The new Rolls-Royce Ghost!
If the visual revolution is not in order, the new Rolls-Royce Ghost is nevertheless changing copiously. Between technological refinement and minimalism, the big English car is a limousine that you want to drive.
You don’t change a winning team. We could find other similar maxims, but you’ve understood that the designers at Rolls-Royce have been instructed not to upset the wealthy Ghost clientele. The front end is by far the biggest change on this second generation, with a design inspired by the latest Phantom. While the emblematic front grille remains, the Ghost now features air intakes in the lower part of the bumper. The rear end has changed very little, except for the headlamps, which are more tapered than before.
This Rolls-Royce Expanded!
What is more difficult to detect, unless you put the old and the new generation side by side, is that this one has expanded considerably. By 9 cm to be exact, bringing its total length to 5.55 m. The reason for this elongation? To be able to move the engine back a few centimetres without sacrificing space on board, and thus promote a 50/50 weight distribution. For its part, the width increases by 3 cm, to reach 1.98 m, excluding mirrors.
A long version is available!
Want more? A long version is also available, extending up to 5.72 m in length to the direct benefit of the rear seats. According to Rolls-Royce, there is no other four-seat sedan in the world capable of offering so much legroom, with the exception of the Phantom long chassis. This allows for reclining rear seats, similar to those found in private jets.
In reality, the Ghost is 100% new, and is now based on the in-house modular platform already used on the Phantom and Cullinan, abandoning the BMW 7 Series base on which its predecessor was based. In order to guarantee a certain degree of maneuverability for this limousine, one of the largest in production apart from its big sister Phantom and the Mercedes-Maybachs, Rolls-Royce did not skimp on resources and offers four-wheel steering. The structure is made exclusively of aluminum, but the weight still reaches 2,490 kg according to the manufacturer! So it took no less than a 6.75 twin-turbo V12 with 571 hp and 850 Nm to move the beast, which promises to erase the 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 s.
Air suspension = Comfort
Rolls-Royce also announces that it has completely reworked the air suspension to guarantee the “flying carpet” effect so dear to the brand’s customers. In addition, it can be adapted in real time thanks to cameras that read the road, to guarantee first-class comfort whatever the road conditions. Proof that the well-being of the occupants is paramount, no less than 100 kg of insulating materials to filter outside noise are used during the design process.
And if you take a look inside the Englishwoman, you have no doubt for a second that traveling onboard the Ghost won’t really be a punishment: 1,300 W sound system with 18 speakers, leather and wood of the highest quality, dashboard illuminated by more than 850 LEDs, starry skies.
The opulence is real! Yet, the lines and ergonomics remain very simple, with classic manual controls for air conditioning, for example. The dashboard screen, which is controlled from the imposing wheel on the central tunnel, is the same battleground, even though many manufacturers are now giving in to the all-touch mode.
No change under the hood, however, as the 6.75L V12 bi-turbo engine with 571 hp and 850 Nm of torque (from 1,600 rpm) is coupled to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
Between a wheelbase of 3.3 m long and a trunk announced at 507 dm3, there’s no need to worry about the Ghost’s ability to take its little world quickly and far.
At what price? It should probably cost you around $300,000, before, we’ll have a look at the customization catalog.