As is often the case with second generation cars, the Ghost has received a comprehensive nip and tuck, taking the first model as a template and tautening, sculpting and smoothing all round. Side-by-side the two cars could be the automotive equivalent of the ‘before and after’ ads you see for personal training. The headlights have been slimmed down which, rather perversely, has made them more of a feature of the front of the car, but the real change is the famed grille, the top of which flows back into the bonnet rather than sitting proud of it while the slats are machine polished.
The upper and lower body creases are sharper, with a hand-painted coachline accentuating the shoulder line and reducing some of its heft. Stripes are apparently slimming on cars too and yes, they really are applied freehand by one of only three people at the Goodwood factory with the eye and the steady nerves to do so. The rear is less defined, a victim of having a truly gargantuan boot, but the Black Badge tweaks, including the dechroming and the unique diamond cut wheels with carbon fibre barrels sharpen the car’s look still further.