Silent as a ghost
Even at 2360 kg, this Rolls Royce is super fast and filters out even the slightest sound.autos Updated: Nov 12, 2010 02:56 IST
Even at 2360 kg, this Rolls Royce is super fast and filters out even the slightest sound
The Ghost gets its name from the Silver Ghost, made between the first three decades of the twentieth century. Rolls Royce owes its reputation to this car. The new Ghost now carries the heritage to the luxury saloon class.
The aluminium chassis of the Phantom doesn’t make its way to the Ghost. Instead, it uses a steel monocoque chassis related to that of the BMW 7-Series. The Ghost shares engine parts of the 760Li such as climate control and the twin-turbo direct-injection V12 motor.
On the inside too, some BMW touches can be seen. Smaller than the Phantom, the Ghost is still a big car. It is 44 cm shorter in length than the Phantom, but is still 17 cm longer than the S-class. The chrome-vaned radiator is much sleeker than the Parthenon-type grille of the Phantom.
Traditional interior styling has been kept intact. These include details such as the frosted white dials, violin-key switches, organ-stop vent pulls and the analogue watch. Perfectly contoured and padded seats, the trim, leather and fittings are luxurious.
Yet, rear seat space is not much. The cabin feels like a cocoon shielding you from sounds outside the car. Even blaring loudspeakers don’t make their way into the cockpit. The V12 is incredibly smooth and quiet.
The nose of the Rolls pitches about a bit but the ride is comforting. It’s only on big potholes that you are shaken with the kickback from the wheel. But as a car that is to be experienced from the rear seat, the Ghost is enjoyable to drive.
For a car that weighs 2360 kg, it is extremely fleet footed. The sudden surge in power catapults the Ghost ahead. The car reaches 100 kph in less than five seconds.
The Ghost is 200 kg lighter than the Phantom but output figures are 25 per cent more. The horn is heavy and needs a mighty heave, which will be a problem in crowded Indian cities. The huge wing mirrors stick out like an elephant’s ears. The arc of the bonnet means that you can’t see the front corners.
Ride and handling
Driving such a huge car on bustling roads was easy. The light steering, smaller and thicker than the Phantom’s, masks the Ghost’s substantial mass. Parking the Ghost was also not as tough as expected, thanks to a grouping of cameras that channel an aerial view of the Ghost’s surroundings for dent-free parking.
Price: Rs 2.5 crore (ex-showroom Delhi)
Length: 5399 mm
Width: 1948 mm
Height: 1550 mm
Wheelbase: 3295 mm
Front track: 1622 mm
Rear track: 1660 mm
Kerb weight: 2360 kg
Engine: 12-cyls in-Vee, 6592 cc, petrol Installation, Front longitudinal, rear-wheel drive
Power: 563 bhp at 5250 rpm
Torque: 79.5 kgm at 1500 rpm
Power to weight: 238.55 bhp per tonne
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic
Fuel tank: 82.5 litres
Brakes (f/r): 410/ 402 mm ventilated discs
Tyre size: 255/ 50 R19