A jack of most trades and master of some, the new Ghost is the least extravagant car made by Rolls-Royce, but is still very opulent and luxurious.
While its predecessor was based on the F01 generation of the BMW 7-Series, this one shares its construction with the Cullinan SUV and Phantom flagship sedan.
Driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission is a twin-turbo 6.75-liter V12. It pumps out 563 HP (571 PS / 420 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque, available from just 1,600 rpm, and despite tipping the scales at around 5,500 pounds (2.5 tons), the 2021 Ghost can hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.6 seconds and max out an an electronically limited 155 mph (250 km/h).
Even though it has shed most of its BMW weight, there are still some German touches in it, such as the stalks and hardware of the infotainment system, but beyond that, it is a true Rolls. It boasts a very complicated suspension with active roll-bars, has all-wheel steering and manages to provide an incredibly comfortable, smooth and easy driving experience, without stepping on the bigger Phantom’s toes.
The level of luxury gear inside is worthy of the Rolls-Royce badge, but then again, this is to be expected from a car that starts at around £280,000 ($356,562) in its home market, and $332,500 in the United States, excluding options. As for the car reviewed below, it came with a lot of bells and whistles, raising the price to a staggering £380,000, or $483,905 at current exchange rates.