Rolls Royce Ghost
The double-R is not known for making big splashes.
The limited-edition four-door features judicious use of real silver.
Rolls serves up something classier than coffee, of course.
Rolls-Royce used 1,000 of the gems for the unique finish.
This Motor City Rally participant is one of the more unusual cars we've seen.
Meet Rory Reid, the one name and face we didn't recognize from Top Gear's new roster of co-hosts. Now watch him rap his review of the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Rolls-Royce finished this rather tasteless Ghost in gold and added Antonio Brown's slogan "Business is Boomin" along the doors. The front fenders feature his initials and jersey number.
Some special-edition Rolls-Royces created by the Bespoke division we like more than others. This unique, brown and orange take on the Ghost, however, leaves us scratching our heads.
Managing Editor Steven Ewing drove some $2 million worth of new cars while out in California for Monterey Car Week. Here are his notes following an excellent week of driving.
A dozen artists were asked to create their own pieces based on 1:18 scale models of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, each of which will be auctioned off to raise funds for breast cancer.
Rolls-Royce is celebrating the Tipu Sultan from the 18th century in Mysore, India, with a limited-edition Ghost Extended Wheelbase called the Mysore Collection. The exterior features a pinstripe with a stylized peacock, and the interior has a tiger on each of the headrests.
Rolls-Royce Director of Global Communications Richard Carter tells me that his storied employer is "a company that does not chase volume." In a perfect world, mused Carter, the carmaker would sell "one less" of its ultra-luxury vehicles than the fast-expanding world market demands.
With each new story on the Rolls-Royce SUV, the Goodwood automaker comes off as more at ease with their reluctantly birthed yet necessary sport ute. Company design chief Giles Taylor told Autocar that his team is still "sketching to assess the viability of the concept," which to ours ears means they're trying to figure out if such a beast is even possible within the confines of the brand. If it is, Taylor says it will be "a shooting brake, not a crossover with a sloping roof. A proper SUV."
Downsizing is a relative term – especially when it comes to a Rolls-Royce. But that's just what the British luxury automaker did with the release of the Ghost in 2010. Sure, it's over seventeen and a half feet long (over eighteen in Extended Wheelbase form), but that's still shorter than the 19 feet the standard Phantom stretches, and that much shorter than the twenty-foot-long Phantom EWB.
It's not every day that an automaker admits in its own words that a new generation of one of its models is a "subtle redesign," but that's exactly how Rolls-Royce is describing the changes made to its Ghost Series II. Most of the bodywork has seen very light resculpting, including what the brand is calling a tapered "wake channel" that starts just behind the beloved Spirit of Ecstacy's wings evoking "the sight of a jet's vapour trail" and "hinting at the car's dynamism."
Rolls-Royce is not a brand that replaces its vehicles with any great frequency. It expands its lineup, sure: what started with just the Phantom saloon has since grown to include extended wheelbase models, coupes and convertibles, not to mention the addition of the Ghost, followed by the Ghost EWB and the Wraith fastback. What Rolls does to keep its models fresh, however, is spruce them up with a Series II.
With the release of the 624-horsepower Wraith fastback, Rolls-Royce proved that its 6.6-liter V12 engine could produce significantly more than the 563 horsepower it offers in the Ghost. But those looking for an extra dose of power yet still want the extra two doors – and have the six-figure price of admission to burn – will be delighted by the release of the Ghost V-Specification.