If a car in Rolls-Royce's lineup must be called entry-level, it's the Ghost. This sedan may be the brand's least-expensive vehicle, but it's still more opulent than any mainstream luxury car. Like all other 2021 Rolls-Royce models the Ghost has V-12 power and myriad potential for bespoke personalization. For those who would prefer to be driven than drive themselves, the Ghost Extended adds rear-seat legroom and is well suited for chauffeur duty. The current second-generation Ghost was fully redesigned for the 2021 model year.
Rolls-Royce redesigned the Ghost for the 2021 model year. Highlights include:
Is the Ghost a proper Rolls-Royce? The last model bore the Spirit of Ecstasy on its hood, but somewhat lacked the boldness and ultimate refinement signified by that chrome-plated badge. The new Ghost, fully redesigned for 2021, is more worthy of it than ever before.
Now, the Ghost's comfort is beyond reproach. Road imperfections cause only tiny intrusions in the cabin, while plush materials further insulate its occupants from the outside world. Its new design approach feels built for the modern era yet true to classic Rolls-Royce themes.
Whereas some Rolls-Royce cars are meant to be driven in, the Ghost feels built for its driver. Besides the mighty V-12, the new all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering systems help it handle with better agility than its size suggests. As pleasant as it is to cruise around in, the Ghost obliges on a winding road as well.
In its latest incarnation the Ghost is more appealing than ever. Superb luxury and a bit of exciting character make it worthy of the Spirit on its hood.
No Rolls-Royce is inexpensive, but one must take the place of the cheapest car in the lineup. That distinction goes to the Ghost, which starts at $332,500. Prices for the long-wheelbase Ghost Extended begin at $380,000. Not included in either of these prices is the $2,750 delivery fee or $2,600 gas guzzler tax. Nor are any options—and options are plentiful. Custom paints, bespoke upholsteries, and personalized trim details are just a few of the ways a Ghost customer can make their car a one-off. So while the Ghost is the least expensive Rolls-Royce it's still extremely expensive, and easily made more so by checking a few boxes.
Like every other 2021 Rolls-Royce, the Ghost has a V-12 engine. It's a twin-turbocharged 6.7-liter unit that produces 563 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. The Ghost is built on Rolls' "Architecture of Luxury," which joins the V-12 to an eight-speed automatic transmission that uses GPS data to preemptively shift for road conditions ahead and all-wheel drive. Despite its size and weight the Ghost should be able to waft to 60 mph in an estimated 4.6 seconds. Given that it's EPA-rated at 12/19 mpg city/highway, it seems reasonable to assume that most Ghost buyers choose it for reasons besides stand-out fuel economy.
Rolls-Royce concept cars hint that the brand is looking towards an autonomous future. It's not here yet, but for 2021 the Ghost offers numerous driver-assist features that make every journey more relaxing, even if the car can't drive itself. These include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. It's possible that more semi-autonomous driver aids will be added later in the Ghost's production run.
The Ghost is hardly a small car. Designed to be as comfortable as possible, it offers abundant space for passengers in both rows of seats. Those who enjoy driving will find much to like about the Ghost, but what about those who prefer to be driven? For them, Rolls-Royce offers the Ghost Extended. This model has the same engine and features as the standard Ghost, but adds six inches to the wheelbase for even greater rear-seat legroom. Whoever's riding in back can sprawl out while a chauffeur does the hard work of driving. But considering how nicely the Ghost drives, it's impossible to say who'll be having the better time.