At a glance
- New price: £226,063 - £261,943
- Used price: £90,780 - £220,780
Refinement, ride quality, interior comfort, effortless performance, remarkable handling, prestige appeal
Sheer size, limited range on a full tank of fuel, high cost of maintenance and repairs, substantial depreciation
The Rolls-Royce Ghost is a four-door luxury saloon that’s claimed to be the most driver-orientated model the manufacturer has made to date.
Designed to stay true to the company’s traditions of using fine materials and offering ultimate comfort, the Ghost is impeccably finished and detailed throughout. It also utilises an advanced air suspension system to deliver the ride quality and refinement buyers expect from the marque.
Powerful V12 engine and smooth gearbox
The Ghost features a suitably impressive 6.6-litre V12 engine that benefits from twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. These aid it in generating 563bhp and 780Nm of pulling power, more than enough to propel the Ghost along with vigour.
An eight-speed automatic gearbox sends power to the rear wheels, and the smooth-shifting transmission helps the Ghost return 20.8mpg. That might sound excessive but, if you bear in mind that the Ghost weighs well over two tonnes, it’s not entirely unreasonable.
With a range of driver assistance systems, plenty of grip and precise controls, the Ghost is capable around corners and remarkably quick. It may not have sports car-like handling but it makes every journey an experience and it’s an immensely satisfying car to drive.
Equipment and options
The Ghost is an upmarket car and, consequently, it packs an upmarket range of standard equipment and optional extras. As standard it comes with kit that includes four-zone climate control, cruise control, electric heated front seats, an electrically adjustable steering column, sat-nav and Bluetooth.
Those who are looking for something a little more individual won’t be disappointed either. Besides an array of options like adaptive cruise control, Rolls-Royce offers a comprehensive customisation scheme. It allows buyers to tailor their new Ghosts to their exacting specifications and requirements.
The Ghost is an expensive car that has few direct rivals. If you’ve the money, however, to both buy and run one then there’s little like it that offers such comfort, refinement and performance.
Add to that mix the prestige appeal of the Rolls-Royce badge and you’ve a very compelling purchase. For more information read the full Rolls-Royce Ghost review that follows.