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Deal of the Day

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost not is the most luxurious car you#8217;ll drive, it#8217;s also one of the at 4.8 seconds to 60 mph, and #8211; may be a surprise #8211; its technology are virtually unsurpassed, particularly the systems. It debuts in the U.S. spring as a smaller and sportier counterpoint to the $380,000 Rolls-Royce

Driving the Rolls-Royce Ghost at the introduction last week, I was by how well a 5,445-pound car handles and by how well technology has been into the car. Navigation, and an iPod adapter / USB jack are Virtually any technology offered on any of the leading cars can be had on the Ghost if the owner desires.

More Than You Can Shake a Stick At

makes the Rolls-Royce Ghost so is the wealth of technology available, standard or as options. Most are the driver assistance features provide a circle of safety the car: night vision and cruise control looking far the road; a top view camera using cameras front, and side (photo above the camera view, left, and a view, right) helpful for in tight spaces; peek-around-the-corner that help when pulling out of space where is limited; lane departure (LDW); and front and rear sonar. With the exception of spot detection and automated parking, the Ghost offers significant assistive technology from a leading automaker.

Luxury and a 563-hp, Twin-Turbocharged V12

The Rolls-Royce Ghost provides touring with a sporting All the highly polished wood come from a single The leather hides are matched. The wheel rim has thicker padding any previous Rolls-Royce, as befits its as a driver#8217;s car.

The twin-turbocharged V12 engine produces 563hp yet on the you#8217;ll top 20mpg.

Rolls-Royce the time was right for a smaller, sporting car. The time was ripe for a car to compete with which was a part of Rolls-Royce 1998. In the past decade, sportier image lofted it 10,000 sales (sales fallen since their peak), while Rolls-Royce had its year in 2009 with sales.

Some believe the Rolls could more double sales.

On the Road: Along on Air

Rolls-Royce has used the wafting . meaning to pass or gently through or as if through the to describe the ride of its cars. particularly appropriate here the Ghost uses an air suspension of mechanical springs) at all four I found it made for an exceptionally ride, yet in driving the Ghost on back roads, it was always in and didn#8217;t wallow.

That was the biggest surprise: The Ghost in no way is a quarter-million-dollar Lincoln Car. It#8217;s a sports with an extremely compliant

Huge Back Seat Its Own Controller

While the driver has the seat in the house, the two (or three) sitting in back are coddled, Legroom is ample, one version of the wraps the seatbacks around to the so the passengers can turn and talk to other more naturally, a rear entertainment system is and rear passengers get their own wheel. Who wins if the front and controllers are both in use?

The can be give the rear controller less, or equal priority to the controller.

The rear doors are in back, what#8217;s formally coach doors. It makes for entry and exit. If the door is extended and hard to reach, a press a button inside and the glides closed.

Open the trunk and you#8217;ll see why the measures 213 inches long, a more than the Cadillac (but also a foot and a less than the Phantom). huge. Golf bags fit to back with room to

Umbrellas Embedded in the Front

If there#8217;s any question that the Ghost is driver-focused, look at the chrome button inside the doors (photo above). the base of a Teflon-coated umbrella each front door. On the Phantom, the umbrellas are in the rear since the owner is more in back, being driven.

Transfer from BMW

Much of the technology in the Ghost comes via which offers many of the options on the BMW 7 Series. our current Drive Car of the Year. Still, Rolls-Royce, less than a of the Ghost#8217;s parts are derived BMW components. Others have than none of the BMW technology is by the driver or passengers; that#8217;s not the case. The LCD display is the same (diagonal), ultra-wide double-VGA (1280 x 480 pixels) and 60-40 screen capability. (One setting is unique to Rolls-Royce: The to raise or lower the Spirit of figure at the front of the hood above).)

You can have active massage the audio system includes a disk to store music and the active rear suspension the car slightly during cornering as a plane does. All are adapted BMW components.

The only significant from the BMW high tech bin is blind spot detection, warns if you#8217;re about to lanes into the space by another car.

Controller Like iDrive, with a Shape

The cockpit controllers in the and back seats are similar in to the current version of BMW iDrive, the buttons arrayed around are laid out differently (photo Dedicated buttons take you to CD (and iPod), Telephone, and screens. Here they#8217;are in a semicircle; on a BMW they#8217;re a 2#215;2 just in front of the controller.

of a current BMW will notice of the warning chimes in the Rolls-Royce sound the same as the BMW chimes. should probably be changed, as the iDrive shape was changed.

Genius: the 127-Page Owner#8217;s

Some high-end cars, Lexus, have owners#8217; that run 500 to 700 pages. (Much of it warnings.) So it#8217;s refreshing the Rolls-Royce Ghost manual a mere 127 pages, plus its leather-bound cover.

What#8217;s What Ought to Be Missing Glare)

Here are some I found less than with the Ghost:

What calls tradition, others describe as slavish adherence to a when England shone and so did the dashboards of her motorcars. Cockpit on the Ghost are a …. Whether dashboard is fashioned from Elm Dark Wenge, Malabar, Black, or Walnut Burr the glare when the sun shines can be and possibly hazardous.

The chromed wheel buttons (inset are essentially illegible. While you can virtually any interior treatment you through the bespoke (ultra-custom) process, one standard offering be buttons you can read and a dashboard in a satin finish, as Infiniti on its M35 and M45. Anyway, as plastics improves, it#8217;s hard to at a glance if a glossy dashboard is or petro-wood.

Hand-rubbed may be the way to go.

While are several 12-volt sockets, should be a 120-volt outlet as

Rolls-Royce#8217;s adaptation of the BMW iDrive different but it works much the meaning this fourth controller is easier but not easy at Also, some of the dashboard may seem confusing, particularly the row of that enable night head-up display, lane warning, and active cruise (photo). LDW and ACC have similar that appear in the instrument or head-up display, two lines recede like railroad

If the function of each button, or the of each controller press, displayed on the LCD screen for 2-3 seconds, and passenger would more bond with the technology and it offers.

Should You Buy?

If in the market for a super-premium automobile, the Ghost makes a most choice. It#8217;s more fun to than the Phantom and provides a alternative, finally, to Bentley#8217;s It occupies a niche midway the most expensive 12-cylinder / Mercedes-Benzes and the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

For people, perhaps 1,000 a at $245,000 (plus options, not yet set), the price is right. So, is the car.

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