2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. Its Competition

2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Only the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a true competitor to the Rolls-Royce Ghost, offering similar levels of power, refinement, luxury, and exclusivity.

The rest of the alternatives are undoubtedly luxurious, capable sedans in their own right, but fall into more "affordable," less exclusive niches. BMW's 7-Series and the Maserati Quattroporte perhaps share the Ghost's driver-centric feel to an even higher degree, particularly in the case of the Maserati.

The 7-Series, on the other hand, is markedly less pretentious, better suited to gliding incognito past protesters on the way to work.

The S-Class straddles the two strata, its lower-end models firmly in the attainable realm, while the far upper end of the S-Class continuum extends very nearly to Rolls-Royce/Bentley territory in terms of refinement, features, and price. In the end, it comes down to what the car will be used for, what the owner wants in terms of image, and just how much money is sitting in the bank.

2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost
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2012 BMW 7-Series 4-door Sedan 750i RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 BMW 7-Series
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class 4-door Sedan 3.5L V6 Hybrid RWD Angular Front Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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Maserati Quattroporte Sport GTS2012 Maserati Quattroporte
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost is a hyper-luxury conveyance for the person that has arrived, but doesn't mind driving themselves to the destination.
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The 2012 BMW 7-Series is the Bavarian automaker's flagship model, and it cleverly wraps vast interior space, industry-leading tech, and the expected BMW fleet-footedness.
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
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The 2012 Maserati Quattroporte is a stylish, well-handling, exclusive choice for a luxury sedan.
MSRP From   
$246,500$71,000$91,850$127,250
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Turbocharged Gas V12Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Electric V6Gas V8
EPA Class   
Large carLargeLargeLarge
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S
Drivetrain   
Rear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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