Singapore, 9 November - Rolls-Royce showcases the all new Ghost. Designed to be both a self-driven or chauffeured Rolls-Royce, the Ghost follows the marques most successful model in its 116-year history.
Smaller and more agile than their Phantom flagship, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is available in both short and long wheelbase forms, or more accurately Ghost and Ghost Extended.
The Ghost is all-new from the ground up, with only the famed Spirit of Ecstasy and signature umbrellas retained. The design of the Ghost has been refined and simplified, in what Rolls-Royce deems is highly appropriate for these ‘Post Opulent’ times. Both front LED and laser headlights, and rear lamps receive near-square graphics, a tenet of contemporary Rolls-Royce design.
For the first time, Rolls-Royce Ghost owners can open the doors with power assistance from the inside of their cars, as-well-as close them from the exterior. In ensuring consistency at the speed the doors operate at, on-board longitudinal and transverse sensors, as well as G-force sensors fitted to each door, to ensure they operate at the same speed, even on steep inclines.
The Ghost is also equipped with a Micro Environment Purification System (MEPS). This according to Rolls-Royce, creates the cleanest micro environment available within the cabin of a motor car. The system detects ambient air quality, automatically switching fresh air intakes to Recirculation Mode if unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are present. And is capable of purging the Rolls-Royce’s micro environment in less than two minutes.
Rolls-Royce acoustic engineers have also created what they termed ‘a unique Formula for Serenity’. The use of an aluminium spaceframe, coupled with more than 100kg of acoustic insulation, included even within the tyres, has resulted in what Rolls-Royce calls the ‘whisper’ – a soft undertone that is experienced as a single, subtle note. To achieve this, each component had to be tuned so it shared a common resonant frequency. Ports in the 507 litre boot capacity were even created to harmonise new Ghost’s overall acoustics.
Capitalising on its ‘whisper’ quiet interior, the Ghost also features an 18 channel, 1,300W audiophile-grade sound system. The fabled Starlight Headliner, now with a very cool shooting star feature, has also in effect been transformed into a large speaker.
The Ghost is powered by their hallmark 6.75-litre V12 twin-turbocharged engine, that produces 563hp and 850Nm; and gets it wafting to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering contributes to the Ghost’s agile character. And a world-first ‘Planar Suspension System’ creates a sense of flight on land never before achieved by a motor car. Combined with self-levelling, high-volume air suspension technology, stability control, self- drying braking systems, Satellite Aided Transmission, and the ‘flagbearer’ system which consists of a stereo camera system integrated in the windscreen to see the road ahead, new Ghost achieves unprecedented levels of ride comfort and control for a motor car.
Drivability is further enhanced with LED and laser headlamps, the latter which extends your illuminated range by more than 600m.
For those who like more space, the Ghost Extended offers buyers with 170mm in additional rear legroom, the most in any four-seat sedan in its segment.
“In 2009, we answered the call to produce a slightly smaller, more agile and understated Rolls- Royce motor car called Ghost, a name synonymous with excellence. Over a decade, it became the most successful model in the brand’s 116-year history, the choice of business leaders in the region. Now, we present a completely new Ghost that has been fastidiously designed, crafted and superbly engineered with the latest in technology and superb materials. It aims to meet our customers’ needs for a less formal, dynamic, yet supremely comfortable Rolls-Royce that is perfect in its minimalism and highly appropriate for these ‘Post Opulent’ times. In the words of founder Sir Henry Royce, we’ve ‘taken the best that exists and made it better’. New Ghost and Ghost Extended will again reset the benchmarks for the segment.” Paul Harris, Asia Pacific Regional Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“Ghost has always been a favourite of our patrons in Singapore, as both a self-driven or chauffeured Rolls-Royce. With our customer base becoming increasingly younger and diverse, I am delighted to see that the new Ghost has focused on a purity of luxury that resonates well with a new generation of luxury connoisseurs. The engineering substance speaks volumes, such as the new architecture of luxury, all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering, world’s first planar suspension system and obsessive attention to detail towards acoustics. Whether in Ghost or Ghost Extended, Rolls-Royce has created a sublime experience for passengers with a cabin that has been engineered for serenity and appointed with the hallmark leather and wood materials the marque is famous for.” Renee Chua, Managing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Singapore.
Renee Chua, Managing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Singapore.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is now available, with prices starting from SS1,258,888, while the Ghost Extended begins at S$1,398,888.