Rolls-Royce Ghost preview

Production Cars 27 Jul 2009
Rolls-Royce Ghost preview

Rolls-Royce has released technical details about the upcoming Ghost model which will be unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. It will be powered by a new 6.6 liter turbocharged V12 engine capable of 563 hp and coupled with a 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Rolls Royce GhostRolls-Royce has confirmed the performance figures for the Ghost, the new model which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

The car – previously known as Project RR4 – is based on the Rolls-Royce 200EX design study presented at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.

The Ghost will be powered by a brand new 6.6 litre turbo charged V12 engine unique to Rolls-Royce.

This engine will produce 563 bhp, delivering a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a governed top speed of 155 mph.

Rolls Royce RR4 Design Sketch Rolls-Royce RR4/Ghost – design sketch

The engine is combined with an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox.

Rolls-Royce Director of Engineering, Helmut Riedl said, “First and foremost Ghost is a Rolls-Royce. This means that despite its extraordinary performance figures it has been engineered for effortless composure and refined power delivery.

"This is illustrated by the significant levels of low down torque available which makes pulling away very smooth and for an exceptionally relaxed driving experience.”

Riedl continues, “[…] Ghost is about fingertip control while still enjoying a dynamic connection with the road.

"Equally passengers need to be cosseted from the physical sensations of acceleration, braking and cornering. Our chassis set up keeps Ghost stable and flat, preventing it from wallowing or pitching in the corners or imposing undesirable forces on those inside.”

Rolls Royce 200 EXRolls-Royce has already confirmed that the Ghost will ride on an intelligent four corner air suspension system using multi link aluminium front and rear axles.

The engine, exhaust and even tyre noise have been engineered to be inaudible as far as possible, both internally and externally.

Customer deliveries of Ghost in Europe will begin late in 2009 with pricing from £165,000 excluding taxes and delivery charges.

Customer deliveries in other markets including the USA and Asia Pacific region will begin from the second quarter 2010.

A full technical specification will be released later in the year.

Rolls-Royce Ghost – Technical Specifications

  • No. of doors/seats: 4/5
  • Length: 5399 mm / 212.6 inches
  • Width 1948 mm / 76.7 inches
  • Height: 1550 mm / 61 inches
  • Wheelbase: 3295 mm / 129.7 inches
  • Engine: new 6.6 litre turbocharged V12
  • Gearbox: 8-speed ZF
  • Power output: 563 bhp / 420 kW / 570 PS @ 5250 rpm
  • Max torque @ engine speed: 780 Nm / 575 lb ft @ 1500 rpm
  • Top speed: 155 mph / 250 km/h (electronically governed)
  • 0-60 mph 4.7 seconds (4.8 seconds North America)*
  • 0-100 km/h 4.9 seconds (5.0 seconds North America)*
  • Ghost pricing (excluding taxes and delivery charges):
    • UK: £165,000
    • Europe: Euro 213,000
    • North America: US$245,000
    • Rest of World: US$250,000

(Source: Rolls-Royce)

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