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Competing with the Bentley Flying Spur, Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Aston Martin Rapide, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is the least expensive way to get into the Spirit of Ecstasy, but that doesn't mean it offers a discount experience. For more information, including specifications, see our page for the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost The Ghost was presaged by Rolls-Royce's 200EX concept... Read More Below »
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Competing with the Bentley Flying Spur, Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, Aston Martin Rapide, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is the least expensive way to get into the Spirit of Ecstasy, but that doesn't mean it offers a discount experience.

For more information, including specifications, see our page for the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost

The Ghost was presaged by Rolls-Royce's 200EX concept car, which made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2009. The series-production version was shown shortly after and was offered for sale in 2010 as a 2011 model. In contrast to the larger Phantom sedan, which makes a statement by its mere presence, the Ghost is a somewhat tame Rolls. The Ghost is considerably less expensive, yet still sits above big luxury sedans lie the Mercedes-Benz S-Class in price and amenities. And while not as shouty as the Phantom, the Ghost pulls from the same well of updated classic styling, and looks very smart for it.

Inside, the Ghost has rich leather, fine wood veneers, and real metal chrome, along with plenty of high-tech luxury items to coddle and impress. And Rolls-Royce has reached into BMW's stash of advanced-tech and active-safety features, so the Ghost comes with items like night vision, lane departure warning, active high beam headlamps, and a surround-view camera system.

Just as with other Rolls-Royce Phantom models, the Ghost can be ordered on a 'bespoke' basis—with just about any custom color, trim, or feature possible, provided you're willing to wait a little longer and have the extra budget for it. And if you're considering this car, of course you would.

Although some of the Ghost's mechanicals are BMW-derived—and the Ghost is somewhat related to the BMW 7-Series sedans—it lives up to the Rolls-Royce expectation of torquey, smooth, and strong, with its 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine making 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. A ZF eight-speed automatic transmission grabs the right gear, almost seamlessly, through rear-wheel drive, and a full air suspension with variable damping control and active anti-roll features—and an aluminum, multi-link layout—gives the Ghost decent handling for such a heavy (nearly 5,500 pounds), large car yet the refined, isolated ride that you'd expect in a Rolls. Overall, performance is quite impressive, with 0-60 mph acceleration in just 4.8 seconds and a top speed limited to 155 mph. Yet its EPA fuel economy ratings are 13 mpg city, 20 highway.

For 2012, Rolls-Royce released a Ghost EWB model, stretched 6.7 inches versus the standard Ghost, with most of that extra length going to back-seat space. In 2013, the Ghost's starting price rose to just over $260,000.

At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, a coupe counterpart to the Ghost arrived, bringing back with it the Wraith nameplate. The suicide-door, fastback coupe is Rolls-Royce's most powerful car ever, at 616 horsepower. The 2013 Shanghai Auto Show saw the arrival of a new special-edition Ghost, based on the Silver Ghost of the 1913 Alpine Trials. It is the first Bespoke-created car to be based on a Rolls-Royce heritage car.

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, a revised and updated version of the Ghost, called the Ghost Series II, was revealed. Upgrades and updates include the Satellite Aided Transmission from the Wraith, a mildly redesigned front end, and updated forward lighting. The 6.0-liter V-12's 563-horsepower and 575-pound-feet ratings remain unchanged.

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