The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a sumptuous saloon from the celebrated English Marquee. The moniker “Ghost” was given in honor of the iconic Silver Ghost that propelled racer Don Carlos de Salamanca to victory at the 1913 Spanish Grand Prix. The victory exemplified the effortless driving credentials of the Silver-Ghost that was sought to be imitated in the 2009 version.
The RR04 which was the design name of the Ghost was premeditated to be a much smaller, and measured realistic car in comparison to the Phantom. The Ghost was designed to cater to a lower price category; the retail price being £170,000 (US$255,000). The working model was launched officially at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. An Extended Wheelbase version was introduced in 2011.
The Ghost has been endowed with a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged and direct-injection V12 engine underneath its long bonnet that produces a astounding 563 horsepower (110 horse powers more than the Phantom) and 575 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox sends the groundbreaking power to the rear wheels, which makes it clock zero-to-sixty miles per hour in 4.7-second. Although Fuel economy was never going to be a big concern for buyers in the ultra-luxury segment, still the car dishes out a healthy figure of 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
The interiors of the Ghost feature a suitably affluent and extravagant cabin that's filled to the brim with soft leather, fine wood dapper and abundant gadgets. Highlights include a navigation system, a premium audio system with 16 speakers, front massaging seats, automatic rear coach doors, 4-zone self-climate control, adjustable cruise control and 19-inch wheels. An infinite amount of choices are available and the car can be further modified with exclusive colors and interior furnishing through Bespoke Commission program of Rolls Royce.
Safety features comprise twin front side and entire length side curtain airbags in addition to toehold and stability control systems. An optional driver's support systems package enables a lane-departure warning system, routine high beams, a head-up display and a night-vision camera.
The Ghost was designed by Thurner Andreas and engineered by Riedl Helmut, the people behind the phenomenal growth of the larger Rolls-Royce Phantom. Stretching 212.6 inches in entire length from bonnet to ankle boot, the Ghost is the smallest model Rolls-Royce has ever offered, yet it's still 6 inches longer than other full-size luxury hatchbacks like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 series.
Unlike the aluminum-sculpted Phantom, the 200EX was manufactured from steel, which has a greater elasticity and can therefore be made thinner. The chassis employs a smart 4 angled air suspension system and aluminum front and rear multi-linked axles. Features like active roll Stabilization, 4 sided air springs and changeable damping Control operate as one, undetectably, to enable the best possible comfort for passengers. The car is a heavily adapted platform sharing similarities with the latest BMW 7-Series, more commonly known as the F-01 platform. The Ghost has a wheelbase of 3,290 mm (roughly 129.7 inches) and uses air springs similar to the Phantom. It also shares the electronic system dubbed Flex Ray with its larger compatriot and has a kerb weight of 2,470 kg.