BOO!!! Rolls Royce has just recently come up with the second iteration of the Ghost after a staggering 11 years and we all have been thunderstruck. It is no coincidence that the company took 11 years to create something similar to the original version, but the company spiced up the timeless look of the Ghost and gave it a much more sublime character. Why create a new recipe from scratch when you can amplify the intensity of flavors for a divine experience? The Ghost has been the most successful car in the Rolls line up for a long time. But we think that it won’t hold the podium for a long time and will pass down the baton to the Cullinan.
The baptized Ghost is one of the most advanced cars to come from the British luxury automobile brand. The company’s clients had requested them to not change too much from the original masterpiece and that is what the craftsmen at Rolls Royce did. Although, the reborn Ghost only carries forward the Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament sculpture and the umbrellas housed in the doors. The Cullinan, the Phantom, and the Ghost all sit on the same platform and the Ghost is even fitted with the same heart as on the Cullinan. The Ghost now comes with a sharper-looking front fascia, while the signature Rolls Royce grille is retained. The aggressive headlights are complemented by the blacked-out honeycomb-style vent on the bumper that is an airway to cool the massive V12 behind it. At the back, the car is as elegant as an opera singer giving the best performance of her lifetime. Clean swooping lines, twin exhaust pipes, and a pair of taillights combine to deliver a winning recipe.
The Ghost is underpinned by the same aluminum spaceframe architecture as seen on the Phantom and the Cullinan but features slight changes to the dimensions. The 2.5-tonne chariot has one of the finest ride quality in the world and the new Planar suspension system takes it up a notch. As claimed by Rolls Royce, the suspension set up features a world-first ‘upper wishbone damper’ for the front suspension (works simultaneously with the self-leveling air suspension) and a multi-link setup at the rear, with adaptive dampers. The concierge of a car also features a 12V active anti-roll bar at the rear which can tweak its stiffness according to the road conditions monitored by the front-facing camera.
The 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 on the Ghost produces 571 BHP and 850 Nm of torque. The torque is available from just 600rpm above the idle, which means from 1600rpm you have got the peak torque available for you. All this power is now distributed to all the four wheels and the mammoth can do 0-100 km/h in just 4.8s and can go up to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. Rolls has also fitted the Ghost with rear-wheel steering that improves the maneuverability at low speed by turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction of the front wheels and at higher speeds, they sync up with the front wheels to improve the high-speed cornering quotient.
The Ghost’s pièce de fête is its interiors where you are engulfed in exotic luxuries. The car’s interiors are a bit familiar to its predecessor but still extremely luxurious. The boffins at Rolls have made sure that the minimalist interiors preserve the exotic air around it. Yes, it does feature a large touchscreen infotainment system, but the chrome-ringed dials and sliders for climate control don’t make you feel like you have been sat in a spaceship. The passenger side panel of the dashboard features the back-lit Ghost name on the panel surrounded by a representation of a starry night. Once you shut the electronically operated doors by the touch of a button, you tune out all the noises of the outside world and this is achieved by using 100kg of acoustic damping materials all across the car. The 1300-watt bespoke audio system, with the Starlight headliner itself acting as a large speaker, makes you feel like you’re in your concert.
All of these luxuries will cost you Rs. 6.9 crores (ex-showroom, India), and by large, no two Ghosts will be identical. Surely, this car will blow our minds when we see it drive along the Queen’s Necklace or glide on the Bandra Worli Sea Link. As we mentioned earlier about the electronically operated doors, you can now open them with a touch of a button from the outside. Well worth the Rs. 6.9 crores that you are paying for it right?