As we mentioned previous times, the new Rolls which is built atop the BMW 7 series platform, it has a shorter wheelbase than the Phantom or Drophead Coupe. Rolls Royce Ghost share some interior and exterior materials with the aforementioned models, but at the same time has a very modern and round design giving the impression of a smaller and sportier luxury vehicle.
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 .
Now let’s find out about the driving experience:
Underway in the Rolls, the one thing we notice is this is not a car for the casual driver. Yes, the ride is amazing. The acceleration gives one a swift kick in the trousers, that is out of character for a car this big. It requires you to think about what you want to do with the vehicle and then make certain that your moves are deliberate. It’s not like the Ghost is boat-like and without feeling. It is quite the opposite, actually.
A corner carver it is not, but the Ghost offers a precise level of driving pleasure that is difficult to quantify or, for that matter, to offer up other vehicular comparisons. More composed than the limo-like Maybach, the Ghost is meant to be enjoyed by its driver – even if it’s not as manic as a Bentley can feel. It redefines the Rolls-Royce experience for the 21st century, an era where few Westerners are shuttled around by a driver.
It is really so majestic that you sit up with authority as though you were the Captain on the Queen Mary. It rewards good driving and makes sure that you don’t do anything untoward to the vehicle. We also found ourselves throwing more money to the valet jockeys than we normally do. As if!
And if money is no objection, should one buy it?
Leftlane’s bottom line:
As majestic as ever, the Rolls-Royce line continues to evolve. Including the latest in technologies and comforts, this new Ghost model makes it clear to see why the revered marque maintains its otherworldly status.