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2013 Rolls Royce Ghost Review
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To refer to the 2013 Ghost as Rolls Royce’s ""entry level"" car is an understatement of epic proportions. With a starting price of over $250,000, the 2013 Ghost is everything that a Rolls Royce is expected to be. Available in two models, the standard wheelbase model and the Ghost Extended Wheelbase version, everything about the sedans exudes luxury. Rolls Royce offers a great wealth of customization options for every new car the company builds, and the workmanship put into these cars is second to none. In light of the fact that Rolls Royce is part of the BMW family of brands, it is no surprise that the current 7-Series chassis underpins the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost. With its stately appearance, coach doors, and iconic hood ornament, the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost is among the most readily-identifiable vehicles on the market.
New For 2013
The 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost receives only minor updates over the previous year’s model. Updates for 2013 include:
- Perforated leather headliner
- A panoramic sunroof is standard for the Ghost Extended Wheelbase
- Natural Grain leather becomes an option
- An updated night vision system is installed, adding new pedestrian detection technology
- A Smart Trunk Opener is added, allowing a leg movement below the rear bumper to open the trunk lid
The exterior of 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost is striking, sleek, and attention-grabbing to say the least. Built of forged steel, the body panels are hammered thin to decrease overall weight while preserving safety with tensile strength. The famous Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament is there, albeit with a twist: after decades of regular thievery of the iconic emblem, the modern cars now retract the hood ornament when the car is not in operation. The Extended Wheelbase model adds about seven inches to the overall car.19.5-inch wheels are standard, with a 20-inch upgrade as an option. Available options include body-colored wheel centers, Silver Satin Bonnet (""Hood"") finish, and adaptive headlights.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2013 Ghost is true to Rolls Royce-form. Leather is standard on the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost, and all upholstery is handled in facilities common to the automaker’s upscale Phantom model. Standard interior features include cruise control, front and rear cup holders, remote trunk release, and a telescopic steering wheel. The front seats found in the 2013 Ghost offer heating, power-adjustable front seats, and power-adjustable lumbar support. Creature comforts include air-conditioning, a real alloy, leather, and wood dash trim, front and rear reading lights, and leather steering wheel covering. Entertainment amenities in the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost include 16 speakers, AM/FM/CD with high-output amplifier (600W), a radio data system, and USB connectivity. Telematics inside the cabin include a hard-drive-based navigation with turn-by-turn directions, Bluetooth connectivity, and phone hookup. Standard options for the 2013 Ghost include front or rear massage seats, picnic tables, custom Rolls Royce Inlays, seat piping, black cashmere headlining, stainless steel pinstripes, lamb’s wool floor mats, and rear compartment curtains. The Rolls Royce factory is famous for offering a wide array of different customization options inside the cabin, including custom embroidered seats, custom color configurations, and exotic fabrics. As with any Rolls Royce, the 2013 Ghost can be made to suit any owner.
Safety in the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost starts with the strong steel body panels and full complement of airbags. Other safety considerations built into the 2013 Ghost include four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), an engine immobilizer, Xenon headlamps, electronic brake force distribution, whiplash protection, and automatic brake drying. Traction and stability control are included in the design of the 2013 Ghost, as are dusk-sensing headlights.
The feeling of driving the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost can be likened to parsing the landscape rather than merely piloting through highways. With its potent powertrain featuring a 6.6-liter, twelve-cylinder engine, the 2013 Ghost makes its presence known only long enough to leave a specter in the minds of bystanders as the stately sedan whisks by. The substantial 563-hp output is tempered by double-wishbone front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, stability, and traction control. The eight-speed shift-able transmission is seamless.
When taken together, the robust power and extreme comfort of the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost allow this ""entry level"" offering from the famed automaker to eagerly outpace most competitors. Beautiful, powerful, elegant, and refined, the 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost addresses the needs of its intended audience with grace and power, and the results are envy-inspiring.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost
- Bentley Continental
- BMW 7-Series
- Maybach 57