Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit
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Make: Rolls-Royce
Model: Silver Spirit
Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

The Silver Spirit was not entirely new, as it shared the basic platform of the Silver Shadow as well as that car's 6.8 L V8 engine. Nevertheless, the Silver Spirit, which was introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1980, was the first of a new generation of models for the company. It ended up forming the basis for the Flying Spur, the Silver Dawn, the Touring Limousine and the Park Ward. The Spirit continued with the high degree of ride quality and self-leveling suspension only this time using a Girling automatic hydraulic ride height control system and gas-charged shock absorbers. Further, in terms of the chassis, it was also used by sister company, Bentley for their new Eight series. The Silver Spur was a long wheelbase version of the Silver Spirit, which was produced at the same time. Further, the Spirit was the first car to include a system in which the Mascot sank onto the radiator shell if dislodged from its position. Later, the Silver Spirit II was introduced at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show. Again, the suspension was the main innovation, with a fully automatic system adjusting dampers at all four wheels in real time. The Silver Spirit III was introduced in 1993 with improvements to the traditional V8 engine. This was in fact the main differentiator to the previous model. A new intake manifold and cylinder heads upped power output, which was still stated simply as adequate in the company’s own literature. This of course really does not say a lot. Then again, no one really buys a Rolls-Royce to hit the race track in. This is an auto to be taken to the Opera and the theater, not the local drag racing hangout. Anyhow, dual airbags were another new feature, and the rear seats now adjusted independently. The entire line was replaced with the BMW-powered Silver Seraph and the Bentley Arnage by 1998.

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