Published on 16 Sep 2009 by Alison
The Rolls Royce Ghost has debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show, showing off another kind of British class from the Aston Martin Rapide seen earlier. The little sibling to the Phantom takes some of the latter’s design, and includes BMW engine technology under the bonnet. The Ghost is equipped with a 6.6-litre V12 engine with 570 hp and 780 Nm of torque at only 1,500 rpm.
The Rolls Royce Ghost features a new eight speed automatic ZF transmission, active suspension control, stability and traction control, and a new dynamic brakes function. Average fuel consumption is about 13.6 litres per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of 319 grams per km. Acceleration to 100 km/hr occurs in just 4.9 seconds, and as we took photos of this luxury Rolls, it was difficult to imagine it being flogged to 100 in that time.
The design was destined to be simple and traditional, and the Ghost is 40 cm shorter in length than the Phantom. An optional extra is brushed silver bonnet tint which gives an opaque finish, and the Ghost includes the same book-opening doors as the Phantom. The interior is as luxurious as you’d expect with a multimedia system, central display in head-up style, night vision, reverse cameras, active cruise control and a start stop system. See the Ghost live pics below for a closer look.