Rolls-Royce Ghost, 2010
Rolls-Royce Ghost is the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced. However, Rolls-Royce power is delivered in a very different manner to other cars. It arrives in an elegant, cosseting way that some have described as being designed to lower the pulse, not raise it.
Rolls-Royce Ghost is more driver-focused than any Rolls-Royce car before it. The driver sits in a slightly elevated position behind the wheel, described as the authority position. This makes the view of the road much clearer. The fascia has been kept deliberately clear; it is spacious in design and has an intuitive layout. The controls are neatly sculpted, with the more important functions emphasised by accents of chrome. The soft light of the instrument panel glows through the familiar black-rimmed steering wheel, which in turn employs a number of violin keys as well as an ergonomic roller-ball control.
Positioned discreetly within the grille is a Night Vision camera. When activated, this safety feature works with Pedestrian Recognition to detect objects up to 300 metres away and display them on the central screen in the dash. The car's control system receives infrared heat images from the camera and, taking into account the car's speed and direction, classifies them to assess imminent danger. It then determines what action, if any, needs to be taken and if necessary displays a warning to the driver.
Autumn 2006, Paris motor show: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced that work had begun on a new model series. The new car would be in production and on sale by the turn of the decade. The only other facts confirmed at that stage were that it would be smaller than the Rolls-Royce Phantom saloon and priced somewhere between €200,000 and €300,000 before tax. Speculation about its style and specification began almost immediately...
DESIGNING THE FUTURE
Rolls-Royce Ghost's flowing lines are dominated by its majestic 'Yacht Line' styling. Large, uninterrupted surfaces flow between finely sculpted horizontal lines that provide definition. Together, the upward-sweeping sill line and low-cut roof create a powerful profile, almost as though the cabin has been pushed toward the rear. Powerful shoulders and flanks draw in sharply as they flow from the rear wings to the tail lights, while touches such as the optional chromed exhausts hint at Rolls-Royce Ghost's more dynamic nature.
Inside Rolls-Royce Ghost, the interior design team has come up with a contemporary ambience while staying true to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' traditions of fine materials and peerless comfort. There are elegant, frosted lamps and chrome door handles, traditional violin key switches and eyeball air vents, frosted white dials and refined instrumentation. Deep-pile carpets can be complemented by optional lambswool floor mats for a truly luxurious feel.
Rolls-Royce Ghost is entered through substantial doors. Housed within the front doors are integrated Teflon-coated umbrellas. The rear doors are traditional, rear-hinged coach doors, opening to a generous 83 degrees. Once the passenger is inside, these doors can be closed at the touch of a button. The interior space is filled with natural light, enhanced by the optional Panorama Sunroof, which extends from the front into the rear compartment.
4-zone automatic air conditioning can be individually tailored to each passenger's requirements, with separate controls for front and rear. Automatic air recirculation, condensation prevention and solar compensation are delivered through classic chromed eyeball vents controlled via organ-stop plungers.
Within Rolls-Royce Ghost's ample doors and high shoulder line, occupants feel serene, cosseted and safe. In the rear, the intimate ambience of the lounge seat is emphasised by its position behind the C-pillar, heightening the sense of privacy. The informal seating creates a convivial environment, its slight curve allowing you to turn more easily towards the person next to you. Its elevated position gives a clear view past the electronically retracting Spirit of Ecstasy to the road ahead.
ENGINEERING A BENCHMARK
When considering a Rolls-Royce car it is usual to think of wood, leather and chrome, but the company has its roots in engineering. The refinement of its end product stems from its engineers' desire to get the smallest details correct. Long before the interior items are prepared, experts are working to ensure that the chassis components, power trains and bodywork are operating in fluid harmony. This is a world where welds are an art form and craftsmanship exists at a nano level.
Rolls-Royce Ghost is built around a steel monocoque body, which means there is no separation of chassis and body. The advantage of this construction is a reduction in exterior dimensions while preserving interior space. Consequently while Rolls-Royce Ghost is over 400mm shorter overall than the Phantom saloon its interior space is comparable.
The body has been engineered with a double front bulkhead to help insulate the interior from engine noise. It is constructed from steel sections and then wrapped in steel panels, which are brazed by hand. This allows a near-seamless join, which is then sanded by hand until it is perfect. In total, Rolls-Royce Ghost's frame contains 4.9m of seam weld and braze and 6,988 spot-welds. The bonnet and windscreen surround are then honed from aluminium.
Rolls-Royce Ghost rides on a bed of air. Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension work with an intelligent, four-cornered, air-suspension system and electronic variable damping to deliver the refinement that has been associated with Rolls-Royce for more than 100 years.
Rolls-Royce Ghost has a series of complex electronic aids to keep it composed on virtually any surface. These include Anti-Roll Stabilisation, Dynamic Brake Control and Dynamic Stability Control, including Dynamic Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control. These individual technologies work together under dual Integrated Chassis Management systems, meaning that even when subjected to a vigorous test Rolls-Royce Ghost remains perfectly poised. Its handling and safety systems operate as one, imperceptibly to the driver and passengers, to maintain optimum contact with the road in any condition.
