After months of teasing, Rolls Royce has officially unveiled the 2010 Ghost.
Looking virtually identical to the 200EX Concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, the Ghost blends classic Rolls Royce design themes with modern style. The front end is dominated by a large sloping grille, which is meant to resemble a jet intake, and slim Xenon headlights. Moving further back, the profile reveals massive rearview mirrors, suicide doors (coach doors in RR speak), and a subtle lower character line. At the rear, there are LED taillights, optional chrome exhaust tips, and hints of a "Bangle butt" (although it was designed by Ian Cameron). For maximum street presence, a contrasting Silver Satin paint finish can be applied to the hood, grille and windscreen surround.
As one would expect, the interior is luxurious and decidedly elegant. When a driver enters the cabin, they are greeted by loads of leather, chrome detailing, "violin key" switches, frosted instrument dials, and plenty of wood trim. Further conveniences include four-zone automatic air conditioning (with condensation prevention and solar compensation) and individual lounge seating with massage, heating, and cooling.
If that's not luxurious enough, Rolls Royce offers lambswool floor mats, a panorama sunroof, veneered picnic tables, and a cool box with integrated champagne glasses. The company also offers a "theatre configuration" that includes two 9.2-inch LCD screens (mounted in back of the front seats) and a glovebox-mounted six-disc multi-media changer.
In terms of technology, the Ghost is packed with all the latest developments. A comfort entry (aka passive entry) system unlocks the doors as you approach, a series of cameras (rear, front side and top) help you park, and a night vision system (with pedestrian recognition) helps you see in the dark. Other techno goodies include a head-up display, a lane departure warning system (that vibrates the steering wheel if you leave a lane without signaling), high beam assistance (automatically adjusts headlight settings for optimum lighting), and active cruise control with stop & go technology.
Power comes from a brand new 6.6-liter turbocharged V12 engine with 563 bhp (420 kW / 570 PS) and 780 Nm (575 lb ft) of torque. Backed up by an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Ghost accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds) before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). If you're worried about fuel consumption, you'll be happy to know the Ghost averages 13.6 l/100km in combined cycle (20.8 mpg).
Based on the BMW 7-Series, the Ghost measures 5399mm (212.6 inches) in length with a 3295mm (129.7 inches) wheelbase, 1948mm (76.7 inches) in width, and 1550mm (61 inches) in height. The luxury sedan rides on an advanced air suspension that features multi-link aluminum front and rear axles, Active Roll Stabilization, and Variable Damping Control.
Set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ghost will be priced from £165,000 (UK), €213,000 (in Europe), $245,000 (US) and $250,000 USD virtually everywhere else.