The Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended is almost seven inches longer for improved passenger space

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended is a longer version of the second-generation Ghost, unveiled in 2020. Around 6.7 inches longer than the standard Ghost, the Ghost Extended basically features a longer wheelbase, which translates into greater space and legroom for rear-seat passengers.

Designed for customers who want to be driven by a chauffeur, the Ghost Extended shares underpinnings, design features, and technologies with the regular-wheelbase Ghost sedan. Let’s find out more about the 2021 Ghost Extended in the review below.

What makes the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended special?

  • Massive and elegant
  • 6.7 inches longer than Ghost
  • Boxy Dashboard
  • Big Infotainment Display
  • Digital Instrument Cluster
  • Analogue Clock On The Center Stack
  • Fine Leather
  • Authentic Wood Veneer
  • Enhanced Rear-Seat Legroom
  • 6.75-Liter V-12 Engine
  • 563 Horsepower
  • 627 Pound-Feet Of Torque
  • Eight-Speed Automatic
  • AWD System
  • Four-Wheel Steering
2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Exterior
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The Ghost Extended is just a standard Ghost with a longer wheelbase. Other than the extra 6.7 inches of sheet metal between the axles, it's pretty much identical to the regular Ghost.

The luxury sedan was redesigned on a clean sheet according to Rolls-Royce, but it actually looks very similar to the old model from a distance and you have to look up closely to notice the details that make it stand out.

The Ghost’s front end features a familiar layout with a big grille flanked by horizontal headlamps. The grille is slightly wider and taller now and features 20 LEDs underneath the upper frame. These lights illuminate the vertical slats when the headlamps are on. The headlamps are a bit larger and completely rectangular compared to the old model. They’re also slightly tilted toward the grille, but the overall design isn’t very different compared to the previous Ghost.

2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Exterior
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The bumper incorporates a three-piece grille, also a familiar feature from the old Ghost, but now they have identical dimensions so it looks like one single unit from one corner to the other. The opening extends upward onto the sides to include the thin vents with chrome trim that replace the old daytime running lights. The Spirit of Ecstasy statue was revised and now stands within a "lake" on the hood rather than surrounded by panel lines.

The profile is even easier to mistake for the old Ghost.

It features the same clean body panels, rectangular doors, and a symmetrical glasshouse. The rear quarter windows are a bit longer than before though. The rear of the new Ghost features the already traditional raised trunk lid section that creates muscular rear haunches. The taillights have sharper edges and are seamlessly integrated into the fenders. The chrome trim above the license plate recess is thinner now. Probably the biggest change here is that fascia is tilted forward for a slightly more elegant look.

2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Interior
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The Ghost’s interior is heavily based on the bigger Phantom sedan. Getting in and out is now easier than to upgraded self-opening and closing doors. Once inside you’ll find a new dashboard design with big digital instrument cluster and infotainment display, but also a passenger-side screen that display’s the car’s name and more than 850 stars. As before, nearly all surfaces are wrapped in fine leather or covered with authentic wood trim, including a new selection of open-pore veneers like Obsidian Ayous and Dark Amber.

The seats are as comfortable as they get, but you can also enjoy a new air purification system, a quieter cabin, and a premium audio system with 18 speakers and 1,300 watts.

2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Interior
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So what sets the Extended model apart from the regular Ghost? Well, a longer wheelbase means greater space and legroom for rear-seat passengers. If you’re buying this car to be chauffeured around, you’ll get the most legroom in a four-door sedan except for the massive Phantom Extended. You can also order a reclining Serenity seat, which according to Rolls-Royce provides the comfort of a business jet cabin.

The Ghost Extended also comes with a champagne fridge between the rear seats. It operates two cooling modes, chilling to six and 11 degrees Celsius.

Why? Well, Rolls-Royce says it consulted with a master sommelier and learned that the optimum serving temperatures of non-vintage Champagne is around six degrees centigrade and vintage Champagnes is around 11 degrees centigrade. Fancy!

2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Interior
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The Ghost Extended shares all underpinnings with the regular Ghost, so it features a 6.75-liter V-12 under the hood. Slightly bigger than the old 6.6-liter V-12, the new mill generates 563 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. These figures make the new Ghost is only marginally more powerful than its predecessor.

The first-gen Ghost came with 562 horsepower on tap, so the new four-door gains just one horsepower.

However, the old Ghost had 575 pound-feet of torque, so the new Ghost benefits from an additional 52 pound-feet.

The British company has yet to release performance numbers, but it’s safe to say that the extra torque and the all-wheel-drive system make the new model a tenth-second quicker than the old Ghost Extended. The previous sedan needs 4.7 seconds to hit 62 mph, so the second-gen sedan should do it in 4.6 clicks. Top speed is limited to 155 mph as before.

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2021 Rolls Royce Ghost specifications
Engine 6.75-liter V-12
Horsepower 563 HP
Torque 627 LB-FT
0 to 62 mph 4.6 seconds
Top Speed 155 mph

Just like the outgoing model, the new Ghost Extended comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission from ZF. But the big news is that it also features an all-wheel-drive system for the very first time. It’s also equipped a rear-wheel steering system, so it’s more stable and more dynamic than before. Rolls-Royce also moved the engine behind the front axle to achieve that perfect 50/50 weight distribution.

2021 Rolls Royce Ghost Extended Exterior
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The Ghost Extended also shares the company’s new architecture with the standard Ghost. Built in-house, the aluminum spaceframe replaces the old platform derived from the BMW 7 Series and makes the Ghost more rigid and dynamic. It also features a new suspension setup with a refined version of the Magic Carpet Ride system and a industry-first upper wishbone damper mounted above the front suspension.

Pricing is not yet available, but with the regular Ghost priced from $332,500, the Extended model should come in at around $340,000 before options.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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