British magazine Autocar breaks the monotony of car reviews by comparing two models produced by the same brand: Rolls Royce Phantom and Rolls Royce Ghost. Although the two large sedans from Goodwood have some similarities, such as a BMW-derived engine with 12 cylinders under the imposing bonnet, there are also important differences to consider.
Anyone who has been around these vehicles are of course aware that the Ghost is much more tailored to the driver and provides a much more dynamic driving experience, a bit in a contrast with the usually chauffeur driven Phantom. This is also obvious in the power department since the twin-turbocharged V12 in the Ghost is a lot more potent than the currently offered V12 naturally aspirated engine in the Phantom . Of course, since the Ghost is built on the 7 Series extended platform, the overall weight is lower therefore its dynamics are improved.
Compared to the Phantom, with its attitude of the infinite superiority, the Ghost’s interior, while still luxurious, it certainly feels closer to the “regular people”. Ghost also offers a very exclusive interior design, but the overall ambiance in the Phantom is still more special, the typical feeling of Rolls Royce is thus more present than in the initial model.
When it comes to agility and athletic capabilities, the Ghost feels superior to its big brother, an expected outcome in our opinion. Both in longitudinal dynamics and lateral dynamics, the new entry-level offering into the world of Rolls Royce, is sportier, offering a unique combination of ultra-luxury and high performance.
Although the Ghost features a superior suspension comfort similar to the one in the BMW 7 Series, the Phantom plays actually in another league and it represent the benchmark of ride and interior comfort.
Judging by the photos below, we are incline to slightly like more the modern-looking Ghost’s appearance, but we won’t disregard the Phantom yet, a classic design that, particularly at the front, shows its royalty and heritage.
The final choice can be quite tough and we definitely feel bad for those that will have to face this difficult choice….or do we?