Ghost rider

Ghost rider
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First Published: Sat, Dec 05 2009. 12 36 AM IST

Owner’s pride: Jain’s new Rolls-Royce Ghost set him back by more than Rs2.5 crores. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
Owner’s pride: Jain’s new Rolls-Royce Ghost set him back by more than Rs2.5 crores. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
Updated: Sat, Dec 05 2009. 12 36 AM IST
Varun Jain, 26, owns a Lamborghini, a Bentley and an Audi Q7. And, he is one of the first in India to book the latest offering from the Rolls-Royce stable, the Ghost. Also known as the Baby Rolls, the car will hit Indian roads in January with a base price of Rs2.5 crore. Though positioned as the less flashy Phantom, the Ghost comes with all the flourishes that the car maker is famous for—brollies on the doors, upright monograms on the wheels, etc. Jain tells Lounge why he is charmed by the Ghost. Edited excerpts:
Why did you choose the Ghost over other luxury cars such as the Bentley?
Owner’s pride: Jain’s new Rolls-Royce Ghost set him back by more than Rs2.5 crores. Ramesh Pathania / Mint
I already have a Bentley. Rolls-Royce is one of the best cars you can buy and this would be my first Rolls. I didn’t want to buy the Phantom because it was too big. Ghost is not only a smaller car but it is also younger-looking. It’s more comfortable and is meant to be driven by the owner. I won’t look like a driver if I drive the car myself.
When did you first see the car?
I first read about it on the websites www.worldcarfans.com and www.germancarfans.com. This was about three years ago. The buzz that Rolls is coming out with what was being referred to as a Baby Rolls has been around for that long now. I booked it even before it was launched. I saw the first pictures of the car when a spy picture was leaked on the Internet. This was about 15 or 20 days after I had booked the car. Then, last November, Rolls-Royce took us (my father and I) to Singapore for the launch. That was when I first saw the car.
What did you think when you saw it?
It was perfect. I was convinced that I had made the right choice.
What are your favourite features?
Oh, lots of them. Like the fact that the angel on the hood can be retracted. The lighting technology on the car is excellent—it has adaptive headlights, the lights move with the car as you drive and turn. The music system is also excellent. It’s perfect.
What customization have you asked for in your Ghost?
I am getting the two-toned colour version with the silver paint on the hood. I have asked for bigger wheels, tan leather interiors and the panoramic sunroof.
Where will you take the car on its maiden run?
The car is expected in Delhi in the middle of January. I’ve told them that I will take the delivery of the car at the airport. There are some formalities to be completed and then, of course, I’ll first take it to a temple.
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First Published: Sat, Dec 05 2009. 12 36 AM IST
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