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Rolls Royce Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a luxury sedan manufactured by the Rolls-Royce Motor Company. It was introduced in 2009, but its name can be traced back to the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost that was in production from 1906 to 1926. The Rolls-Royce Ghost had an internal designation of RR04, while it was in the development stage. It was designed to be a more realistic car than the Rolls-Royce Phantom, and was therefore priced lower. The Ghost was announced at the Auto Shanghai show in April 2009 and officially unveiled in the Frankfurt Motor Show later in the same year.

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Rolls-Royce Ghost Origins

The Rolls-Royce 200EX concept car, which was displayed in the Geneva Motor Show held in March 2009, showed the body styling of the production model Rolls-Royce Ghost. However, there were a few differences such as the material used in the body of both cars. The 200EX concept car used a high tensile strength steel that allowed a thinner body, while the Rolls-Royce Ghost had an all-aluminum chassis. Moreover, the concept used intelligent four-corner air suspension system with multi-link aluminum axles at the front and rear along with other high-tech features that were not added to the production model of Rolls-Royce Ghost.

About the Rolls-Royce Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is known among enthusiasts as "the little one," and for good reason. The Ghost is, in every respect, a smaller version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom, another luxury sedan, launched in 2003 to resounding critical and commercial success. The Phantom was the first model manufactured by Rolls-Royce after becoming a subsidiary of BMW.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is considered to be the epitome of luxury: always kept safe in the garage and used only on very rare occasions. However, the Rolls-Royce Ghost breaks the cover of luxury, or at least brings it down enough to become a daily car. Even the older Silver Ghost was famous for its classical reliability, and the new Ghost fulfills the legacy of the old one quite well. It is a driver’s car that is fun to ride in and is smaller than its bigger brother, the Phantom.

Most importantly, the Ghost is also a cheaper version of the Phantom and, in every way, its smaller sibling. The car is an entry-level Rolls-Royce with a low price tag in comparison to other Rolls-Royce cars.

Rolls-Royce Ghost Features

Chief designer Ian Cameron designed the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Helmut Riedl, the head of development for the Rolls-Royce Phantom, engineered it. The Rolls-Royce Ghost is actually a competitor to luxury sedans like the Bentley Continental Flying Spur that are less expensive than the ultra-luxurious Phantom. The Ghost does not have the Parthenon grille like the Phantom, but its own chrome-vane grill is sleeker. Overall, the shape of the Rolls-Royce Ghost can immediately set it apart as a Rolls-Royce.

Around 20 percent of the Rolls-Royce Ghost is shared with the BMW 7 Series F01 platform, but the car is still able to identify itself as part of the Rolls-Royce lineage. Most of the shared components of the Rolls-Royce Ghost exist in the electrical architecture, climate control system, engine components, and some parts of the floor pan.

The wheelbase of car is 129.7 inches, which is different from the BMW 7 Series, as are the roof height, bonnet height, and track width. The adaptive air spring suspension on the Rolls-Royce Ghost is fitted on all four corners of the car and is borrowed from the Phantom. The FlexRay electronic system is another shared element between the Ghost and Phantom. The car weighs around 2.4 tons, which makes it lighter than the massive Phantom, but still quite a lot heavier than the average luxury sedan.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost, like other models produced by the company, uses the iDrive user interface from BMW. However, the famous "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament on the Ghost features more user functions than the ornament on the Phantom.

A massive 6.6-liter BMW N74 twin-turbocharged V-12 engine provides the power to the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Although it is smaller than the Phantom, the Ghost is still a formidably large vehicle, and therefore needs an engine as massive as a V-12 to move it around. Variable valve timing, valvetronic, and high-precision direct fuel injection system complement the engine. All these elements allow the engine to produce 563 bhp of power and generate 580 lb-ft of torque.

The engine is mated with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission gearbox. Nobody really races with a car as luxurious as the Rolls-Royce Ghost, but the car can reach 60 mph from standstill within 4.7 seconds. It has an electronically limited maximum speed of 155 mph. The Rolls-Royce Ghost is quite a large car, but its engine is very responsive. The controls are surprisingly delicate, making the Ghost easy and fun to drive around.

Select a Rolls Royce Ghost Year

2013 Rolls Royce Ghost

Luxury, Sedan

To refer to the 2013 Ghost as Rolls Royce’s ""entry level"" car is an understatement of epic proportions.

2012 Rolls Royce Ghost

Luxury, Sedan

The Ghost was an all-new car in 2009, and at Rolls-Royce, progress doesn't come quickly. The Ghost has been a boon for the Rolls-Royce brand, selling well in Asia, the Middle East, and America.

2011 Rolls Royce Ghost

Luxury, Sedan

The 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost was introduced in April 2009 at the Auto Shanghai Show.

2010 Rolls Royce Ghost

Luxury, Sedan

For its initial year of production, the Ghost features an all-new 6.6-liter V-12 engine that will scoot occupants from rest to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. Not bad.

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