2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost | new car review

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 by

The Ghost is all new from for , and represents a big leap for the British luxury carmaker.

The rest of the Rolls-Royce range is all based around the massive and ultra-luxurious Phantom, whereas the Ghost is smaller and has more of a focus on driving dynamics, although Rolls promises the same luxury and “waftability” experience that the brand stands for.

The new car stands against rivals like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Maserati Quattroporte and other high-end luxury saloons.

The styling is inspired by that of a yacht with an elevated prow and long bonnet while still incorporating classic Rolls-Royce design cues. Modern touches include wheel hubs that remain in one position while the car is moving, Xenon headlights and optional matte paint.

2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Inside, the hand-made interior is intended to live up to Rolls’ extremely high standards. Chrome, wood and deep-pile carpets abound. Rear-hinged suicide doors allow access to the rear seats, while the front door houses an umbrella in case the heavens open or the sun is too ferocious.

Four-zone air conditioning allows each passenger his or her own temperature, while the rear seats are slightly turned in towards each other – for a more convivial atmosphere, Rolls-Royce says. Optional individual lounge seats are available in the back, which come with a massage function and air cooling through perforations in the leather upholstery. A 16-speaker sound system provides entertainment through a 12.5GB hard disc for music storage.

The Ghost is 400mm shorter than the Phantom, but thanks to some clever engineering, the interior space is very similar. The cabin is intended to be cosseted and insulated from the outside world and rides, quite literally, on a bed of air thanks to an air suspension system. Rolls-Royce says that riding in the Ghost is akin to riding on a magic carpet.

2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Power comes from a new twin-turbocharged, 6.6-litre V12 engine producing 563bhp and a considerable 780Nm of torque. This gives the car enough grunt to reach 100kph from standstill in less than five seconds, and a top speed electronically limited to 247kph. The power is taken to the wheels by an eight-speed automatic gearbox.



Safety systems include plenty of control tools such as Anti-Roll Stabilisation, Dynamic Brake Control and Dynamic Stability Control, including Dynamic Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control. The Ghost also sports plenty of airbags and an advanced crash and safety system that works with all the systems in the car to judge what features to deploy depending on the situation.

2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Additionally, the Ghost features night vision cameras and several regular cameras to help when manoeuvring, as well as a head up display that projects speed and navigation information onto the windscreen. The car also has a lane departure warning system to alert the driver if he or she inadvertently wanders outside of the lane, as well as active cruise control that slows the car down if a slower vehicle is in front of it, then automatically speeds up to a preset velocity once it moves out of the way.


Price (AED): 920,000

Engine size (litres) Max power (bhp/rpm)Max torque (Nm/rpm)Transmission
6.6 twin turbo V12563/5,250780/1,500 8A

Body style: Sedan

Weight (kg): 2,360


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