We know Rolls-Royce is making a smaller car, but now it’s rumored that Rolls will using it to resurrect a historic name. The car, which we have until now known as the RR4, is rumored to go to production with the name Silver Ghost.
This is significant because the original Silver Ghost was the first Rolls-Royce to really catch on with the public. It was the car that established Rollers as a world standard by the time production ended in 1926. The new Silver Ghost will likely take up a different place in Rolls-Royce’s lineup. There were less than 8,000 of the original cars produced over a twenty-year period, and the new Ghost will be the baby Roller that will be used as the mass-market car (if Rolls-Royce can make such a thing, especially at the expected $250,000 price tag.)
The 2010 Silver Ghost should carry many of Rolls’ current design cues, including suicide doors. Under the skin the car will show more of the roots from its corporate parent BMW with elements like iDrive and possibly the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 from the next generation M-Series cars.