Rolls-Royce Ghost – the last luxury car?

With prices going up and down, the car industry lost a lot of its prestige. Bank credits and new fortunes, made cars much more accessible than before, so only a few cars are still considered as luxury. And one of them is the Rolls Royce Ghost.

The Rolls Royce Ghost was firstly launched in 2009 during the Shanghai Auto show. Its name is inspired from the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost of 1906. The original concept car, named the 200EX, was officially unveiled at the March 2009 Geneva Motor Show, indicating the styling direction of the production model Ghost. Unlike the aluminum-bodied Phantom, the 200EX was made from steel, which has a higher tensile strength and can therefore be made thinner. The chassis used an intelligent four corner air suspension system and multi-link aluminum front and rear axles. Systems such as Active Roll Stabilization, four corner air springs and Variable Damping Control operate as one, imperceptibly, to provide the best possible comfort for occupants. Connected to the main computer, the suspension is able to detect the movement of a single rear passenger from one side of the seat to the other, and compensates accordingly.

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The Ghost was designed by Andreas Thurner and engineered by Helmut Riedl, who led the development of the larger Rolls-Royce Phantom. Helmut Riedl joined BMW as an automotive engineering graduate in 1980 working in the advanced development area for chassis. He has since worked extensively with chassis technology in a number of positions, which led to his appointment as Director, Chassis for the BMW Group where he was responsible for the chassis development for BMW, MINI and of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. He became Director of Engineering at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in February 2004 and, with his team, has been responsible for the technological development of Phantom Extended Wheelbase, Phantom Drophead Coupé, Phantom Coupé, Ghost, Ghost Extended Wheelbase and a host of the most impressive bespoke cars produced at Goodwood.

The engine is a Twin Turbo V12 48 valves:

  • Direct injection
  • 6.6 liters
  • Stroke: 88.3mm
  • Bore: 89.0 mm
  • Power output: 563 bhp / 420 Kw / 570 PS @ 5250 rpm

The engine allows the Ghost to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

  • Acceleration 0-100Km/h : 4.7 s
  • Acceleration 0 – 1000 m: 23.1 s

In terms of price, it goes from 180,000 up to 260,000 US$. All the best Goodwood workshop can offer in a 5,6m beautiful car.
LA

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