As stated in Ray Parker Jnr’s ‘Ghostbuster’ theme title – he ain’t afraid of no ghost and nor should you be. A few years ago we grabbed reviewed a Ghost courtesy of Rolls-Royce New Zealand and quickly understood what made it so popular – now there’s a new model that’s even better!
So what’s new?
It’s the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet and succeeds the most successful product in the marque’s 116-year history. It reflects ‘Post Opulent’ design philosophy, rejecting superficial expressions of wealth.
Built on rigid aluminium Rolls-Royce spaceframe architecture – The marque’s designers, engineers and craftspeople demanded the freedom to create a very
specific personality for new Ghost. These men and women were only able to create an
authentically super-luxury product without the constraints of platforms used to underpin lesser, high-volume vehicles. Hence, the Rolls-Royce proprietary aluminium spaceframe architecture. Reserved exclusively for Rolls-Royce, this architecture already underpins its flagship, Phantom, and its transformative SUV, Cullinan. The spaceframe’s flexibility and scalability freed the marque to serve the unique aesthetic and mechanical demands of new Ghost, and in doing so created an acoustically superior, highly rigid and dynamic proposition for Ghost within the RollsRoyce product portfolio.
All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering for unprecedented poise and surefootedness plus the World-first Planar suspension system significantly increases agility and effortlessness.
Equipped with hallmark 6.75-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, delivering 571PS and 850nm – Client feedback asking for near-instant torque and near-silent running led the marque to further develop the Rolls-Royce 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine. A bespoke Ghost engine map was created to ensure ample performance for this dynamic motor car, delivering 563bhp/420kW and 850Nm/627lb ft of torque to the all-wheel steer, all-wheel drivetrain. Commensurate with clients’ expectations, maximum torque is available from just 1600rpm – only 600rpm above tick-over
For effortless egress, doors now electrically open as well as close – Rolls-Royce clients have enjoyed self-closing doors since the first Goodwood Phantom. Operated by a button on the dashboard and on the C-pillar for motor cars with rear doors, this
innovation has been celebrated among customers. For new Ghost, the marque’s engineers elected to further develop this hallmark technology and, for the first time, clients can now also open the doors with power assistance.
Interior components tuned to specific resonant frequency to create a sense of serenity
Down lit Pantheon grille discreetly illuminates Rolls-Royce iconography
Illuminated Fascia debuts featuring Ghost nameplate surrounded by more than 850 stars – For new Ghost, the marque’s Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople created Illuminated Fascia: a world-first innovation that subtly echoes the Starlight Headliner, which has become as much a part of Rolls-Royce iconography as the Spirit of Ecstasy, Pantheon Grille and ‘Double R’ monogram.
Developed over the course of two years and more than 10,000 collective hours, this remarkable piece brings an ethereal glowing Ghost nameplate, surrounded by more than 850 stars, into the interior suite of the motor car. Located on the passenger side of the dashboard, the constellation and wordmark are completely invisible when the interior lights are not in operation.
For more details on the new Rolls-Royce Ghost in New Zealand, contact Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Auckland.
“The first Goodwood Ghost was a response to a whole new generation of clients, both in age and attitude. These men and women asked us for a slightly smaller, less ostentatious means to own a Rolls-Royce. The success of the product we created for them fulfilled our most ambitious expectations. Over its ten-year lifespan, which began in 2009, Ghost has become the most successful model in the marque’s 116-year history. To create a new product that would resonate with our Ghost clients for the next ten years meant we had to listen carefully to their demands. Today we set new standards in customer-centricity by creating a completely new motor car for a unique group of Rolls-Royce’s clients. These business leaders and entrepreneurs demand more of their Ghost than ever. They require a new type of super-luxury saloon that is dynamic, serenely comfortable and perfect in its minimalism. Ghost is this product.
The only components that we carried over from the first Goodwood Ghost were the Spirit of Ecstasy and umbrellas. Everything else was designed, crafted and engineered from the ground up. The result is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet. It distils the pillars of our brand into a beautiful, minimalist, yet highly complex product that is perfectly in harmony with our Ghost clients’ needs and perfectly in tune with the times.”
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars