Rolls Royce developed the Ghost in an effort to boost sales during the difficult times that were before all car makers worldwide. It was displayed at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and did exactly what Rolls Royce hoped it would, leading the company to a 146% sales increase in 2010 . Of course, when something does that well, car makers will always seize the opportunity and create a variety of versions to rake in as much profit as possible. That is exactly what Rolls Royce is doing by preparing a coupe and convertible version of the company’s ultra luxury car to further increase sales with the use of "cheaper" models.
Expect both versions to share the same design and powertrain as the sedan version. This will mean a 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563bhp and 780 NM of torque (being the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce has ever produced). This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and to hit a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. The engine is mated to an eight-speed, shift-by-wire, automatic ZF gearbox and has a fuel consumption of 20.8 mpg.
The sedan version is priced at $245,000 so expect to see a price of less than $300,000 for both future versions.
It’s not every day you get the chance to see a tuned-up Rolls Royce . In fact, we would love to hear about any Rolls Royce out there that has received the attention of a professional tuning firm other than the one that we are about to present to you. Tuning firm, Mansory, has made the Ghost luxury sedan look even sportier and more elegant than before. The package is called Ghost White Limited and includes both engine and aerodynamic updates.
The car is painted in a subtle white and adds a new front-end featuring additional LED daytime running lights and vertical air outlets on the sides. The Ghost will also get new side skirts, rear view mirrors on each side, a rear spoiler, and a rear apron with implied diffuser and dual sport-exhaust-system. The exterior package is finished by 22" diamond-polished wheels.
The interior gets high grade leather with a cross-stitched pattern, headliner and dash board made of Alcantara, and sports steering wheel with bamboo inserts.
The engine has been optimized to deliver a total of 638 HP at 5700 rpm and a peak torque of 860 NM up from the standard 563bhp and 780 NM of torque. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a slower 4.5 seconds, but a top speed of 180 mph (up from 155mph).
Such a luxurious and classy car may not need any upgrades to further its level of sophistication and, quite honestly, we are debating on whether or not such a car should even see the hands of a tuner. That being said, there is no harm in improving on what we have already been given, so let us know of any professionally tuned Rolls Royce vehicles you have seen. We’d be interested in compiling a list of the classiest projects that have been completed.
Rolls Royce is off to a good sales start in the first five months of 2010 and it has its new entry-level 2010 Ghost limousine to thank for it. Launched only last December, the new Ghost has provided Rolls Royce with a sales boost that’s totaled 678 units since January, a 146% increase from the same time a year ago.
Customers have become enamored with the $250,000 Ghost and with the brand’s high-end flagship sedan, the Phantom , commanding an asking price of about $400,000, the Ghost has somehow taken its place as the hotcake seller of the brand. The spike in sales has made Rolls Royce confident that the brand will exceed even its own expectations and is now poised to at least double the sales volume of 2009.
Rolls Royce is also looking at expanding sales efforts in China where the brand is confident that it could become a major market for both the Ghost and the Phantom. "I could see China overtaking the UK this year as our second-biggest market after the US," said Rolls Royce chief Torsten Müller-Ötvös in an interview with the Financial Times.
It’s been a good year for Rolls Royce and the brand is looking into keeping the momentum as they continue to surge forward in establishing their brand as the pre-eminent luxury brand in the world.
The new 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost is the latest half British and half German ultra-luxury car to come from the storied auto manufacturer. The Ghost is the entry-level car, priced well below the larger Phantom , which will set you back $380,000.
The 2010 Ghost was going to be good; there were no doubts about that. It’s based on the BMW 760Li , but Rolls says that the Ghost is only 20 percent BMW. Rolls-Royce is also quick to point out that everything you see and touch is all-new for the model. Like all Rolls-Royce models, the new Ghost is seriously luxurious.
We have online configurators coming out of our ears lately, but it shouldn’t surprise us that Rolls Royce has opted to extend the configuration process to a place that may be a little more convenient for some. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced a new iPhone and iPod touch application that will allow potential drivers to customize Rolls-Royce’s newest model; the Rolls-Royce Ghost .
With this new application, customers can choose from twelve standard paint finishes, three different wheel styles, and visible exhausts. They also have the option of a Silver Satin bonnet which is only available on the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Following the app to the inside of the car leaves the customer to choose from eight different leather colors and five veneer designs including Dark Wenge and Malabar. The finished products designed by potential drivers can also be saved in the app’s virtual garage.
