Rolls-Royce Motor Cars made the official Global Reveal of the Rolls-Royce new Ghost – the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce yet. The car succeeds the most favorite cars in the marque’s 116-year history and reflects ‘Post Opulent’ design philosophy.
Rolls-Royce new Ghost is built on firm aluminum Rolls-Royce spaceframe architecture that underpins the marque’s flagship, Phantom, and Cullinan SUV. It is based around four fixed points, one at each corner of the motor car. The moveable aluminium bulkhead, floor, crossmembers and sill panels were placed specifically to assure new Ghost is both enjoyable to drive as it is to be driven in. Two of the cast suspension mounting assembles were pushed to the very front of the car, placing its 6.75-litre V12 behind the front axle to achieve an optimum 50/50 weight distribution. The car’s length has grown by 89mm, compared to the first Goodwood Ghost, to 5546mm, and its overall width has grown by 30mm to 1978mm.
Rolls-Royce new Ghost incorporates an all-wheel drivetrain, all-wheel steering and a completely redesigned Planar Suspension System, which improves the marque’s trademark Magic Carpet Ride. The metal superstructure of new Ghost is 100% made of the material. The car’s outer body is rendered as one clean, expansive piece, flowing seamlessly from the A-pillar, over the roof and backwards to the rear of the car.
For the new car, the marque developed the Rolls-Royce 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine that delivers 563bhp/420kW and 850Nm/627lb ft of torque to the all-wheel steer, all-wheel drivetrain. Maximum torque is available from just 1600rpm – only 600rpm above tick-over. The air intake system includs larger porting to reduce engine presence in the interior suite.
The car incorporates a world-first Upper Wishbone Damper unit above the front suspension assembly, that was created through physical engineering developments as well as advanced scanning and software technology. This works alongside the Flagbearer system, which utilizes cameras to read the road ahead and prepare the suspension system for any changes in road surface, as well as the marque’s Satellite Aided Transmission. The five-link rear axle benefits from the same self-leveling high-volume air suspension technology, as well as rear-wheel steering.
The owners of Rolls-Royce new Ghost can open the doors with power assistance and enjoy a new Micro-Environment Purification System (MEPS). Highly sensitive Impurity Detection Sensors were introduced to detect ambient air quality, automatically switching fresh air intakes to Recirculation Mode if unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are present. Further equipment includes: 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.
For new Ghost, the marque’s specialists created a Formula for Serenity. The first element of this formula is the Rolls-Royce spaceframe architecture. Its aluminum construction offers a higher acoustic impedance and it is constructed from complex forms, rather than flat, resonant surfaces. Both the bulkhead and floor sections are also double-skinned, sandwiching composite damping felts to reduce road noise intruding into the passenger suite. Another element of the formula is harmonizing the car. The marque’s acoustic created a ‘whisper’, a soft undertone that is experienced as a single, subtle note.
Each of the 20 half hides used to create the interior suite of new Ghost is subject to the automotive industry’s most meticulous quality control checks to ensure that each of the 338 panels used is of the very best quality. Complex, busy stitchwork has been substituted by incredibly long and perfectly straight lines. Wood sets for new Ghost come in two new finishes: Obsidian Ayous, inspired by the rich versatility of colors found in lava rock; Dark Amber integrates veins of fine aluminum particles into the dark wood.
For new Ghost, the marque’s Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers, and craftspeople created Illuminated Fascia that subtly mimics the Starlight Headliner.