Ghost – Main Details
|Launched: 2010||Engine: V12|
|Power: 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250||Torque: 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500|
|Top Speed: 155 mph (250 km/h)||0-60 mph (0-97 kmh): 4.7 s|
|Replaces: TBC||Did you know: TBC|
ROLLS-ROYCE GHOST – THE EVERYDAY ROLLS
At around £190,000 before options, the Rolls-Royce Ghost represents the affordable end of the Rolls-Royce line-up. Even at that huge sum, the Ghost still only costs about half as much as the range-topping Phantom. This is the slightly smaller (although still a giant on the road, mind you) option, more suitable for everyday errands and such.
JUST A BIG 7 SERIES?
Upon its debut, most reviews of the Rolls-Royce Ghost focused on the fact that the car shares roughly 20% of its parts with the BMW 7 Series, including its V12 engine, which was used in the 760Li. Needless to say, those buying a £200,000 Rolls-Royce might balk when learning that what they thought was a very special, bespoke English masterpiece is actually a re-badged bimmer. Looking beyond the headlines pays off in this case, however, as it turns out the Ghost is still very much its own car: only the climate control system, some electronics, and the floor pan are identical. That 6.6-litre V12 is a larger, revised version of the 6.0-litre BMW engine, while a Phantom-style adaptive suspension sits at the rear of the car. Of course, all of the sheetmetal and interior trim are unique to the Ghost as well.
MOVING THAT MASS
Despite its massive 2500-kg kerb weight, the Ghost is no slouch on the road. We have that glorious twin-turbo V12 to thank for its sprightly acceleration. The zero to 62 mph run takes less than 5 seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. All Rolls-Royce Ghosts use an 8-speed automatic transmission sourced from ZF. In 2014, the Ghost was treated to a fairly extensive freshening, resulting in what Rolls refers to as the Series II Ghost. While the car received several revisions in the styling department, there were few noteworthy updates to the mechanicals; just some tweaks to the suspension and a new steering rack.
So, was the decision to base its new junior Phantom off of a pedestrian BMW a smart move for Rolls-Royce? Despite some of the inevitable negative press it earned the Ghost, it seems that the company has discerning customers able to see the inherent value in the model. Rolls-Royce has been experiencing unprecedented sales growth since the debut of the Ghost, with total volume roughly quadrupling from 2009 to 2014.
Rolls Royce Ghost Wiki – Technical Specification
|0-100 km/h||4.7 s|
|0 -200 km/h||TBC|
|Max. speed||155.3 mph (250 km/h)|
|Overall displacement||6.592 cm3|
|Max. power output*||570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250rpm|
|Max. torque*||780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500rpm|
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT|
|Length||5,399 mm (212.6 in)|
|Width||1,948 mm (76.7 in)|
|Height||1,550 mm (61 in)|
|FUEL CONSUMPTION/CO2 EMISSIONS|
Rolls Royce Ghost Image Gallery
Source: Rolls Royce.