A Rolls Royce Experience
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.