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Road & Track drives the 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Rolls Royce | January 28th, 2010 by 4
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Automotive magazine Road and Track had the opportunity to test drive the latest release from Rolls Royce, Ghost. The new Rolls which is built atop …

Automotive magazine Road and Track had the opportunity to test drive the latest release from Rolls Royce, Ghost. The new Rolls which is built atop the most recent BMW 7 series platform and it is manufactured at the Goodwood plant. Ghost shares some interior and exterior materials with the Phantom and Drophead Coupe, but fit into a shorter wheelbase.

Rolls Royce Ghost measures 212.6 inches long, 83 inches wide and 61 inches tall, all of this sitting on seven-spoke 20 inch wheels wrapped in 285/40 and 255/45 tires. The engine used in the new “baby Rolls” is an all-new 6.6-liter V12 producing 507 563 horsepower.

While most of the technical and design details are already known, let’s take the time to read about the ride quality and handling.

Road & Track drives the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost

Not only is the car swift, it is fluid in operation. The car’s steering is light and communicative and it drives much smaller than its dimensions would suggest. The Ghost is easy to hustle down the road quickly and yet at the same time, it handles and rides with a unique, almost inexplicable isolation from the world around you. It is extremely quiet inside and yet, with the steering wheel in hand, you don’t feel separated from the task before you. Looking down the massive hood ahead, it’s as if you’re seated at a finely tuned grand piano.

Turn-in is precise, there’s little body roll to speak of and the standard 19-in. wheels and tires offer plenty of grip. The brake pedal feel is also quite good, with a linear action that is easy to modulate. Again, the car’s BMW pedigree shines through when it comes to vehicle dynamics. And yet, when you sit in the passenger seat or in the back, the experience is eerily similar to being driven around in the Phantom. Obviously Rolls-Royce has its DNA down pat. This is a car you can equally enjoy driving or being driven in.

Full review at R&T

  • Al

    I think there’s a mistake in the horse power value, its 563 hp not 507..

  • Elio

    Having seen one in the flesh I can report that it makes the Phantom look hideous. It really is a beautiful and understated car.

  • X5SoB

    What RR needs to do now is increase the wheelbase of the Phantom to futher differentiate it from the Ghost and make it even more luxurious. It would make the new Bentley Mullsaine dead in the water and blow away the Maybach.

  • james may

    There is already a lwb rolls royce phantom,
    There will be a lwb ghost awell,
    Maybach has already been blown away the old s class based cars only sold 200 units last year.
    Since vw took over bentley they have cheepend it.
    Bentley will never be an eqaul to Rolls Royce again

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