It’s been known for some time that Rolls-Royce was working on an update for its Ghost, and now the first official photo of the car has been released. The updated Ghost, known as a “Series II” in Rolls-Royce nomenclature, will be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show next week and represents the first major update for the car since its reveal back in 2009.

Together with the photo, Rolls-Royce released the statement, “After five years as the cornerstone of Rolls-Royce's sustainable growth success worldwide, this mid-life update is a showcase for the most recent technological advances from Rolls-Royce enrobed in a considered exterior design revision."

That doesn’t explain too much but we can gather a few details from this photo. The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II looks to be receiving revised headlights and a more streamlined front. Inside, look for some new trim elements and options borrowed from the sportier Rolls-Royce Wraith. There should also be some updated infotainment technology.

As for the drivetrain, don’t expect many changes to the existing Ghost’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12, which rates at 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. One likely possibility is the addition of the Wraith’s Satellite Aided Transmission, which uses satellite data to predict road conditions ahead pre-select the correct gear of the car’s ZF eight-speed transmission for the terrain--effectively shifting intelligently based on topological, road map, and other key data.

We’ll have all the details soon, as the 2014 Geneva Motor Show gets underway on March 4. For more from the show, click here.


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