On a narrow, winding two-lane stretch of a Texas farm to market road, I've spooked myself.
Recently, Rolls-Royce called and asked if I'd like to be one of the first people in the world to drive the new Ghost Series II. You don't need me to tell you that it's one of the nicest cars in the world—it's a Rolls-Royce—but it's also one of the most technically advanced. The Ghost Series II isn't simply a facelift of the previous Ghost. Sure, it's got some revised metal around the front, but the big news is that it has the super-techy satellite aided transmission that first debuted on the Wraith. Not even the all-conquering Phantom my colleagues partied with over the summer has that yet.
I was interested in experiencing the legendary build quality, of course (more on that later) but first I really wanted to test out the ride's fancy transmission. On that back road in Texas, when I slowed down, my heart rate dropped, and I became much more calm. Turns out, I was doing about 90 mph, and it was mostly accidental. Below is how the rest of the day went. I invite you to come along for the ride.