The second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost made its global debut on 1st September 2020. It claims to be the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet, succeeds the most successful product in the company’s 116-year history.
The new Ghost gets a 6.75-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine that delivers 563bhp of maximum power and 850Nm of peak torque to the all-wheel steer, all-wheel drivetrain.
The marque’s hallmark Magic Carpet Ride has evolved. For the new Ghost, engineering specialists redesigned the motor car’s suspension completely to deliver what is called the Planar Suspension System. It incorporates a world-first Upper Wishbone Damper unit above the front suspension assembly, creating an even more stable and effortless ride. The five-link rear axle benefits from the same self-leveling high-volume air suspension technology, as well as rear-wheel steering. The car’s overall length has grown by 89mm, compared to the first Goodwood Ghost, to 5546mm, and its overall width has grown by 30mm to 1978mm.
The new Ghost is the most technologically advanced motor car Rolls-Royce has ever produced. It features LED and laser headlights with more than 600m of illuminated range, vision assist, including day- and night-time wildlife and pedestrian warning; alertness assistant; a four-camera system with panoramic view, all-round visibility, and helicopter view; active cruise control; collision warning; cross-traffic warning; lane departure and lane change warning; an industry-leading 7×3 high- resolution head-up display; Wi-Fi hotspot; self-park; and the very latest navigation and entertainment systems.
In addition, the new Ghost was given its own ethereal front-end character. This was achieved not by way of overt design, but with light. 20 LEDS underneath the top of the radiator grille subtly illuminate the veins. Owing to the hand-welded aluminium body structures, the main structure of the car appears as one fluid canvas, uninterrupted by shut lines, recalling the coachbuilt Silver Dawn and Silver Cloud.
Turning to the flanks, a single straight stroke is used to emphasize the motor car’s length. The subtle near-square rear light graphic has become a tenet of contemporary Rolls-Royce design. It remains but has been modernized with a slight forward tilt.
Each of the 20 half hides used to create the interior suite of the new Ghost are subject to the automotive industry’s most exhaustive quality control checks to ensure that each of the 338 panels used – however visible – is of the very best quality. Wood sets for new Ghost are available in an open-pore finish, bravely showcasing materials in their naked form. Indeed, two new finishes have been developed specifically for the motor car. The first is Obsidian Ayous, inspired by the rich versatility of colours found in lava rock. The second is Dark Amber; this introduces subtle glamour to the interior suite by integrating veins of fine aluminium particles into the dark wood.
New Ghost benefits from a new Micro-Environment Purification System (MEPS). Existing air filtration technology was further developed to incorporate a full suite of hardware and software improvements. The doors in the new Ghost open as well as close electrically now. A powerful amplifier controls 18 channels (one for each speaker), providing a 1300W output. For new Ghost, exciter speakers were used alongside more conventional cone-type speakers. Developed over the course of two years and more than 10,000 collective hours, this remarkable piece brings an ethereal glowing Ghost nameplate, surrounded by more than 850 stars, into the interior suite of the motor car.
We are expecting the vehicle to be launched in India in 2021 with a price tag of approximately Rs 6 crore (ex-showroom).