Inside the new Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Rolls-Royce Ghost

call it a baby Rolls-Royce or, a deluxe BMW 7-Series.

Such to the all-new Ghost limousine incur the wrath of the luxury marque, even if there is a of truth to both.

Drive was a personal tour of the new $695,000 this week as it arrived in to be showcased in front of prospective – ahead of its May 2010 local

The Ghost is only Rolls-Royce’s model line, and is smaller the $1m-plus Phantom range first went on sale in

At 5.5 metres long, however, the is still significantly longer the BMW 7-Series on which it is based.

also more than a metre longer than two favourite large cars, the Falcon and Holden Commodore.

As well as sitting on a stretched platform, the Ghost’s drivetrain a V12 and eight-speed gearbox shared the $386,000 760i flagship

However, there are two turbochargers, so is an ample 420kW, while is double that of most family cars, at 780Nm.

says the engine has also retuned for more low-end to provide a quieter and more driving experience in the tradition of the cars.

Despite the emphasis on the Ghost is still claimed to from 0-100km/h in less five seconds, though, weighing 2.4 tonnes.

The Ghost’s drive launch doesn’t place until next in California, so for now only a static is possible.

You don’t have to be on the though, to appreciate the interior’s of elegance and opulence. Rolls-Royce the overall theme “effortless

The traditional rear-hinged rear doors open nearly 90 for dignified entry and egress to the seat.

A button on the inside of the closes the ‘soft close’ electronically. (Vanity mirrors are placed here for passengers to hair and make-up before a regal exit.)

Rolls-Royce’s 6ft 5in product manager for the Ghost, Dan is a perfect tour guide to the abundance of head and leg room.

He the Ghost almost matches the Phantom for cabin space to its body being made out of rather than the aluminium for the more expensive Rolls-Royce.

The is swathed in the same leather as the though features a more surface because the Ghost is to be used more frequently. the feet are super-soft (optional) carpet mats.

There’s no shortage of other materials used throughout the a liberal amount of other, natural-grain leathers are mixed the door trims, console and a mix of chrome and satin finishes are for door handles and air vents; is also a choice of five – including the dark Wenga (from Africa) of the Ghost we sat in fourth ever to be built).

The two seats can be optioned with electronic adjustment and have been designed to create a environment”, allowing passengers to turn towards the other for conversation.

The fold-down centre features a rotary controller to BMW’s iDrive system. It as the nerve centre for rear-seat via the 9.5-inch colour screens into the back of the front

Infra-red headphones and a PlayStation can be to the system. Retractable picnic sit beneath the screens, though says on final production of the car these will feature an section to cater better for

Rolls-Royce’s Balmer says are more likely to drive the themselves rather than be

This is echoed by the fact the secreted umbrella pops out of the door rather than the passenger door.

Up front, will find a smaller wheel with a thinner rim to the one in the Phantom. Traditional ‘violin’ on the helm control areas as audio and (radar) cruise

The latter joins a list of features (most optional) from the 7-Series, also night vision, lane warning and heads-up display.

another rotary controller on the console, linked to a wide, 25cm digital display – or information panel” in Rolls-Royce

It also includes digital TV and integration. The main instruments are traditional-looking dials, and include a reserve’ gauge.

Balmer the idea is for the dial to tell how much power they at their disposal rather how much they’re using.

To the Ghost’s effortless performance, says the dial will there’s about 95 per cent of left available to drivers at 80km/h.

The Ghost’s top speed, by the is an electronically limited 250km/h.

a side-view camera (again 7-Series) to help the driver easing the Ghost out into while three other combine to create a bird’s-eye of the car to aid parallel parking.

Four-zone control will keep the occupants comfortable, and also upper and lower zones for temperatures for legs and torsos.

Rolls-Royce says the Ghost is to be a less formal experience the $1m Phantom, which some considered too overt in its styling.

is also reflected in the exterior The Ghost’s grille could belong to a Rolls, but it’s integrated to the sloping front end with the bluff and imposing

The side profile is dominated by a shoulder line – Rolls it a ‘yacht line’ – and 19-inch that are half the height of the

‘Our’ Ghost was finished in an two-tone paintwork for owners who their car to stand out more. way, you shouldn’t confuse the new Ghost with a BMW 7-Series.

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