As one of the finest motoring companies on the planet, Rolls-Royce continuously breaks the boundaries when it comes to both style and innovation. The Ghost is no exception to this rule and is one of the finest models on the market, and here’s why:
The Ghost’s nameplate is in honour of the Silver Ghost, the name given to a 40/50hp model introduced in 1906 and dubbed by Autocar magazine as ‘the best car in the world’. The name stuck and was later officially applied to the series.
Billed to be a smaller, more measured and more realistic car than the Phantom, Top Gear affectionately nicknamed the new Ghost as ‘the Baby Rolls’ back when they first reviewed it in 2010 and it could arguably be regarded as ‘the best car in the world’.
Helmut Riedl, the man who was charged with the development of the Phantom also oversaw the development of the Ghost, with the aim of creating a car which provided all the luxury associated with Roll-Royce, at a significantly lower cost, allowing them to enter the same price bracket as the Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
The mechanics of the Rolls-Royce borrow heavily from the BMW 7 Series and the BMW F10 5 Series. Not many people know that the beautiful and superb 8 speed automatic gearbox found in the Ghost was first used in BMW’s F10 5 series launched in 2010 and continues to be used in both cars today. In fact, 20% of the parts in the Ghost are also available in the 7 Series, with the cars sharing the same heavily modified F01 platform.
Despite this, the results are incredible in terms of performance. With a 6,592 cc, V12 engine pumping out 563 bhp, the Ghost is still seriously quick, with a car that weighs over 2,300 kg still reaching a top speed of 155 mph. As well as this, the car is quick off the mark, going from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.
|Engine Size||6592 cc|
|0-60 mph||4.7 secs|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Power Output||563 bhp|
|Torque||780 Nm 575 lb-ft|
In terms of this model in particular, some of the features simply have to be seen to be believed. With a panoramic glass roof, the Ghost is never lacking in natural light.
As well as this, the full leather trim (including the dashboard) screams opulence, with the rear seats also containing entertainment systems as well as television tuners. For the driver, there are heads-up displays, side view cameras and lane departure warnings. There really is something for everyone.
This Rolls-Royce Ghost may be one of the finest displays of British motoring, class and sheer driving pleasure available in the UK. Interested? Click here to see the full listing as well as some more amazing pictures.