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How much? £192,500
On sale in the UK: Now
Engine: 6529cc 48v twin-turbo V12, 563bhp @ 5250rpm, 575lb ft @ 1500rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive
Performance: 4.7sec 0-62mph, 155mph, 21mpg, 317g/km CO2
How heavy / made of? 2360kg/steel
How big (length/width/height in mm)? 5399/1948/1550
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Rolls-Royce Ghost (2009) CAR review

By Chris Chilton (photography by Mark Fagelson)

First Drives

10 December 2009 13:54

This is the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, a £192k British-built luxury limo. Find the majestic Rolls-Royce Phantom a bit gauche? Some potential owners do, says Rolls, so the smaller, more demure and slightly more affordable Ghost is the answer. Read on for CAR's verdict on the new Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Demure? Surely the whole point of having a Rolls is to make a statement.

We’d have thought so too, but some potential buyers wanted all of the luxury of the Phantom in a package that they could leave on a parking meter without attracting undue attention. The more restrained presence and £192,500 list price (£80k less than the Phantom) means 80 percent of Ghost buyers will be new to the brand. And over half of those are likely to come from Bentley, not something the Crewe concern will be happy to hear.

So Rolls just chopped a chunk out of the wheelbase and made the grille smaller?

No, this is an all-new car. Well, all-new if you discount the BMW 7-series with which the Ghost shares some mechanical components. The Phantom is constructed around an aluminium spaceframe but the Ghost’s chassis is a steel unibody. Aluminium chassis are chunky affairs so sticking with steel allowed Rolls to endow the Ghost with interior space not far short of the Phantom while keeping the footprint much smaller. The 5399mm Ghost is 435mm shorter, 42mm narrower and 82mm shorter than a Phantom with the standard wheelbase.

So it’s just a 760i in a posh dress?

No, it’s a very different car with its own personality. And this one actually rides well. But if you examined their DNA, you’d see similarities. The supercharged V12 for instance, is a 6.6-litre version of the 6.0 motor in the 760i and backed up by the same eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power climbs from 537bhp in the BMW to 563bhp, and torque from 553lb ft to 570lb ft. The Phantom carries on with its own different (and much less powerful) V12.

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majorScoop

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majorScoop says

RE: Rolls-Royce Ghost (2009) CAR review

In a Rolls I'd listen only to straight jazz and "classical" piano or violin.

generally to listen to most of he prog, I would have to be on some of the stuff the proggers were on...

of course, never to radio, even for news - maybe Bloomberg on sat-radio.

22 January 2010 14:35

 

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eahmmoa says

RE: Rolls-Royce Ghost (2009) CAR review

I like the Ghost's exterior design, however i tried sitting in the driver's seat in dubai motor show last week and i was surprised that the materials used in the car's interior are not up to RR expected levels. look at the driving wheel and feel the plastics used ofr the bottons are of low standard for such car. competitors from lower classes such as 7 series, A8 and S class use higher grade of wood and plastics (i can't believe i am saying this!!!)

22 December 2009 12:33

 

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comment8 says

RE: Rolls-Royce Ghost (2009) CAR review

The washer bottle and cap look very 10k not 200k. Probably the only thing an owner driver might in a pinch have to touch under the bonnet too. As for the crashing over potholes -  unforgivable in any limo let alone a Roller. Verdict: VdP'd 7 - they did learn something from Rover after all...

15 December 2009 02:22

 

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Brand0 says

RE: Rolls-Royce Ghost (2009) CAR review

JACKMO - I'll concede that BMW design has changed, if you really need something to bite on (even though they've always been recognisably BMW) but as for the rest - well, you could haved yourself the hassel of so many words and replaced them with the word 'progress'.

 

By the way, since when did staying true to heritiage mean not being modern?  When did it mean having to stay in the place it was conceived? Is a British-born Muslim any less Muslim than a cousin born down the road from Mecca? What do they teach you kids at school nowadays? (sorry - don't how to do the face thing)

15 December 2009 00:37

 

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gtrslngr says

RE: Rolls-Royce Ghost (2009) CAR review

 Troc & Witt;

           I have to tell you both this is really dredging up the memories .

 

        Second song I taught myself from the Album . " Silver Paper " Mountain . Growing up in  the area they were the NY,NJ hometown heroes .

        First and third in case you're interested . " Closer To Home " and " Inside Looking Out " Grand Funk RR

Then my first ELP Album .........................................

14 December 2009 17:53

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