2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost | new car review
Words fall short to describe just how beautiful the Ghost really is.
Perceived as a budget Rolls-Royce.
Having undergone a mid-life refresh for 2014, the Ghost returns from its visit to the plastic surgeons with a few nips and tucks along its bodywork. Redesigned LED headlights, bumpers and chrome inserts along the front air intakes, are just a few from the long list of improvements. While a tapered channel on the hood emanates from the Spirit of Ecstasy’s wings, the pronounced shoulders and swooping C-pillars come together to create a vehicle that is nothing short of stunning.
Although the Ghost may come off as a Rolls-Royce for the budget conscious, there’s no sacrifices made as far quality of materials are concerned. With each set of veneers coming from a single tree to create a seamless flow from facia to rear compartment, and cashmere gracing the roof lining, it’s just what you’d expect from the brand. In long wheel base guise, comfort is taken to new heights with an added 17 centimeters of legroom for rear passengers, allowing them to indulge in the re-sculpted seats and lambswool carpet just that little bit more.
Equipped with a fair bit of tech, the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost features a wireless hotspot that makes browsing the internet from laptops, phones and even tablets while on the move, an absolute breeze. Coupled with the high-resolution 9.2 inch screens found in the rear seats, is a state-of-the-art Bespoke Audio system that creates aural harmony through its 18 speakers, which deliver the perfect acoustic balance to every corner of the cabin.
What’s on offer?
Producing 563 horsepower at 5,250 RPM and 780 Nm of torque at 1,500 RPM, the 6.6 litre V12 engine found in the Ghost and Ghost Extended Wheelbase is no slouch, and propels the English beauty to a 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds. Enter the V-Specification territory, however, and the aforementioned figures just don’t seem to cut it anymore. Whipping out 30 horsepower more to arrive at a grand total 593 horsepower, the Ghost V-Specification with its significantly larger 21 inch wheels, is the one super-rich performance junkies would chase after.
The 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost is every bit a Rolls-Royce, and though its nearest rival is the Bentley Flying Spur, the Ghost possesses something the Flying Spur lacks; excitement. After all, would you rather say you own a Flying Spur, or the World’s Fastest Ghost to date? Yes, that’s what I thought.