Review of the New 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost – Full New Car Details – Road & Track

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By Matt DeLorenzo December 10, 2009

As the smaller stablemate to the. the draws much of its inspiration from the company’s flagship, ranging from its stand-up grille down to its coach-style doors. And of course, the car’s cabin gives off a luxurious aura that comes from the finest woods, wools and leathers assembled with the pride of English craftsmanship.

The new has a definite presence like the Phantom, one derived from its substantial dimensions. It rides on a 129.7-in. wheelbase and measures 212.6 in. overall. The car is 76.7 in. across the beam and stands 61.0 in. tall.

Even with these generous proportions, it looks svelte when parked beside the more senior Rolls.

Despite the similarities to the Phantom, the Ghost has a personality all its own due largely to its underpinnings, which are courtesy of the from parent company. This lineage makes the Ghost unique: a limousine with a driver’s spirit.

The motivating force behind the Ghost is a 6.6-liter direct-injection twin-turbo V-12 making 563 bhp and 575 lb.-ft. of torque. This silky smooth engine is mated to an equally seamless 8-speed ZF automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. While the 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost tips the scales at a robust 5445 lb. you wouldn’t know it when you depress the accelerator.

The factory reports a 0#150;60 mph time of 4.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph.

The steering is light and communicative, and the car drives much smaller than its dimensions would suggest. The Ghost is easy to hustle down the road quickly; and yet, it handles and rides with a unique, almost inexplicable isolation from the world around you. It is extremely quiet inside and yet, with the steering wheel in hand, you don’t feel separated from the task at hand.

Turn-in is precise, there’s little body roll to speak of and the standard 19-in. wheels and tires offer plenty of grip. The brake pedal feel is also quite good, with linear stopping power that is easy to modulate. Again, the car’s BMW pedigree shines through when it comes to vehicle dynamics.

And yet, when you sit in the front passenger seat or the back, the experience is eerily similar to be driven around in the Phantom. Obviously, has its DNA down pat. This is a car you can equally enjoy driving or being driven in.

It is also a car in which to be seen. The unique styling, coach-style doors and, on some models, a two-tone paint scheme with an aluminum-colored hood offset from the rest of the body, are sure to draw a crowd. Inside, there’s room for five, plenty of plush carpeting, supple leather and wood veneer along with such classic touches as the organ stop vent pulls and door-mounted umbrellas.

Along with these timeless touches are modern features such as navigation, a high-end sound system, adaptive cruise control and a nifty head-up display that in European models actually reads speed limit signs for you. The 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost will capitalize on the exclusivity of the larger Phantom, while broadening the brand’s appeal to a slightly larger market when it goes on sale in April for about $250,000.

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