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Why the new Rolls-Royce Ghost has the quietest luxury cabin in the business

Breaking cover today is the new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, the most advanced vehicle with a Spirit of Ecstasy badge on its hood.

The Ghost, promising a smaller dose of English luxury, was made to fit tighter parking spots and days where your chauffeur takes an off. It’s a pure driver’s car, instead of a back-seat-focused luxury wagon like the Phantom. In 2009, the men at Goodwood, Sussex, wanted to build an opulent ride that could take on the BMW 7 Series, an everyday presidential ride. After 11 long years, it returns, reinvented to meet contemporary luxury standards. The twin-turbo 6.8-litre V-12 might be familiar, but otherwise, under the elegant skin, it’s a whole new Ghost.

 

Change is a slow process for this marque. Even with the Gen 2 Rolls Royce Ghost, it’s more evolution than revolution. At first impression itself, you’ll notice that the headlights are sharper with a C-shaped daytime-running light and a much more in-your-face grille, both contributing to a sportier face than its predecessor. The new Rolls-Royce Ghost is also based on the same aluminium spaceframe architecture as the Phantom and the Cullinan and has grown by 89-mm in length, 30-mm in width and 21-mm in height.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a spectacular automobile, even though its current form reminisces the old. On the inside, Ghost’s driver-centric feel is apparent. The dashboard is conventional yet cleared. However, getting in the front does rob you of that special experience of the rear-hinged ‘coach’ back doors. The dashboard’s woodwork boasts 152 LED lights whereas we see more than 850 ‘stars’ on the roof, creating a one-of-a-kind celestial luxury appeal. While it claims to be an RR tech marvel, it keeps up to luxe standards, nothing fancy. However, the dashboard features a variety of buttons, dials, and ‘organ-stop’ controls for basic climate control and infotainment functions.

Rolls-Royce Ghost

To add a special touch, Rolls-Royce has paid attention to sound-proofing. They’ve engineered power assistance into the door-opening system along with 100 kgs of acoustic damping materials all through the insides. While Rolls did experiment with the idea of having a completely silent cabin, acoustic specialists found it ‘disorientating’. Which is why it’s been tuned to hear a faint whisper.

Rolls-Royce Ghost

In terms of power, the V-12, twin-turbo 6.8-litre engine produces the same 563-horsepower and 627-lb-ft of torque it makes on the Cullinan. Power reaches the wheels, thanks to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and a wildcard all-wheel-drive system, the first entry of its kind in Rolls-Royce books. The Ghost is also said to pull 0-to-60-mph in 4.6 seconds and will have a top speed limited to 155-mph.

Rolls-Royce is yet to unveil the pricing and the availability of the Gen-2 Ghost in India. However, we’re expecting a hefty Rs 6 crore plus price-tag in India.

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Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.