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Old 04-20-2009, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Rolls-Royce revives Ghost nameplate for upcoming RR4 sedan

Rolls-Royce is currently developing a brand new model positioned below the Phantom for launch in early 2010, which is expected to double the number of vehicles built by the ultra-luxury carmaker each year. Rolls-Royce has announced the name for its new model series which until now has been known as RR4. The name ‘Ghost’ was announced by CEO Tom Purves at a press conference held at the Shanghai motor show.

Expected to be heavily influenced by the 2009 Rolls-Royce EX200 concept car, the new Ghost will essentially resemble a vehicle with modern Rolls-Royce lines in a slightly smaller package. Design elements such as the elevated prow, long bonnet, short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant tail should give the Ghost an air of informal presence.

The vehicle will feature a pair of suicide-style rear-hinged doors in the back, and is designed to comfortably seat five adults. It will stretch roughly 5,399mm in length, 1,948m across and stand 1,550m in height.

According to its designers, the interior will be kept deliberately clear. The controls will be neatly sculptured, with more important functions emphasised by accents of chrome. As for the rest of the cabin, you will only find the finest in leather and natural wood trim and plenty of mood lighting.

A 6.6L turbocharged V12 will power the 'baby' Rolls, with an 8-speed gearbox sending the power rearward. Power at the crankshaft is expected to top 500hp (373kW). The engine itself may be a bit smaller than the Phantom line's powerplant, but output is still very healthy.

Production will start at the company’s Goodwood manufacturing facility on the south coast of England later in the year
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Old 09-06-2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Rolls-Royce has officially dropped dozens of images and plenty of details on its new "baby" saloon, the Ghost. The new Roller won't be seen publicly for another week, when it'll formally bow in Frankfurt, but we now know that its 6.6-liter V12 generates an impressive 575 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm, along with 563 horsepower in U.S. trim. The 212.6-inch body stretches over a 129.7 inch long wheelbase, and the whole car weighs in at 5,445 pounds unloaded.

There are no surprises in the styling, which is unchanged from the 200EX concept displayed in Geneva last March. naturally, the Ghost retains the Phantom-style coach doors (don't call them suicide in the presence of a Rolls rep) with built-in umbrellas. Inside, the Ghost carries over additional Phantom quirks, such as the "Power Reserve" gauge the driver gets in lieu of a traditional tachometer. Aside from that, this is clearly more of a driver's car than the Phantom, whose opulent backseat accommodations show that it's more about being driven in. The Ghost's steering wheel is much smaller in diameter and has a thicker rim than its big brother, and the seats appear to have more contouring for lateral support, as well. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but plan on bringing a Halliburton attache case full of cash if you plan on buying one, just to be on the safe side.


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Old 09-06-2009, 03:22 PM   #3
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is it the lighting or is the hood/grille a two tone chrome?

i would like this car completely blacked out, with 20" titanium effect rims
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Old 09-06-2009, 04:44 PM   #4
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Old 09-07-2009, 08:24 AM   #8
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Default Rolls-Royce has finally released official pictures

Rolls-Royce has finally released official pictures and mechanical detail on its brand new saloon, the Ghost.First mooted at the Paris show in 2006, the Ghost is defined by its maker as a smaller and more affordable Rolls-Royce. However, at 5.5m long and almost £200k, it will only ever look either small or affordable to a very select few.

Even so, Rolls expects the car to roughly double the firm’s annual output from around 1000 to 2000 units per year, and for 80 per cent of the Ghosts’s buyers to be new to the brand.
Underneath the new car lies an overhauled version of the current BMW 7-series platform, so the Ghost eschews the aluminium spaceframe construction of the Phantom for a steel monocoque skeleton. As a consequence of a steel frame taking up less space within the outer skin of the car than extruded aluminium, the Ghost’s creators say that in many ways it provides just as much cabin space as the bigger car.
Powering the Ghost is a direct injection 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 that produces 563bhp at 5250rpm and 575lb ft from 1500rpm. Both of those outputs trump those of the Phantom model, but as Rolls design boss Ian Cameron told Autocar, the company “was not prepared to compromise this car for pure marketing reasons”.
The engine drives the Ghost’s rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, sending it from 0-60mph in just 4.7sec.
The Ghost’s resemblance to its bigger and more expensive brother is marked; Cameron’s overriding brief for the car was that it should be “from all angles and aspects a true, classic and recognisable Rolls-Royce”.
“Buyers should find the Ghost a less intimidating car than the Phantom,” Cameron said. “It’s not just smaller, but less formal.”
The Ghost is a new model series for maker Rolls-Royce, so we can expect open and two-door versions of the car to be launched in years to come
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Old 09-07-2009, 10:17 AM   #9
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is it the lighting or is the hood/grille a two tone chrome?

