Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Rolls-Royce Ghost
Rolls-Royce Ghost (MSP16).jpg
Overview
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Motor Cars (BMW)
Production2009–present
Model years2010–present
AssemblyUnited Kingdom: West Sussex, England (Goodwood plant)
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size luxury car (F)
Body style4-door saloon
Layout
DoorsConventional doors (front)
Coach Doors (rear)
Chronology
PredecessorRolls-Royce Silver Seraph

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a full-sized luxury car manufactured by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. The "Ghost" nameplate, named in honour of the Silver Ghost, a car first produced in 1906, was announced in April 2009 at the Auto Shanghai show. The production model was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Ghost Extended Wheelbase was introduced in 2011. During development, the Ghost was known as the "RR04". It was designed as a smaller, "more measured, more realistic car" than the Phantom, aiming for a lower price category for Rolls-Royce models.

200EX concept (2009)[edit]

Rolls-Royce 200EX concept.

The Rolls-Royce 200EX, officially unveiled at the March 2009 Geneva Motor Show, indicated the styling direction of the production model Ghost. The Ghost's design is virtually unaltered.[1]

First generation[edit]

First generation
Rolls-Royce Ghost (MSP16).jpg
Overview
Production2009–2020
Model years2010–2020
Designer
  • Andreas Thurner (2006)
  • Charles Coldham (interior)
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Related
Powertrain
Engine6.6 L N74B66 V12-T
Transmission8-speed 8HP90 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • 3,295 mm (129.7 in)
  • 3,465 mm (136.4 in) (Extended Wheelbase)
Length
  • 5,399 mm (212.6 in)
  • 5,569 mm (219.3 in) (Extended Wheelbase)
Width1,948 mm (76.7 in)
Height1,550 mm (61 in)
Kerb weight
  • 2,490 kg (5,490 lb)
  • 2,520 kg (5,560 lb) (Extended Wheelbase)

Initial release[edit]

The official name of the Rolls-Royce Ghost was originally announced in April 2009, the vehicle was officially unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and went on sale in September 2009.[2][3] Delivery in the UK and Europe began late in 2009, while in other markets (including the USA and Asia Pacific region) deliveries began from the second quarter 2010.[4] The Ghost Extended Wheelbase was unveiled in 2011.[5]

Design[edit]

The Ghost was designed by Andreas Thurner and engineered by Helmut Riedl, who led the development of the larger Rolls-Royce Phantom.[6][7] The Ghost, codenamed RR04 during its design phase, was developed to compete with vehicles significantly less expensive than the Phantom, such as the Bentley Flying Spur and V12 engine versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The Ghost is based on a platform shared with the F01 BMW 7 Series.[8] The company concedes that 20% of parts are common to both cars. The Ghost has a 129.7-inch (3,290 mm) wheelbase, roof height, bonnet height and track widths all of its own, and the Ghost uses Phantom-style air springs. The car also shares the FlexRay electronic system with its larger stablemate.[9] The car has a curb weight of 5,445 lb (2,470 kg).[9]

Like other current Rolls-Royce models, the Ghost uses parent company BMW's iDrive user interface; the Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament along with more functions, are controlled using the system.[10]

Engines[edit]

The Rolls-Royce Ghost features a modified version of the BMW N74 V12 engine, called the N74B66.

Petrol engines[11]
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Ghost 2009- 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500
Ghost Extended Wheelbase 2011- 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500

Transmissions[edit]

All models include ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox.[12]

Performance[edit]

The engine allows the Ghost to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 155.3 mph (250 km/h).[13]

Manufacturing[edit]

The Rolls-Royce Ghost is built on its own dedicated production line at the Goodwood plant, sharing paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series.[14]

2013 model year update[edit]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Ghost 2012–2020 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500
Ghost Extended Wheelbase 2012–2020 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500
Ghost V-Specification 2014 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp)@?, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)?
Ghost Extended Wheelbase V-Specification 2014 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 600 PS (441 kW; 592 hp)@?, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)?

2014 model year update[edit]

Ghost Series II (2014-2020)[edit]

Interior

Rolls-Royce introduced the updated Series II Ghost at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Visual changes over the Series I Ghost include re-sculpted headlights, and unbroken daytime running lights. The Series II also gained a tapered ‘wake channel’ on the bonnet, emanating from the Spirit of Ecstasy’s wings. Chrome inserts were added to the front air intakes, which had been enlarged so as to feed more cooling air to the front brakes. The bumpers were also subtly revised, while the side character line Rolls-Royce calls a "waft line" was slanted further forward. New alloy wheel and colour options were also offered.

On the inside, Rolls-Royce fitted re-designed front seats, and re-angled the rear seats so as to allow for easier communication with other passengers. The clock fascia and instrument dials gained polished metal chaplets that evoke premium watch design. Natural grain leather could now be fitted to the A and C pillars, and two new veneers became available.