Rolls-Royce Ghost is powered by a brand new, 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 engine, unique to the model. Featuring direct injection, it produces 563bhp - enough to propel Rolls-Royce Ghost from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. With 780 Nm of torque available at just 1,500rpm, delivery of power is immediate and extremely smooth.
Power is transmitted through an eight-speed, shift-by-wire, automatic ZF gearbox. What this achieves is a feeling of endless, surging power, which is illustrated by the power reserve gauge on the fascia, replacing the more common rev counter. The new powertrain delivers this performance while emitting just 317g/km of CO2.Fuel consumption is 20.8 mpg / 13.6 l/100km.
Safety remains paramount and the very latest technologies are used in Rolls-Royce Ghost. Side-impact beams in the front and rear doors combine with progressive rear crumple zones to absorb impacts. The Advanced Crash and Safety Management (ACSM) system takes measurements 2,000 times per second from sensors located around the vehicle. The ACSM uses this information - in conjunction with the engine and chassis management systems - to judge which safety features to deploy in which areas in the event of an accident. If necessary, ACSM will activate - among other things - seat belt pre-tensioners and all encompassing airbags surrounding the cabin, creating a safe zone for all occupants.
Rolls-Royce has a reputation for producing cars that transcend the mere automotive. There is a magic attached to the name, which stems in part from exquisite attention to detail and the fine materials used throughout.
Rolls-Royce Ghost shares the same paint shop as Phantom and spends seven days being painted and polished to perfection. Five stages are required for the Rolls-Royce Ghost body. First a phosphate electro-coat is applied to protect against corrosion, then a layer of primer, a colour coat and finally two coats of clear lacquer. The body is hand-sanded between each layer and once the final coat is applied it is hand-polished for five hours.
- * Number of doors / seats: 4 / 5
- * Vehicle length: 5399 mm
- * Vehicle width: 1948 mm
- * Vehicle height: 1550 mm
- * Wheelbase: 3295 mm
- * Turning circle: 13.4 m
- * Overhang front: 867.5 mm
- * Overhang rear: 1236.5 mm
- * Track width front: 1622 mm
- * Track width rear: 1660 mm
- * Shoulder room front: 1510 mm
- * Shoulder room rear: 1418 mm
- * Elbow room front: 1540 mm
- * Elbow room rear: 1448 mm
- * Max headroom front: 1030 mm
- * Max headroom rear: 990 mm
- * Effective headroom front with sunroof: 995
- * Effective headroom rear with sunroof: 975 mm
- * Ground clearance: 150 mm
- * Width including mirrors: 2108 mm
- * Luggage compartment capacity (ISO3832): 490 l
- * Fuel tank capacity: 82.5 l
- * Unladen weight (DIN / EU): 2360 kg / 2435 kg
- * Axle load ratio, rear: 48.2 %
- * Gross axle weight / max payload: 2940 kg / 580 kg
- * Axle payload limit front / rear: 1445 kg / 1575 kg
- * Engine type: V12
- * valves: 48
- * Fuel management: Direct injection
- * Engine injector set-up / Aspiration: DI(VVT) / twin turbo
- * Displacement: 6592 cm3
- * Stroke / Bore: 88.3 mm / 89.0 mm
- * Power output: 563 bhp (420 kW) @ 5250 rpm
- * Max torque: 780 Nm (575 lb/ft) @ 1500 rpm
- * Compression ratio: 10.0
- * Fuel type: Super unleaded
- * Transmission type: 8 speed automatic
- * Transmission ratios 1st/2nd/3rd/4th: 4.717 / 3.143 / 2.106 / 1.667
- * Transmission ratios 5th/6th/7th/8th: 1.285 / 1.000 / 0.839 / 0.667
- * Transmission ratio reverse gear: 3.317
- * Final drive ratio: 2.813
- * Steering wheel revolutions lock to lock: 3.1
- * Brakes front / diameter x thickness: Ventilated discs / 410x36 mm
- * Brakes rear / diameter x thickness: Ventilated discs / 402x30 mm
- * Drag co-efficient cd / A / cd x A: 0.33 / 2.60 m2 / 0.863 m2
- * Top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph)
- * Acceleration 0-60 mph / 0-100km/h: 4.7 s / 4.9 s
- * 1km from standing start: 23.1 s
- * Power to weight (DIN-Unladen weight): 5.6 kg/kW
- * Power per litre: 63.7 kW/l
- * Consumption urban (EU): 20.5 l/100 km
- * Consumption extra urban: 9.6 l/100 km
- * Combined consumption: 13.6 l/100 km (20.8 mpg (imp. gal.))
- * Range: 605 km (376 miles)
- * CO2 Emissions (combined): 317 g/km
- * Exhaust emissions standard: EU5
- * Front tyres: 255/50 R19 103Y / 255/45 R20 101Y
- * Rear tyres: 255/50 R19 103Y / 285/40 R20 104Y
- * Front wheels: 8.5J x 19 EH2 / 8.5Jx20 EH2
- * Rear wheels: 8.5J x 19 EH2 / 9.5Jx20 EH2
- * Battery capacity / location: 90 Ah (AGM) / Luggage compartment
- * Alternator output rating: 210 A / 2900 W