i would like this car completely blacked out, with 20" titanium effect rims
Looks like Stainless Steel hood with chrome grille. This combo is available on the current "big" rolls.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:29 AM   #11
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Old 09-08-2009, 01:03 AM   #12
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I've walked around, looked under, and sat in a Rolls. While they are definitely nice, as expensive and hyped up as they are, I expected a lot more. I think most of the folks that buy them know that though.
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Old 09-08-2009, 07:19 AM   #13
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Default Ghost story: Rolls-Royce's turbocharged future

If the Rolls-Royce Ghost were a diet book, it would be a best seller.The 2011 Ghost is 17 inches shorter, 350 pounds lighter -- and $135,000 less expensive than its larger sibling, the Rolls-Royce Phantom. It is also better looking and more fun to drive, and is expected to double worldwide sales of the venerable brand.

Mind you, that is doubling off a very small base. The market for super-premium cars is tiny. Rolls sold 1,002 cars last year, 35% to 40% of them in the U.S. Toyota (TM) sells that many Camrys in a day.

Driving a Camry or any other mass-produced car was never like this, however. A weekend behind the wheel of the Ghost is like relaxing in a fine hotel. You are being pampered. Surrounded by luxurious materials, your comfort is accorded the highest priority, and your instructions, whether delivered by foot or finger, are immediately and discretely carried out.

The Ghost is an investment in peace of mind for those who can afford it. With a base sticker price of $245,000, it costs more than most people make in a year.

At this point in its 106-year history, you would think that super-luxury transportation would be second nature to Rolls, but the marque has endured a number of ups and downs.

The modern Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was created in 1998, when Germany's BMW bought the rights to the brand, erected a plant in Goodwood, England and began designing an all-new car line. The original Phantom sedan, introduced in 2003, seemed a strange way to start.

The Phantom is a brute: massive, imposing, and awkward. Designed as a car to be driven in, not driven, it became a symbol of ostentation in an age where showy displays of wealth are discouraged, if not actually hazardous to safety and well-being. Two subsequent model variants, a coupe and a drophead ("convertible" in American-ese) did little to mute its impact.

Rolls discovered that the Phantom was so imposing that owners were keeping it in their garages, taking it out only for special occasions. Sales took several years to reach BMW's target of 1,000, hitting 1,212 in 2008. Rolls seemed more of a sideline than an actual business.
Cue the Ghost. Besides being smaller, lighter, and less expensive, it is better proportioned, more refined and more aesthetically pleasing.

While the Phantom had a comically long hood ("bonnet" in British-ese) and a thick C-pillar designed to shield the rear-seat occupants from public view, the Ghost is balanced front and back. The rectangular headlights and newly-recessed radiator grille look as if they were made for each other rather than being the product of a shotgun wedding. Shapes and curves blend into the overall body rather than clashing abruptly with each other.

Inside, the new car delivers an even more dramatic upgrade. The instruments, gauges and screens are pleasingly arranged rather than crammed together. Many functions can be accessed by simply pushing a button rather than paging through an endless number of screens, and data is conveyed in a particularly elegant font.

Nor has Rolls forgotten what makes British luxury cars so endearing. It remembered to include such pleasing, if anachronistic, touches as round vents, organ-stop controls and the obligatory leather, wool, and wood trims.

Underway, the Ghost is nothing less than a revelation. This is the quietest and most comfortable car I have driven.

The Ghost is powered by a V-12 engine (compliments of BMW, which contributed 20% of the auto's components) with twin turbochargers that produce 576 horsepower. That's sufficient muscle to fling the Ghost to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds, yet thrifty enough to win an EPA mileage rating of 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway. That compares with 11mpg/18mpg for the Phantom. Even plutocrats like to feel as if they are doing something good for to the environment.

I did find the steering wheel, traditionally skinny, unnaturally thin for a car of this heft. But I never worried about where I was heading -- or how long it took to get there. Like the Phantom, the Ghost has a power reserve dial in place of the tachometer that indicates how much of the engine's oomph is available to driver. It seldom dropped below 80% during my stewardship.

I could go on about the umbrella holders in the front doors, the rear-hinged rear doors, the switch-operated electric door-closers and the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that disappears with the touch of a button. These are features that are unique, quaint and endearing.

But the real message here is that Rolls is now in a position to waft well into its second century with a sedan whose owners should actually enjoy driving for themselves
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