“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it.” – Sir Henry Royce
For over a century, Rolls-Royce has manufactured the finest luxury motorcars in the world. In the year 2010, Rolls-Royce introduced a new model to their lineup called the Ghost. Because it was smaller and less expensive than the Phantom, many in the automotive world referred to the Ghost as the “baby Phantom.”
After running across this 2011 Ghost Extended Wheelbase at Cars and Coffee, I am going to paraphrase Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing and declare that “nobody puts [this] baby in a corner!” The Rolls Royce Ghost belongs in the spotlight.
The first thing everyone wants to know about a Rolls-Royce is: how much does it cost? The base model Ghost starts at $250,200 without any customizations. This particular vehicle is the Extended Wheelbase version, which costs an additional $43,500 and adds 6.7 inches of legroom in the back.
At $293,700, the Ghost Extended Wheelbase is priced to attract first-time buyers. It’s a bargain over the $385,000 Phantom, which is the top-of-the-line model. Although the Ghost is $91,000 less expensive and 20.5 inches shorter in length than the Phantom Extended Wheelbase, it is every inch a Rolls Royce.
Under the bonnet is a 6.6L twin turbo V12 engine borrowed from BMW. It makes 563 horsepower and – get this – 575 pound-feet of torque at just 1500 rpm! That low range torque comes on strong and steady, and allows the massive car to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, about the same as a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Shifts are smooth and quick thanks to the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, and the top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour.
But then, you don’t buy a Rolls Royce to go tearing around town like a madman. You buy it to be chauffeured around in supreme comfort and luxury. This is where Rolls Royce truly shines, with options you just won’t find on other cars. Reclining rear seats with built in massage? Check. Floor mats made of genuine lambswool? Check. A built-in cooler for chilling wine? Check. Monogrammed headrests? Check. If you can dream it, Rolls Royce can build it for you.
Though it is the “entry level” car, the Ghost still comes with all the standard Rolls Royce touches. Every car is built by hand, not on a mass-production assembly line. According to published statistics, the average build time for a General Motors car was 40.5 hours in the year 2000. A Rolls Royce takes about 480 hours to build, with 168 of those hours just for paint!
Each car contains dozens of pieces of hand-finished wood, all selected from a single tree to ensure perfectly matching grain. As many as a dozen hides are used to complete the leather interior. This is craftsmanship at its finest.
Then there are the signature touches: umbrellas in the door jambs, a Power Reserve gauge on the dash, and the timeless waterfall grille with the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. Even the center caps on the wheels are weighted so they always face upright, even while the vehicle is in motion!
Forget all that talk about being a “baby Phantom” or a “gussied-up BMW 760li,” the Ghost is the real deal.