I was starting to lose faith in Rolls-Royce.
The brand is synonymous with luxury, wealth, and style, having produced some of the most impressive cars in the world since it was launched in 1973.
So, when earlier this year it introduced the limited edition cryptocurrency-inspired Wraith Kryptos, a seemingly dangerous vehicle with an interior adorned with numerous distracting green details that resemble code, I was concerned.
Thankfully, it looks like they’re back on track, having introduced the world to the Ghost – a fresh ‘minimalist’ take on the Baby Roller formula.
Car can’t stop raving about it, calling it the “most technically advanced car from the…brand so far, featuring a mixture of new tech alongside some familiar Rolls staples”.
The luxury vehicle boasts new illuminated aesthetics, alongside the world’s first ‘Planar’ suspension design, which works alongside the four-wheel drive, all-wheel steering and 563bhp twin-turbo V12.
Check out the big reveal:
Rolls-Royce is calling the car’s design ‘Post Opulence’.
Post Opulence is all about cleaner lines – both inside and outside the car. Look at pictures of the new and old Ghost and the changes are small but numerous.
Shutlines have been cleaned up, the overall flow evokes shapes throughout the brand’s history, and the car just looks more cohesive.
In some areas, however, the new Ghost is significantly more impressive than its predecessor.
Getting into the Ghost now involves doors that open and close electrically, and the car’s dashboard is now a design centrepiece; one that took two years and 10,000 hours to create.
Located on the passenger side – like the Phantom – the interior features a glowing Ghost nameplate, surrounded by 850 stars. The effect – which mimics that of the headliner – is achieved by way of 152 LEDs, and several layers of light guides and other materials that match the cabin.
There’s space for the kids, although you might want to hose them down and put them in hazmat suits before letting them into the all-white interior.
On to more specs.
The Ghost is propelled by a 6,75-litre V12 twin-turbo powerplant, capable of 563bhp and 626lb ft.
Maximum torque is available at an easy 1 600rpm, idle is just 1 000rpm, and perhaps the most defining feature of the vehicle is that it is ridiculously quiet.
Hence the name.
The Ghost’s V12 is placed just after the front-axle for perfect balance, which wasn’t an easy task if you take into account that the car comes in a t5546mm – 89mm longer than before
Inside the Ghost, you’ll find the latest tech, including a monster 1300W Bespoke Audio sound system.
We’re not sure at this juncture (some guesses are in the range of R5,5 million), but let’s get real.
If you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
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