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2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost
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2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Imperious V-12 power
  • Unexpectedly agile handling
  • Materials and quality are beyond reproach

Cons

  • Black Badge model's coarse ride
  • Villainous fuel consumption
  • Some options more tacky than classy

Nonsensical as it is to call a Rolls-Royce entry-level, the Ghost holds that distinction in the brand's lineup. Indeed, it's less expensive than other Rollers, but compared to today's high-end luxury cars, it's on a different level. Like every 2022 Rolls-Royce, the Ghost is powered by a V-12 engine. Spacious as the standard car is, the Ghost Extended has a longer wheelbase for more rear-seat legroom. For 2022, the Black Badge variant joins the lineup to provide a relatively sporty driving experience. Any can be personalized to its buyer's whim.

What We Think

The last-generation Ghost never quite enamored us, feeling more like a super-nice BMW 7 Series than a downsized Phantom. In its current form, however, the Ghost is a stunner—fully worthy of the Spirit of Ecstasy on its hood.

Rolls-Royces are stereotyped as being better to be driven in than to actually drive, but the Ghost proves that isn't true. The all-wheel-drive and four-wheel steering systems add surprising agility to the experience. Then there's the stupendous V-12 engine, which seems to accelerate by gravitational force rather than simple combustion.

Although the standard Silver Badge specification rides immaculately, the performance-oriented Black Badge model doesn't have the smoothness Rolls-Royces are renowned for. That's a shame, because its blacked-out looks are so menacingly cool.

Regardless, the Ghost remains one of the world's most luxurious cars, not only on account of how it drives but how it's built, as well. Opulent materials are crafted to the highest standards, with an encyclopedic array of options, colors, and finishings offered for buyers to personalize their Ghost. The overall experience is singular, impossible to be replaced by mistaken for anything else.

How Quick Is a Rolls-Royce Ghost?

Smooth-revving V-12 engines have long been a Rolls-Royce hallmark, a tradition that continues in the Ghost. It's a 6.75-litre—ahem, liter—mill supplemented by twin turbochargers, connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The transmission is GPS-linked to preemptively shift for road conditions ahead, and standard four-wheel steering adds agility uncommon for such a long car.

In the standard Silver Badge model, the V-12 produces 563 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, which we tested as accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. In the sporty Ghost Black Badge, output rises to 592 hp and 664 lb-ft, potentially slicing a tenth of a second or two off the standard car's 0-60 sprint. Regardless of specification, the 2022 Ghost is EPA rated at 12/19 mpg city/highway.

How Expensive Is a Rolls-Royce Ghost?

Starting at $332,500—before a $2,750 delivery fee and $2,600 gas guzzler tax—the Ghost is somehow the least expensive model in the Rolls-Royce range. The Ghost Extended has a base price of $380,000 before fees, and the Black Badge package adds $43,850. Opulent as Rolls-Royces are as standard, hardly any are sold in basic specification. Rather, buyers choose from a nearly endless list of color, trim, and personalization options, easily adding six figures to the Ghost's MSRP. For example, a Ghost Silver Badge we tested rang in at $428,625, and a Black Badge crested the half-million-dollar mark. For enough money, Rolls will build its clients an entirely one-off car.

What Is a Rolls-Royce Black Badge?

No Rolls-Royce can really be called sporty, but for clientele who are willing to sacrifice a bit of comfort for a slightly sharper experience—and more sinister styling—the brand offers the Black Badge specification. In the Ghost Black Badge's case, the V-12 engine's power increases, its chassis is retuned, and its wheels are hewn from carbon fiber. Stylistically, the Ghost Black Badge is distinguished by blacked-out chrome. Is the Black Badge package worth its $43,850 outlay? We think not. The stiffer suspension setup undoes Rolls-Royce's incredible magic carpet ride without commensurate handling improvements, and the V-12 is so powerful to begin with that the additional 29 hp and 37 lb-ft are hardly noticeable.

How Much Legroom Is in the Ghost Extended?

As enormous as the Ghost is, it's not large enough for some clients. That's why Rolls-Royce offers the Ghost Extended, which is, as the name implies, an extended-wheelbase version of the car. It adds 6 inches to the standard car's 129.7-inch wheelbase, increasing rear-seat legroom and luxury with features such as optional reclining back seats. Although the standard Ghost is intended for drivers who like to take the wheel, the Ghost Extended is targeted at those who want to be chauffeured without going all-out for a Phantom.

Rolls-Royce Is Going Electric

It's no secret that Rolls-Royce is focused on electric cars, with rumors, bizarre concepts, and prototypes going back more than a decade. More recently, the brand teased the Spectre, an all-electric coupe that bears some resemblance to the Wraith. Given Rolls' commitment to have an all-electric lineup by 2030, our estimate is that a Ghost EV—or an EV that replaces the Ghost—is just a few years away.

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