The Ghost is an “entry-level” variant of the Rolls-Royce brand. The term “entry-level” is very relative when we are talking about shelling out at least AED 1.2 Million to avail the base 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost. But this is the price one pays for exclusivity. Having a Rolls-Royce has always been a stamp on ones achievement and social status – after all kings, queens and maharajahs were and are still paraded in a Rolls-Royce.
2013 Rolls Royce Ghost Review
The Ghost is the smallest model offered from Rolls-Royce yet it still stretches 212.6 inches from bumper to bumper which is almost 6 inches longer than the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the BMW 7 Series. It has the same rear suicide doors as the larger Phantom and let’s just say that any model which wears the “Spirit of Ecstasy” hood ornament would not lack in elegance or street presence.
The Ghost oozes street presence, wherever we went; we just felt eyes staring at us. A head turner it surely is whether stationary or wafting along Sheikh Zayed Road. The Rolls-Royce Ghost also brings out the best of people on the roads. Somehow every other car around us seemed to slow down in admiration. Cars seemed to give way while changing lanes; there were no honking even though at certain times we were cruising at 80kmph on the fast lane. So it seems that the mammoth price tag the Ghost commands reaps many benefits and we have not even started with the craftsmanship or the power of the car.
Rolls-Royce wanted the Ghost to be more of a driver’s car than the Phantom. It’s powered by a mammoth 6.6liter twin turbocharged, direct injected V12 and gives out 563 English horses and 575 lb-ft of twist. Not that we need to post a sprint time but it’s good to know that the Ghost can run to 100kmph in around 4.8 seconds.
Yes that’s faster than you can say “Pardon me, would you have any Grey Poupon?” The Ghost is nimble around the interchanges and the round-abouts despite weighing almost 3 tonnes. It also has a hefty thirst, which the 8 speed ZF gearbox can’t seem to quench. But then again why would anyone driving the Ghost worry about it, we are talking about people whose income is generated by the seconds.
Inside, the Ghost is no short of an automobile version of a palace. It has touches of art deco frosted instrumentation and an analogue clock. Wood trims everywhere and chrome covered violin key switches. They have taken the classic chromed eyeball vents controls via organ stop plungers in a bid to accentuate the symphony of aural pleasures that just overwhelms anyone stepping into it.
Out tester came with the optional lamb wool floor mats which compelled us to take off our shoes and enjoy the softness and depth of its luxury.
Ian Cameron, the chief designer for the Rolls-Royce Ghost said that the flowing lines are dominated by its majestic “Yacht Line” styling. It is a statement that resonates when we look at the Ghost in its entirety. Even while driving and guiding the “Flying Lady” across the inner roads it felt like we were navigating a stately yacht through the marine docks.
The people at Goodwood have been building the new Rolls-Royce since BMW bought the rights to the Rolls Royce brand. They have started with the Phantom, Phantom Drophead and Coupe and since 2009, the Ghost. The Ghost is elegant, powerful and extremely lavish in comfort and presence. Since it wears the “Spirit of Ecstasy” statuette, it retains all what Rolls-Royce stands for.
|2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost|
|Displacement||6.6L twin turbocharged V12|
|Rated Output||563 hp @ 5200 – 6000 rpm|
|Rated Torque||575 Nm @ 1500 – 5000 rpm|
|Transmission – type of gearshift||8 speed automatic|
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h||4.8 s|
|Top speed||250 km/h*|
|Price (AED)||1.2 Million – 1.9 Million|
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