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.
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.
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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