In addition to customizing the Rolls-Royce Ghost, this application can also give the customer the vehicle’s specifications and direct them to the nearest Rolls-Royce dealership. If the potential driver is still not ready to make a final decision, the application comes with videos and images of the Rolls-Royce Ghost as the extra push needed to convince the potential driver to go out a buy one.
The best part about this application is that it is downloadable and FREE! All one has to do is hit up the app store and click install. We do have a complaint though; the application takes a long time to download compared to other applications, which is understandable considering the information that has to be downloaded. Other than that, the application is pretty self-explanatory and easy to use. There are obviously not a ton of different options to choose from, but we could say the same for some online configurators out there too.
We understand the love for cars, we really do, but we were thinking this guy was going WAY too far in his attempt to get a little closer to the Rolls Royce Ghost . Yes, the car is a total dream with a 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine that delivers 563bhp and 780 NM of torque and a jump from 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds. The sound system belts out at 600 Watts of sound delivered through a 10-channel amplifier and 16 speakers. The Rolls Royce even has $4000.00 umbrellas installed in the front doors. Like we said, the car is a dream that allows for Batman-type accessories with the class and sophistication of a Rolls Royce .
By the way, he wasn’t really “enjoying” the Rolls Royce as much as it looks like he was. He was actually cleaning off a smudge they found on the car right before it was shipped to its owner. He took off his jeans to ensure the paint would not get scratched. Now that’s what we call dedication.
It’s not very often to hear about a tuning package for a model like Rolls Royce Ghost. But Mansory has prepared something very special for the Geneva Motor Show. Their tuning package combines most precious materials with elaborate performance, individual appearance and stylish interior refinements.
For the engine Mansory used enlarged bi-turbo chargers, an ECU optimization, sports manifold and the sports catalysers and they obtained an impressive 720 hp and 780 NM of torque. As a result the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4,4 seconds and top speed goes up to an impressive 192 mph.
The exterior is painted in a combination of Gold and Blue, a new front skirt, a modified radiator grill insert and 22" wheels. The interior combines delicate leather with diamond-quilted ornaments.
If having your very own Rolls Royce Ghost wasn’t enough, then you can purchase this tuned-up Ghost from Deutsche Manufaktur for a princely sum of €450,000 – or $666,000.
Calling it the ‘Numero Uno’, Deutsche Manufaktur outfitted the Ghost with a plethora of upgrades on the car’s aerodynamics, design, and performance. Among the key additions include a new set of front and rear spoilers, new headlight shades, a new grille, adjustable tint glasses, and a set of 20-inch forged and diamond-polished wheels, which comes in three designs - Y-Star wheel design. Black Fireball design. Lightning Speed design - that prospective customers can choose from.
The car is available at the James List website where you can make purchase for the previously mentioned exorbitant sum.
The illustrious English automaker unveiled the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost luxury saloon at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this year to compete with other high end dream rides like the Bentley Continental . And while they did manage to point out the 21st century Ghost will be the most powerful vehicle that Rolls Royce Motor Cars has ever produced, they remained tight lipped about how much the new Ghost was going to retail for. That is until now. Powered by an all new 6.6 Liter twin turbocharged V12 that pumps out 563 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight speed automatic ZF gearbox, the combination is enough to send the Ghost from 0 to 60 MPH in only 4.7 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH all while returning an estimated 20.8 MPG.
Taking the opportunity to clear the air at the LA Auto Show, Rolls Royce has recently announced that the 2011 Ghost will go on sale for the mere sum of $245,000 as well as the fact that the English coach builder is working on a gas/electric version of the Ghost that will be based around the same hybrid drivetrain that is found in its Bavarian cousin, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 . However you can expect to pay a bit more to go green.
In an effort to hop aboard the hybrid bandwagon, perennial luxury carmaker, Rolls Royce recently announced of their plans to produce a hybrid drivetrain for the new Ghost sedan that will effectively cut the car’s gas-guzzling capabilities by as much as 15%.
The word floating around is that since the Ghost uses the a platform that was pegged from the BMW 7-Series , the new hybrid version of the Ghost will also use the same ActiveHybrid 7-Series from BMW .
According to Autocar, the hybrid model of the Ghost will still come with the same 6.2-liter V12 engine found on the traditional model, but with the addition of an electric motor that’s integrated into the Ghost’s eight-speed auto transmission, which if form holds, will amount to the hybrid Ghost saving 15% of its fuel compared to the traditional counterpart.
If plans move along – and they are moving rather quickly, as a matter of fact – we could very well see a hybrid Rolls Royce – who would’ve thought that day would come – rolling out of production lots sooner than we thought.