Rolls Royce’s latest release, the Ghost Extended, is designed for people who prefer the back seat.
Rolls-Royce has long been the benchmark for luxury and sheer opulence one can squeeze in a car. Of course, the shiny new second-generation Ghost launched early in September is no exception. But even so, the company unveiled the Ghost Extended version with 170mm more rear passenger leg-room.
In a press release, Rolls-Royce said this car is a “result of in-depth dialogue with Rolls-Royce’s diverse and global customer base.” Moreover, they claim the new Ghost Extended answers customer demand by increasing business and lifestyle requirements.
It’s all About Comfort and Opulence
The new Ghost sits on the same aluminum spaceframe architecture from the Cullinan and the Phantom. For the Extended, Rolls-Royce stretched the architecture to make the rear seats even more comfortable. However, the designers managed to “cloak” the extra length by only extending the back door and the body around it.
Exclusive to the Extended is something Rolls-Royce calls “Rear Suite Serenity.” The package includes a reclining seat that matches comfort levels to that of a business jet environment. Also, there is a Champagne fridge with two different modes, depending on the type of drink.
Meanwhile, the British carmaker claims that the New Ghost is the most technologically advanced “Rolls Royce” ever. The car features Wi-Fi, a smart infotainment system, a new air purification system, and various road safety systems.
When it comes to driving dynamics, the Ghost Extended will massively benefit from the rear-wheel steering system. At low speeds, the system virtually reduces the wheelbase by turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction. At higher speeds, though, the system turns the wheels in the same direction.
As a result, it reduces the turning radius at low speeds, which helps when zipping around town, while also increasing stability at high velocities.
Enough Power for Quick, yet Smooth Progress
In the powertrain department, the car features the old twin-turbo V12. The 6.75-liter unit produces 563 hp and 850Nm of torque at just 1,600rpm, enough for brisk 0-60 time of 4.8 seconds. Crucially, the engine helps the near 2.5-ton Luxo-barge to offer a smooth ride to its occupants without many down-shifts.
While other carmakers try to shave off as much weight as possible to increase performance, Rolls-Royce brags about adding a colossal 100kg of sound dampening. Which, of course, should make the Ghost Extended the quietest vehicle in its category.
There’s also a new “Planar Suspension System” featuring “continuously variable, electronically controlled shock absorbers, self-leveling high-volume air strut assemblies.” This technology helps in achieving the “Magic Carpet Ride” as Rolls-Royce likes to call it.
Although the company announced no prices yet, the new Ghost will undoubtedly come at a premium to the first-generation car. And the Extended will cost even more. As always, one can quickly double the price by ticking just a handful of optional extras.
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