By Otsile Kadiege
In 2009, Rolls-Royce came up with an answer for the elite few who wanted something that is not as ostentatious as the Phantom, but is still as luxurious, refined, comfortable and unique as its bigger sibling. So, the first-ever Ghost was introduced. Fast-forward a decade later and after many special editions and a styling refresh, Rolls-Royce introduced the all-new, second generation Ghost.
Unlike its predecessor which used the underpinnings of a BMW 7 Series, the new Ghost uses an aluminum spaceframe architecture used in the Phantom and Cullinan. The new Ghost is now 89 mm longer and 30 mm wider than the outgoing model. All-wheel steer is now available to help manouver the Ghost in tight parking spaces. Up front, the subtly illuminated Pantheon grille is flanked by newly designed LED and laser headlights with an illuminating range of 600 m. The rear lights, with chrome surrounds, have also been redesigned.
Entry into the luxobarge is made easy thanks to Effortless Doors which now makes use of a motor to reduce the strain when opening and closing all four doors. As one would expect from a Rolls-Royce, the cabin looks extremely luxurious. The dashboard on the passenger side features an illuminated fascia with the word “Ghost” digitally inscribed and more than 850 illuminated stars in the background. There is also a Starlight headliner which now features shootings stars effect.
Rolls-Royce has used over 100 kg of sound-deadening materials to keep the cabin insulated from exterior noise. Couple that with acres of leg room, thick carpet floor, rear seat entertainment screens with motorized tables, a temperature adjustable champagne refrigerator and a bespoke audio system to create a plush, relaxing environment.
Powering the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce is a tried and tested 6.75-litre 12-cylinder engine which now produces 420 kW and 850 Nm which is sent to all four wheels. All the 850 Nm of torque is available from as low as 1 600 rpm.
The Magic Carpet Ride has evolved. Engineers have completely revised the suspension setup of the new Ghost to what is now called Planar Suspension System. A complex system which Rolls-Royce says, “creates a sense of flight on land which has never been achieved by a motor car.”
Pricing and availability
Rolls-Royce South Africa is yet to announce local pricing and availability.
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