How more luxury can a luxury Rolls-Royce get? If these are the questions running through your mind at the sight of “Rolls-Royce black badge edition”, holl’up holl’up.

Here are 5 things you need to know about the Black Badge edition… 

1. It is rare:

This is a rare piece of engineering that swiftly glides over the road unnoticed, however, when it is noticed, it is a big deal. To put the rarity into perspective, only 15% of the total Rolls-Royce cars are black badges. For example, of the 1000 Rolls-Royce Wraith produced in a year, only 150 are black badges. It takes roughly 70 hours to build from the ground up, and the average waiting time is 3 months and counting. Rolls-Royce can’t make you wait that long only to give you a piece of crap, you can rest assured that the black badge is a big deal. 

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2. It is beautiful:

It is beautiful not just on the outside, it is beautiful inside out. On the outside, sources say it has a lot more high-gloss chrome. As a “black badge”, it has a darker aesthetic. On the inside, you can’t help but notice the crimson and black leather seats adorning the inside with a line of orange just below the dashboard. It has more than 1,300 tiny, pinpoint, fiber optic strands glittering across the ceiling of the car, giving you the feel of a star-lit sky. The lights can be dimmed by the touch of a button…how blissful!

3. It is a good investment:

What is a better investment than a rare, hand-made, beautiful black badge Rolls Royce in the automotive industry? It is a rare collectible, which like fine wine, gets better with age. It fits the prime investment criteria for 30 years. To make this clear, a couple of years ago, a 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Roadster was sold for $341,000, while a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Sports Tourer sold for $698,500 which is a little above twice the price of a 1932 Phantom.

4. Better performance:

The black badge is of a better performance grade when compared to other editions. It is described by its makers to be of an “edgier performance”. The Wraith Black Badge has a brand-new, eight-speed gearbox that makes it smoother to drive compared to its counterpart. It goes from 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. The black badge gives off 642 pound-feet of torque while the base model gives only 605 which is good. But why settle for good when better is obtainable? 

5. It is not cheap:

Premium machines deserve premium pricing-no doubt. The Rolls Royce black badge edition doesn’t come cheap at all. It comes at a whopping 13% price increase above its non-black badge cousin. At $362,700, it cost $47,000 more than its cousin, not too much to pay for the luxury and comfort, or is it? You decide.

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It is said in my country that “Rolls Royces don’t break down, they just fail to proceed”, when speaking about the durability of Rolls Royce and with this new edition, it’s definitely true.

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