Rolls-Royce Ghost is the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced. Some may feature more complex and innovative engineering. Others may provide more performance. There are certainlymore expensive and exclusive cars. However, Rolls-Royce power is delivered in a very different manner to other cars.
Rolls-Royce Ghost is more driver-focused than any Rolls-Royce car before it. The driver sits in a slightly elevated position behind the wheel, described as the authority position. The controls are neatly sculpted, with the more important functions emphasised by accents of chrome.
Rolls-Royce Ghost is built around a steel monocoque body, which means there is no separation of chassis and body. The advantage of this construction is a reduction in exterior dimensions while preserving interior space. Consequently while Rolls-Royce Ghost is over 400mm shorter overall than the Phantom saloon its interior space is comparable. Important details such as the coach doors (otherwise referred to as "suicide" doors by the unwashed masses) allowed designers to make a single element of the front and rear door handles. Tiny details reinforce the aura, including the "RR" centers that spin freely within the wheels so the logo remains upright at all times.
Rolls-Royce Ghost is powered by a brand new, 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 engine, unique to the model. Featuring direct injection, it produces 563bhp - enough to propel Rolls-Royce Ghost from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. With 780 Nm of torque available at just 1,500rpm, delivery of power is immediate and extremely smooth. Power is transmitted through an eight-speed, shift-by-wire, automatic ZF gearbox. What this achieves is a feeling of endless, surging power, which is illustrated by the power reserve gauge on the fascia, replacing the more common rev counter. The new powertrain delivers this performance while emitting just 317g/km of CO2.Fuel consumption is 20.8 mpg / 13.6 l/100km.
Flawless leather is an absolute requirement for the interior of a Rolls-Royce. The hides are drum-dyed rather than painted, ensuring that the colour permeates right through the leather. The process also means the leather remains much more supple, preventing cracking or squeaking and ensuring durability and longevity. All seats and interior panels are hand-stitched, using traditional upholstering techniques by those most skilled at their craft.
Passing through 60 pairs of hands, the production process involves more than 2,000 individual operations and takes at least 20 days to complete. Rolls-Royce Ghost shares the same paint shop as Phantom and spends seven days being painted and polished to perfection. Five stages are required for the Rolls-Royce Ghost body. First a phosphate electro-coat is applied to protect against corrosion, then a layer of primer, a colour coat and finally two coats of clear lacquer. The body is hand-sanded between each layer and once the final coat is applied it is hand-polished for five hours.