Every Rolls-Royce launch is an event. Even more so when the youngest, the new generation of the Ghost limousine, renews (a little) its style and (a lot) its technologies. All of this, of course, at the service of great luxury and exclusivity.
What are the rarest events across the Channel? The birth of a Royal Baby? The victory of an English club in the Champions League? Or the release of a new Rolls-Royce? The Rolls of course, especially when it comes to the last generation of the Ghost, the best-selling model in the brand’s history.
Because yes, the small limousine of the range has had a very good career. Marketed in 2010 to “democratize” the brand and appeal to a younger audience, less thrilled by the gargantuan dimensions of the big sister Phantom, it did not take long to experience great success. Perpetuated then by Wraith coupe and Dawn convertible variants.
With the arrival of the new bestseller, the Cullinan SUV, the Ghost had to renew itself. Not so aesthetically, the Rolls style being timeless, but rather technically. The old platform is outdated, to say the least, as are its on-board technologies.
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New generation, new platform
Rolls has therefore largely modernized its score. The Ghost is now based on a specific chassis, entirely in aluminum. Bye the platform of the BMW 7 Series cousin! Such a skeleton allowed engineers to modify the anchoring of the front suspensions in order to move the engine back slightly and thus obtain a perfect 50/50 weight distribution.
Another great novelty, the abandonment of propulsion for all-wheel drive with rear wheel steering. A Cullinan inspiration intended to facilitate the handling of a baby of 2.490 kg now measuring 5.55 meters long and 1.98 m wide (+ 9 cm in length and + 3 cm in width). Realize, that’s 1.50 m longer than a Renault Clio!
The last but not the least (forgive the anglicisms, de rigueur for a Rolls-Royce), the Ghost inaugurates the all-new “Planar” predictive air suspension, designed to offer the best comfort while containing cash movements. Concretely, this state-of-the-art suspension is capable, thanks to cameras and GPS of scan the road and prepare the suspension system for any change in surface.
Caress the road
Working in concert with the Upper Wishbone piloted damping, all-wheel drive with rear-wheel steering and stability control, this technology works wonders. The famous flying carpet praised by the brand is more relevant than ever, the Ghost seems hover over the road, absorbing all the smallest defects of the road without ever compromising comfort. It’s simply amazing, even more so than on the Cullinan!
Without forgetting the softness of its direction, airship almost at your fingertips, and its perfect soundproofing. With more than 100 kilos of insulation used, the Ghost eliminates almost all air and rolling noise. An almost electric silence. Confusing !
Fortunately, the electric at Rolls is not for now. At the moment, under the Spirit Of Ecstasy is still found the 6-liter 75 V12 biturbo with 571 hp and 850 Nm of torque, with a very characteristic hiss. A majestic block, far from considerations of consumption and CO2 emissions, supported by an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox capable of offering it honorable performance for such a size: 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds and 250 km / h top speed.
These figures are all the more interesting as the Ghost is rather alert in dynamic driving. Once its dimensions have been understood, the entry-level Rolls benefit from relative agility, steering short – thanks to the steering rear wheels – and a vigorous engine at all speeds. However, its roll and its too soft braking remind us that it asks to be taken with pleasure rather than brutality.
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Luxury, refinement and personalization
Moreover, a question arises with such a car. Drive or be driven? It must be said that taking advantage of the rear seats is an extraordinary experience. Between the gigantic space, the softness of the enormous massage, heated and ventilated seats, the screen with integrated television, the refrigerated cellar, the soft lambswool rugs tickling the soles of the feet and of course the unmissable sky star, there are plenty of arguments for taking up residence behind the driver.
And those who prefer to get behind the – big – steering wheel will not be disappointed either. Combining the classicism of Rolls design with the modernity of fully digital instrumentation, the dashboard is a blend of luxury and simplicity. The noble materials – extended leather, topstitched, perforated, woodwork and aluminum – covering every inch of the cabin are perfectly adjusted, and do not suffer from any reproach. Except that perhaps of being inaccessible to ordinary people.
Cherry on the cake (promised it is the last), the Ghost takes up the theme of the stars on its dashboard on the passenger side with a constellation of 850 light points. One example among many others of infinite personalization. Anything is possible, as long as you put your hand in the wallet. The brand claims it loud and clear, each model is unique.
A more contemporary pencil stroke
The proof with our Ghost of the day. Very elegantly dressed in Tempest Gray paint, its body line is highlighted by a hand-painted purple line and polished 21-inch rims. His pencil stroke, more modern and more angular, is still as refined. If the rear changes too little, at the front the rectangular lights and the shield with C-shaped release make its look sharper. And what about the legendary Pantheon grille now lit by around twenty LEDs. Simply spectacular!
The spectacle is really everywhere since the doors with antagonistic opening are now entirely electric. To close them, nothing new, just touch the button on the handle. On the other hand, to open them, just pull the handle from the inside and the sash deploys. alone. Because yes, out of the question to get tired with too heavy doors, it is still a Rolls-Royce.
|Model tested: Rolls-Royce Ghost V12 6.75 571 hp|
|Dimensions L x W x H||5.546 / 2.148 / 1.571 m|
|Min / max trunk volume||500 liters|
|Unloaded weight||2.490 kg|
|Engine displacement||V12 biturbo – 6.749 cm3|
|Engine power||571 hp at 5,000 rpm|
|Couple||850 Nm between 1,600 and 4,750 rpm|
|0 to 100 km / h||4.8 s|
|Max speed||250 km / h (electronically limited)|
|Combined cycle consumption||15.2 l / 100 km (WLTP)|
|CO2 rate||347 g / km (WLTP)|
|Bonus Malus||€ 30,000 (2021)|
|Prices||From 305,000 €|
|Price of the model tested||€ 410,000|