Rolls-Royce Ghost (2009): the latest spyshots

Published: 11 May 2009

Rolls-Royce’s new Ghost – the long-awaited ‘baby’ Rolls – is still pounding the roads around Munich and Goodwood, as the countdown to launch continues. We’ve put the Rolls Ghost alongside the 200EX concept car to prove how similar the two are.

The UK-registered car we spotted trundling around the Munich environs is running the new 6592cc turbocharged V12 that will power all Ghosts. And it’s worth checking out the (undoctored) shot of the Ghost driving alongside a 1-series; the ‘baby’ Rolls is anything but, stretching to well over five metres in length.

What do these new spy photos of the Rolls Ghost prove?

It’s clear to see the coach doors have been kept for the smaller Ghost. Indeed the Phantom has clearly influenced the Ghost’s overall design, with a similar bluff front end and plenty of stately details from every angle – all designed to be slightly less intimidating than the Phantom’s epic grandeur.

The 200EX concept is now on a world tour, having visited New York, Shanghai and Singapore as the company drums up interest. Officials claim it’s appealing to the sort of buyer who’s found the Phantom too much and many lapsed customers are now putting down deposits, as well as new owners moving up from smaller Bentleys or top-end BMWs, Mercs, Audis and Jaguars.

Rolls has confirmed a handful of details about the new Ghost:

• Four doors, five seats
• Length/width/heigh: 5399mm/1948mm/1550mm
• Wheelbase 3295mm
• Engine 6.6-litre V12 turbo
• Power ‘upwards of 500bhp’
• Gearbox eight-speed ZF auto

Expect the Rolls Ghost to go on sale in autumn 2009, priced from around £180,000. The exact price won’t be announced until the Frankfurt motor show launch – but the target is ‘between €200,000 and €250,000 net of taxes’. Blame fluctuating exchange rates for the delay…

By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet