Rolls-Royce Ghost Review: The Spirit is Willing – Forbes

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Rolls-Royce Ghost

Review: The is Willing

Introduced for model 2010 as the second all-new under parent company ownership, the Ghost is a slightly sleeker and less-costly alternative to the Phantom. Of course “less-costly” is a term when referring a car starting around $250,000, as much as a nice house or in many areas of the U.S. As the Phantom, the Ghost is a combination of German technology and classic artisanship.

The car’s spaceframe and engine come from while the interior trim and assembly continues to hail England.

We got to spend several living with the Rolls-Royce and truth be told it made us like a media mogul than a mere automotive

Unlike the Phantom, which is available in a “Drophead Coupe” the Rolls-Royce Ghost is only as a “saloon,” as four-door cars are in the U.K. It comes wrapped in styling that is both and aggressive. The automaker’s traditional chrome grille caps the end, flanked by narrow headlamps.

A tall beltline the length of the car with a bit of a curve to it and the gently sloping roofline at a rounded rear-end treatment. At a 212.6 inches long, the fit in our garage with only a few to spare.

Wide-opening rear-hinged “…” make ingress and egress the Rolls-Royce Ghost’s voluminous cabin easier; an electronic prevents these doors being opened while the car is As the car’s heritage warrants, the of Ecstasy hood ornament just above the front However, in a high-tech nod to the realities of motoring, it automatically retracts the vehicle when the Ghost is for the sake of security.

A cap at the center of wheel is engineered to rotate so that the “R-R” logo upright at all times.

Our tester in a Claret (i.e maroon) treatment with the extra ($5,750) silver satin (hood) treatment that we a bit garish, though it proved to be an getter.

Under the Rolls-Royce ’s long hood resides a V12 engine that generates a 563 horsepower and is strong enough to this nearly 5,500-pound to 60 mph in a claimed 4.7 seconds. All those are channeled to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission, and tradition that it’s operated via a shift lever.

In this case it’s electronic gear-select system in you push the lever up for reverse, for drive and depress an end button in to put the in park; it works well but half the time we accidentally the windshield wiper stalk The powertrain delivers smooth and quick acceleration on demand, yet docile around town so as not to a driver. The Ghost is rated at 13-city/20-highway mpg fuel economy, should be of little consequence to a buyer.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost on a sophisticated double wishbone up front with a multi-link at the rear and automatic damping shock absorbers at all four It delivers a smooth ride yet surprisingly tractable through the

While the car’s easygoing creates a certain disconnected from the road, hairpin and sudden curves didn’t to unnerve the suspension, with a modest amount of stability intervention coming to the fore the most-extreme maneuvers. The car was rock and smooth sailing at highway with the ability to leap athletically from one lane to when called upon. We a few bumps and jolts over pavement, due largely we suspect to the run-flat tires (which by are stiffer than conventional but by the same token the ride is floaty or bouncy, which certainly spare rear-seat from ever feeling in this land yacht.

Our tester came with a array of the latest high-tech systems as part of a $9,950 package. A head-up display the car’s speed and other data onto the windshield in the line of sight, while a departure warning system vibrates the steering wheel to the driver if the car is veering across lane markers and a night camera projects an appropriately infrared view of the road to help see beyond the range of the high beams.

Though its is more or less without the Rolls-Royce Ghost’s handsomely cabin is its hallmark and truly an elegant escape from Ironically, the wood inlays are so finished they look and both the hand-stitched upholstery and dashboard are finished so precisely it as if the work were done by Even the inside of the Ghost’s is better finished than cars’ interiors.

The company the hand-built Ghost passes no less than 60 pairs of and their slavish attention to is nothing short of amazing.

We found Rolls-Royce Ghost’s to be the most comfortable we’ve enjoyed, bar none. Our tester with the extra-cost individual in the rear (an additional $6,350), ventilated cushions front and ($3,500), and buyers can add a massaging to all four seats ($1,200 per for extreme decadence.

What’s our tester came with the rear theater configuration in which all settings that do not affect the driver can be controlled the back seat, including the passenger-seat adjustments. While is obviously for the benefit of Ghost who prefer to be chauffeured, in our case it was primarily for the younger sibling in the to annoy his older brother in the front passenger’s seat.

The Ghost’s dashboard is styled luxury yachts, with round aluminum air vents by metal rods the company “organ-stop plungers.” The steering is large and thin, and comes wrapped in leather with controls for the cruise control and systems and the hands-free interface are nicely chromed and easy to Instrumentation is tastefully presented as black-on pearlescent white

Instead of a conventional tachometer, there’s a gauge that how much of the engine’s power available. An analog clock just to the right of center on the is the only spot on the car upon the Ghost moniker is emblazoned.

It’s our duty as an automotive to identify nitpicks, and thus we can the side mirrors on the Rolls-Royce are so large as to obstruct the driver’s visibility. Also, the sun visors are thin and incorporate what are pocket-sized vanity mirrors. But in our the worst flaw to be found in the Ghost is the use of BMW’s often “iDrive” multimedia control that consolidates various and systems – including audio and – into a single interface to button clutter.

Here, a display monitor resides a wood panel, with operations governed by a center-console knob-like joystick that’s by a series of shortcut buttons to make operating the array Our tester included separate in both the front and rear to be able to confound all four at the same time. Proper buttons and switches, as are already for the climate control system, presets and other select would work better and more at home in the Rolls-Royce ’s majestic cabin, and there’s enough real estate on the and center console to accommodate

As one might expect, convenience are plentiful, with the front even including built-in umbrellas for when the weather becomes inclement. A wide of customization is available, with able to have their Ghosts fitted with from a huge panoramic ($7,000) wood fold-down tables for the rear seats padded lamb’s wool mats ($1,100), a small ($2,400) and myriad trim and treatments.

Beyond that, much anything goes…at a Our tester stickered at $302,250 a $2,000 destination charge and gas-guzzler tax, and at that only “modestly” equipped.

The Ghost may not be the ultimate ride in all but as we were informed the typical is wealthy enough to own multiple – seven or eight is average – to their specific vehicular It’s not uncommon for a Rolls-Royce to garage space with a or Lamborghini, a Range Rover and even a Bentley for good As F. Scott Fitzgerald (or Ernest depending on whom you believe) said. “The rich are To that we would add, they drive nicer

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