Technical modifications include re-designed front and rear struts coupled to new steering gear, as well as adjusted dampers and new rear hydraulic axle bearings. The Series II also gained advanced LED headlights. With the Series II Rolls-Royce also offers a "Dynamic Driving Package" that they claim offers a more involving driving experience. "Satellite Aided Transmission" technology was added to all Ghosts, which utilises GPS data, as well as analysing the driving style of the driver, to select the most appropriate gear.[15]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines[16][17][18][19]
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Ghost (780Nm) 2014-2020 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500
Ghost Extended Wheelbase (780Nm) 2014-2020 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 780 N⋅m (575 lb⋅ft)@1500
Ghost (820Nm) 2016-2020 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 820 N⋅m (605 lb⋅ft)@1500
Ghost Extended Wheelbase (820Nm) 2016-2020 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 570 PS (419 kW; 562 hp)@5250, 820 N⋅m (605 lb⋅ft)@1500
Ghost Black Badge 2016-2020 6,592 cc (402.3 cu in) V12 twin turbo (N74B66) 612 PS (450 kW; 604 hp)@5250, 840 N⋅m (620 lb⋅ft)@1650-5000

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code
Ghost (780Nm) 2014-2020 8-speed automatic (ZF 8HP90)
Ghost Extended Wheelbase (780Nm) 2014-2020 8-speed automatic (ZF 8HP90)
Ghost (820Nm) 2016-2020 8-speed automatic (ZF 8HP95)
Ghost Extended Wheelbase (820Nm) 2016-2020 8-speed automatic (ZF 8HP95)
Ghost Black Badge 2016-2020 8-speed automatic (ZF 8HPG95)

Gallery[edit]

Series I

Series II

Second generation[edit]

Second generation
Overview
Production2020 (to commence)
Model years2021–present
DesignerHenry Cloke[20]
Body and chassis
LayoutFront-engine, all-wheel-drive
PlatformArchitecture of Luxury
Related
Powertrain
Engine6.75 L N74B68 twin-turbocharged V12 (petrol)
Transmission8-speed 8HP90 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • 3,295 mm (129.7 in)
  • 3,465 mm (136.4 in) (Extended Wheelbase)
Length
  • 5,545 mm (218.3 in)
  • 5,715 mm (225.0 in) (Extended Wheelbase)
Width1,979 mm (77.9 in)
Kerb weight
  • 2,553 kg (5,628 lb) 2,599.1 kg (5,730 lb) (Extended Wheelbase)

The next generation Ghost was spied testing for the first time on 24 January 2019 with a long awaited update. This model will share the same platform as the Phantom VIII and the Cullinan SUV with its "Architecture of Luxury" aluminium spaceframe chassis moving on from the BMW platform that the Ghost was on for Series I and II, creating a more comfortable ride quality for future Rolls-Royce models, which is what Rolls-Royce as a car brand is renowned for. The new spaceframe will also generate significant weight savings. The model was fully revealed on 1 September 2020.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Spec (2014) first official pictures". CAR Magazine. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS NAMES RR4". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ "ROLLS-ROYCE TO UNVEIL GHOST AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  4. ^ "ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS CONFIRMS GHOST FIGURES". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  5. ^ "ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS AT AUTO SHANGHAI 2011". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  6. ^ Steve Cropley (19 February 2009). "Rolls-Royce 200EX: full details". Autocar. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Editions - Contributors Andreas Thurner". Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ Sam Hardy (February 2009). "Rolls Royce 200EX revealed". AutoExpress.
  9. ^ a b Rolls-Royce Builds a Real Car: High-tech BMW underpinnings meet classic English cosseting in the new Ghost. Got $245,000? The Wall Street Journal
  10. ^ 2011 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé -- Car Tour, YouTube.com, 24 July 2011, Accessed 2 August 2011.
  11. ^ DeLorenzo, Matt (March 2010). "Rolls-Royce Ghost: The spirit moves you". Road & Track. 61 (7): 30. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. Retrieved 30 January 2010.
  12. ^ "CONFIRMED: Rolls-Royce RR4 getting 500+HP turbo V12, 8-speed gearbox". Autoblog. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Rolls Royce Ghost Unveiled At Frankfurt Motor Show". Automoblog.net.
  14. ^ "Shanghai 2009: Rolls-Royce ditches RR4 for Ghost nameplate". Autoblog. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  15. ^ "GHOST SERIES II PRESS KIT". www.press.rolls-roycemotorcars.com. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  16. ^ GHOST Technical specification (PDF), Rolls Royce motor cars.
  17. ^ GHOST EXTENDED WHEELBASE Technical specification (PDF), Rolls Royce motor cars.
  18. ^ Ghost Black Badge Technical specification (PDF), Rolls Royce motor cars.
  19. ^ GHOST SERIES II PRESS KIT, Rolls Royce motor cars.
  20. ^ a b "Post Opulence: Rolls-Royce Reveals the Super-Luxury Consumer Insights That Informed New Ghost". Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. 28 July 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2020.

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