2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost & Review & Car and Driver

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2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

and luxurious like a Rolls be, the new Ghost also adds a of sportiness.

If the grandiose Rolls-Royce #x2014;birthed by BMW in 2003#x2014;reestablished the marque#x2019;s the 2011 Ghost brings notion down to a more scale. The Ghost is the daily the Phantom, whether in sedan, sedan, coupe, or drophead form, should be held in for special occasions, such as White House dinners.

Most Definitely Still a

The Ghost truncates one of the great from Rolls-Royce#x2019;s past, the Ghost, a moniker that itself to the full line of reliable and smooth 40/50s from 1906 to 1926. were the cars that The Autocar and Motor to call #x201C;The Best Car in the World.#x201D; The new will bring that to bear on the luxury-sedan class, the segment#x2019;s hierarchy dominated by the Continental Flying Spur.

Mercedes S-class, and BMW 7-series. steel-monocoque car might weigh as as the Bentley (nearly a staggering pounds) but also produces an 563 hp and charges from 0 to 60 mph in a claimed 4.8 Moreover, it will achieve pricing supremacy when it here in early 2010, a projected MSRP of about to start.

Some might that this makes it of a competitor to the forthcoming Bentley than to lesser Bentleys. We to think of the Mulsanne as an insufficiently competitor to the Phantom.

You Sure It#x2019;s Not a 7-series?

Rolls is now under BMW#x2019;s and because using common is essential for a manufacturer#x2019;s economies of (but mostly because admitted that the Ghost 20 percent of itself with the BMW specifically, the V-12#x2013;powered 760Li), tempting to think that the new car is an upsized BMW, a 9-series an available metallic hood. characterization is a little unfair to new sedan.

The 20-percent commonality hides in the system, the electrical architecture, of the floorpan, and some engine Both cars#x2019; twin-turbocharged come from the same family, but the Ghost#x2019;s is stroked to 6.6 (up from the 760#x2019;s 6.0) and some revised internals as a new crank. And whereas the BMW has only air at the rear, the Ghost uses air suspension at all four corners.

The needed a more regal position, larger-diameter tires, and doors, which necessitated changes. The new overall tire meant new steering and suspension and the raised seating position and doors meant reengineering the platform for crash safety.

Exotic Materials Up the Wazoo

designer Ian Cameron has delivered a that is immediately recognizable as a even though the car does not the traditional Parthenon-type grille. Its expression of the chrome-vaned radiator is in keeping with the car#x2019;s proportions relative to the Phantom. by a terrifically powerful stance, the has fast-raking pillars and bodywork tucks in around the wheels.

The restrained, almost featureless sides mask a subtlety of and line that makes the car much smaller than it is. As ever, the long prow with a perfectly proportioned ratio.

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