Behold, the all new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Dear Bentley Flying Spur, please be worried should you care...
After countless spy shots and official teasers about this upcoming 2021 Ghost from the brand of the double R, it is now finally presented in its full, production-ready glory. And what a car this is from first impressions!
And being the Ghost model that has been with us since the early 2010s, this is the more budget-friendly option for those who choose to rep the Chichester marque's products without spending a juvenile amount of cash on, let's say a Phantom or Cullinan. As if this Ghost is budget friendly at all in the first place considering its a Rolls-Royce after all, because nothing screams "I got more money than you".
Pop under the hood, as if anybody with a Roller would ever do in their lifetime, you are instantly greeted by a finely crafted V12 consisting a displacement of 6 and 3/4 liters. Paired with two turbos, it presents the owner (or more likely, the chauffeur) with an athletic 563hp and 850Nm (627lb-ft) of torque, with the full buzz arriving in at just 1,600rpm to effortlessly whisk the passenger away from any possible paparazzi within a 3 mile radius, obviously.
Unfortunately, through the WLTP cycle, this car gets only a claimed 18.6mpg (15.7l/100km), but fortunately, refuelling should just be spare change to the lucky owner of this car.
The engine is placed behind the front axle of the car, Rolls-Royce claims, to achieve the holy grail weight distribution of 50/50. Power is sent through all four wheels of the car through an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, and all-wheel steering is available for the first time in this brand.
And being the most technologically advanced Roller in history, there are a few tricks up the sleeve of this car, with it manly relating to cameras. The Satellite Aided Transmission uses GPS and camera technology to detect any upcoming bends in the road so the transmission can select the suitable gear to waft through it as smoothly as possible, and the Planar Suspension System, which also uses cameras, uses them this time to detect any potholes in the ground so the suspension can automatically soak in the bumps as subtly as possible.
Now stepping on the outside, you instantly see a familiar resemblance of a car, with the gentle flowing backside and the short front overhangs. Taillights also seem familiar as do the shape of the side windows. That's right, this car is heavily influenced by its bigger brother, the Phantom. Work has also been put into an exterior area that many manufacturers do not really care about: The panel gaps. They are minimised as much as possible to give the body the feeling of one, continuous flowing piece metal.
Now onto the most important part, the interior. Being a Rolls-Royce, one does not simply step in the car, instead, that motion is more like an invitation into an exclusive clubhouse. Previously in the last-generation, everybody has been shocked and wow-ed by the automatically closing doors of the car, and guess what? This car has it too, plus it also has an electrically assisted door opener activated through the door handle, because Rolls-Royce owners do not, and shall not participate in actions that require the straining of muscles.
Elsewhere inside the car, it boasts a whopping 18 speakers with a total of 1300W, plus a stiffened chassis (gone is the 7 Series platform, this is a Ghost-only one) to carry the 100kg worth of hidden cocai-no, sound deadening material. And the usual Rolls-Royce hallmark features are also present in this car, from the 'starlight' headliner to intense attention to detail down to the very last part.
Want one? That will be £250,000 in the UK after tax, please. Or to the friends in the US, $332,000 for you lot. Rolls-Royce has already started production of the car and the configurator is live on the site for us mortals who want one, but cannot afford it.
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