2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Consumer Reviews
0 Reviews
The Car Connection
The Car Connection

The Car Connection Expert Review

Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor
October 5, 2012

Buying tip

Thanks to the slow pace of change and redesign at Rolls-Royce, the Ghost of two years ago looks very similar to the newest--and that may offer a chance to get into a Ghost for less, without giving up anything in image.

features & specs

4-Door Sedan
4-Door Sedan EWB
13 city / 20 hwy
13 city / 20 hwy

The 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost is unquestionably deserving of its hyperluxury mantle, yet isn't ruffled by an owner that wants to take control personally.

Though it may be the "entry-level" Rolls-Royce, the Ghost is anything but common. Aiming to be a dynamic, yet still traditionally luxurious Rolls-Royce, the Ghost is still one of the youngest models in the hyperluxury class.

For 2013, the Ghost carries forward unchanged, though a number of special-edition models, including an Art Deco-inspired car shown at Paris, have demonstrated that with the company's personalization services, no two Rolls-Royces need be alike.

As the driver's car in the Rolls-Royce lineup, the Ghost requires no chauffeur--though you can still get away with one. Despite its size and bulk, the Ghost is fun to drive, with its twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 engine generating 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque. That's more power than the larger, more expensive Phantom.

Review continues below

Accordingly, the Ghost can accelerate to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and carry on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. The Ghost's power and performance (and its size) come at a cost though: gas mileage is just 13 mpg city and 20 mpg highway, despite an eight-speed ZF automatic shifting gears.

Under the skin, completely out of sight, the Ghost shares some of its underpinnings with the BMW 7-Series. This is, in our estimation, a good thing, contributing a tested, proven engineering base that enables the Ghost to be as good a driver's car as it is. The Ghost is also eminently comfortable, as you'd expect of a Rolls-Royce, riding on an air suspension and multi-link aluminum linkages, with active anti-roll and chassis stabilization for better handling and safety.

Whether driving the Ghost or enjoying it from the back seat, rich leathers, fine woods, and ample high-tech information and entertainment systems create an atmosphere of success, perfect for brokering a big business deal or treating the significant other to a Prada spree.

The customization and personalization services offered by Rolls-Royce, as noted, extend to the Ghost. Nearly any desire can be accommodated, from custom colors schemes and materials to one-off equipment or features. Just be sure to bring the digits to your Swiss petty funds account.

Little has changed since our first drive of the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost--read more over at our luxury and performance site, Motor Authority.

Continue Reading

The Car Connection Consumer Review

Rate and Review your car for The Car Connection! Tell us your own ratings for a vehicle you own. Rate your car on Performance, Safety, Features and more.
Write a Review
$109,999 - $135,950
Browse Used Listings
in your area
Expert Rating
Rating breakdown on a scale of 1 to 10?
Styling 7
Performance 8
Comfort & Quality 10
Safety 8
Features 8
Fuel Economy 5
Compare the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost against the competition
  • 2013 BMW 7-Series

    Compare Cars
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class

    Compare Cars
  • 2013 Maserati Quattroporte

    Compare Cars
Compare All Cars
Looking for a different year of the Rolls-Royce Ghost?
Read reviews & get prices
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
See More Used