Everything in life is relative, and perhaps no car illustrates this point as effectively as the Rolls-Royce Ghost. While it's technically the "entry-level" Rolls-Royce model, the Ghost's $250,000 base price puts it in the stratosphere of the overall automotive market. Despite that MSRP, the sedan could actually be considered a bargain, at least in relation to the rest of the Rolls lineup - it offers more power, better handling and nearly as much space and cachet as the Phantom sedan for roughly $130,000 less.
Stretching 212.6 inches from bonnet to boot, the Ghost is the smallest model Rolls-Royce offers, yet it's still six inches longer than other full-size luxury yachts like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. With a massive front grille, a conspicuous "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament and stately suicide rear doors, the Ghost isn't short on elegance or street presence, either.
While the Phantom Coupe is marketed as the driver's Rolls-Royce, in reality that distinction goes to the Ghost. A 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged and direct-injected V12 lies under the long bonnet, producing a stupendous 563 horsepower (110 ponies more than the Phantom) and 575 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed automatic gearbox sending power to the rear wheels, the sedan is capable of 4.7-second zero-to-60 mph runs. Fuel economy - not likely a concern for buyers in the ultra-luxury segment - is rated at 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
The Ghost is the lightest Roller - although, at over 5,000 pounds, light is again a relative term - and a well-tuned active air suspension helps it feel smaller than it actually is.
Inside, the Ghost features a suitably opulent and palatial cabin that's packed to the brim with soft leather, fine wood trim and numerous gadgets. Highlights from the standard features list include a navigation system, a 16-speaker premium audio system, massaging front seats, power-closing rear "coach" doors, four-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control and 19-inch wheels. A nearly infinite amount of options are available, and the car can be further personalized with unique paint colors and interior furnishes through Rolls' Bespoke Commission program.
Safety features include dual front, front side and full-length side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems. An optional Driver's Assistance Systems package brings a lane-departure warning system, automatic high beams, a head-up display and a night-vision camera.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is built on its own dedicated production line at Goodwood, but shares paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series of cars.
The smallest and least expensive offering from Rolls-Royce, the Ghost competes with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Porsche Panamera, Maserati Quattroporte and even the car on which it is based upon - the BMW 7-Series.