Rolls Royce Ghost Review

By Monmi   |  October 31, 2013


The Ghost is the latest luxury sedan from Rolls-Royce and quite arguably, the most powerful Rolls-Royce built so far. The "Ghost" nameplate was taken to salute the Silver Ghost, a car first produced in 1906. The new Rolls-Royce Ghost was announced in April 2009 at the Auto Shanghai Show, but the production model was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost was called the RR04 during its development. The luxury car is designed aiming for a lower price category for Rolls models and to compete against the Maserati Quattroporte and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. It was designed by Ian Cameron and engineered by Helmut Riedl, who led the development of the fifth-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom. The car is the first in a new Rolls-Royce model series, separate from the Phantom family which comprises Phantom, Phantom Extended Wheelbase (four door sedans), Phantom Drophead Coupe (convertible) and Phantom Coupe (fixed roof).

Powertrain & Performance

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is powered by a new twin turbo 6.6-litre V12 engine. This powerful engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox that can deliver a whopping 563 bhp @ 5200 rpm. Moreover, the engine is virtually silent, with 80% of its torque available from idle. The Ghost can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds and has a governed top-speed of 250 km/h.

The Ghost delivers a top-class performance effortlessly. With it's the 2:1 ratio of the height of the wheels to the height of the body, the long wheelbase and bonnet, the short overhang at the front and long overhang at the rear, it can impart a truly magic carpet ride.

Build & Styling

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is built around a steel monococque chassis and suspension system including Dynamic Stability Control and Anti-Roll Stabilisation to create a more dynamic drive and the Rolls-Royce 'magic carpet ride'. The Ghost stands tall on 19-inch alloy wheel.

With ride control and height adjustable, multi-link front suspension and multi-link rear suspension, the Ghost can provide the best possible comfort for occupants.

Each Ghost is hand-built to order, so you can choose the finishing touches to make it uniquely yours. In keeping with Rolls-Royce tradition you can personalise your Ghost further to suit your individual needs. Choose from a wide range of options and accessories - from the new Silver Satin bonnet finish to some of the most advanced technology ever to feature in a Rolls-Royce.

Inside, the Ghost is refined and cosseting. Entering and exiting is both effortless and graceful - the low sill height means you step 'onto' rather than 'into' Ghost. The unique rear-hinged coach doors open to 83 degrees adding an extra sense of theatre for the rear passengers. Once inside, you are greeted by a simple yet contemporary interior with large expanses of soft full grain leather, natural wood veneers and Blenheim wool carpets. The cashmere-blend roof lining adds to the sense of openness and space, enhanced by the optional Panorama sunroof.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Whisper-quiet interior
    • Magic carpet ride
    • Refined Interiors
  • Cons

    • Smaller than RR Phantom