From Car and Driver
When we attending aback on the backward era of the centralized agitation engine, the new Rolls-Royce Ghost may able-bodied prove to be the aftermost auto powered by a V-12 afterwards amalgam assistance. This is a acumen that ability be acclaimed noisily, but 220 pounds of expertly activated sound-deadening actual has added ideas. This is a car that never shouts and rarely does abundant added than whisper. It acutely requires wide-open burke to aftermath any affirmation of centralized combustion, and alike again the V-12 alone issues a abroad but bent hum of the array you’d apprehend on the arch of a affluence yacht a few abnormal afterwards affective the agent adjustment telegraph to abounding ahead. Abounding brands will attempt to advance their identities in the age of electrification, but for Rolls-Royce it will be a liberation from the baby bulk of disruption its engines still cause.
Much about the new Ghost is familiar, for the simple acumen that the aboriginal adaptation became the brand’s acknowledged archetypal of all time over a decade-long run. The new car is hardly bigger and appreciably cleverer but looks actual agnate from the outside. Exterior administration is cleaner and beneath fussy, Rolls reckoning it has articular what it agreement a “post opulent” trend amid the sharp-end one percenters who accomplish up its clientele. But although added visually bashful than the full-baller Phantom, the 218.3-inch, 5700-pound Ghost is never activity to be abbreviate on presence, abnormally now that its rear-hinged second-row doors accept acquired ability operation for aperture as able-bodied as closing. It additionally gets the advantage of an aflame radiator grille.
Beneath the surface, all has changed. The aboriginal Ghost sat on the aforementioned underpinnings as the F01 BMW 7-series, but this one is based on the modular Rolls-only Architecture of Affluence belvedere that underpins both Phantom and Cullinan. Like its SUV sibling, the new Ghost gets both all-wheel drive and rear-wheel steering, with its 6.7-liter twin-turbo V-12 authoritative the aforementioned achievement of 563 horsepower.
Yes, it will hustle. Those Ghost buyers who will drive the car themselves—a bright majority in the United States—will be able to adore the hasty accelerative armament it is able of generating. While never cheap abundant to call its tires, the Ghost will barrage adamantine with the nose-up attitude accepted to the able but cautiously sprung. We didn’t affirm the claimed 4.6-second 60-mph time during our drive in the United Kingdom, but because the about 400-pound-heavier Cullinan has exhausted that, we’re assured the Ghost to be a bit quicker. It absolutely seems quick enough. Council is ablaze and abbreviate on resistance, but front-end responses are authentic and anchor levels are keen. An alive anti-roll bar is adapted to the rear, but this is powered by a 12-volt motor (the Bentley Flying Spur has a 48-volt system), and the aftereffect beneath harder cornering is limited. The anchor pedal is abounding to accomplish ultra-smooth stops accessible and appropriately is additionally a little too bendable for authentic accentuation beneath adamantine braking.
The Ghost is abundant happier at a gentler pace, with the best important accomplishment actuality the collapsed 1600 rpm at which the boss agent attains its aiguille torque of 627 pound-feet. There is no way to manually baddest apparatus for the eight-speed automated transmission, nor is there any accessible charge to with the arrangement software alive as unobtrusively as an alert valet. Aloof as in Phantom and Cullinan, the manual uses GPS abetment to advice intelligently baddest the appropriate accessory for abutting corners and junctions. Rolls-Royce is now blessed to about accompaniment ability and achievement figures—it acclimated to aloof affirmation an “adequate sufficiency”—but it still refuses to fit annihilation as barnyard as a tachometer to the apparatus panel. Yet alike with the Ability Reserve beat assuming added than 80 percent of the engine’s achievement untapped, achievement is still brisk.
At first, abeyance settings feel too soft. The Ghost’s pillowy antecedent acknowledgment to a bang feels as if it will be followed by the wallow of a ’60s acreage yacht, but the air springs and adaptive dampers arrest the acutely assured adverse heave. At college speeds it turns into a accurate abracadabra carpet, with a road-reading stereo camera arrangement allegorical the dampers of accessible undulations. There are additionally dampers adapted to the top ascendancy accoutrements that are advised to annul vibration. Alike ample compressions are digested afterwards credible effort, with close complete insulation accomplishing a analogously acceptable job at endlessly the too-real apple from abasement the tranquillity of the Ghost’s cabin. At 70 mph it is as quiet as best cars would be at 30 mph; conversations amid advanced and rear bench can be conducted in a whisper. One aberrant blank is lane-keeping cruise control. The Ghost will accumulate ambit from a car in advanced but doesn’t accept alive lane assist.
The berth is spacious, although hardly beneath ample than you ability apprehend accustomed the car’s alien dimensions. In approved form, the new Ghost is alone almost beneath than the extended-wheelbase adaptation of the approachable car. Large adults can sit calmly in the rear but afterwards the ankle-twirling allowance that abounding accessory with accurate luxury, a arrears that the assured continued adaptation will rectify. The aggregate of a aerial beltline and huge pillars additionally banned visibility, abnormally from the driver’s seat, area there are abundant dark spots to the advanced three-quarters and over the shoulder. We additionally acclaimed that, at a approved basement height, alone the top bisected of the Spirit of Ecstasy awning amulet can be seen, acceptation the arresting contour looks added like Dumbo than the Flying Lady.
Rolls-Royce continues to advisedly accomplish its cabins feel afterpiece to the 1920s than the 2020s, with ancient capacity like mechanical-style rotary boiler controls in abode of the all-knowing agenda altitude readouts of every upmarket rival. For the Ghost, it has added alone agenda instruments that attending and behave absolutely like the accepted dials they replaced. But the all-embracing aftereffect still feels absolutely special, acknowledgment to capacity like the altogether abounding metal air vents and the beautifully stitched covering dashboard. Alike the starry headliner—which uses hundreds of cilia eyes to actor a bright night sky—doesn’t feel like a gimmick.
It is adamantine to criticize a car that betters a acknowledged antecedent in every key regard, which is what the new Ghost manages. As ultra-luxury buyers chase the assemblage against a alternative for SUVs, it seems absurd that this Ghost will be as accepted as the approachable version. But on every empiric and alike abstract regard, it is the above car.
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