A Rolls Royce Ex­pe­ri­ence

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Driv­ing a new Rolls Royce is al­ways spe­cial... Driv­ing the full line up of new Rolls Royce around Gerotek Test­ing Fa­cil­i­ties in a sin­gle day is EPIC!

A cold win­ter’s morn­ing saw my co-edi­tor and I hop on a Rolls-Royce with wings... yes, they make air­craft en­gines as well. We were on our way to some­thing spe­cial and far be­tween, a Rolls-Royce Ex­pe­ri­ence day.

Ar­riv­ing at Gerotek, a spe­cialised test fa­cil­ity just off the N14 be­tween Pre­to­ria and Har­te­beespoort Dam, we were pre­sented with the en­tire range of Rolls-Royce cars. A car for ev­ery oc­ca­sion, from the ul­tra-lux­u­ri­ous new Phan­tom and sporty Ghost, to the coupé and ath­letic look­ing Wraith, the fam­ily fo­cused Cul­li­nan to the drop-top poser - the Rolls-Royce Dawn.

Once the pleas­antries were done with our gra­cious hosts, Marek Le­towt, GM of Rolls-Royce for South Africa and Mo­hamed Yousry, Re­gional Sales Man­ager for the Mid­dle East and Africa, first up was the skid pan gymkhana. You’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing why a gymkhana for a Roll­sRoyce and to push the point home, why on a skid­pan? Rolls-Royce is so con­fi­dent about the han­dling and safety sys­tems of the Wraith, they set up a skid­pan gymkhana. The Wraith is still very much a large car how­ever once be­hind the wheel and with all its elec­tronic wiz­ardry work­ing, the Wraith ac­tu­ally feels ath­letic and sure footed, eas­ily carv­ing its way through the course, chang­ing di­rec­tion with no fuss. The steer­ing feel gets bet­ter as the speed in­creases and boy does the speed in­crease. A 6.6 litre V12 twin turbo. I will leave that for you to think about. This has changed ev­ery­thing I knew about Rolls-Royce, it’s per­fectly tar­geted for the younger buyer in mind.

The SUV Cul­li­nan con­sists of push but­ton clos­ing doors, elec­tric tail­gate with a slid­ing drinks tray and elec­tric slid­ing twin seats to pic­nic out the back or to just watch the horses at polo. On an off-road course in a multi-mil­lion rand Rolls-Royce with a tyre off the ground, the ef­fort­less abil­ity of this ve­hi­cle is up there with the best and it lit­er­ally gets through the course pretty much on idle.

The bumpy road course in the Phan­tom is pure magic. Some say it’s the for­ward in­fra-red cam­era sens­ing un­du­la­tions on the road ahead which then sends elec­tronic sig­nals to the sus­pen­sion mak­ing mil­lisec­ond ad­just­ments to en­sure a com­fort­able ride. To me its magic and lux­u­ri­ous art and this pretty much sums up what Rolls-Royce brings to the mo­tor­ing world!

Thank you Day­tona And Rolls-Royce for host­ing us at this very spe­cial day.

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