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13 Aug 09 17:23
A Ghost for the High Rollers - by Rolls Royce
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The return of the Ghost.

In the 1920s "RR" produced the venerable Silver Ghost and the Phantom models I-VI.
Since the 'hip-hop & bling & bling' superstars were not yet around this was the ultimate saloon car for kings and maharajas. Flash forward to 2009 and the return of the Rolls Royce new Ghost which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

The reinvented Ghost will be powered by a brand new 6.6 liter turbo charged V12 engine unique to Rolls-Royce. This engine will produce 563 bhp, delivering a 0-100 kph time of 4.7 seconds and a governed top speed of 250 kph. The BMW developed power plant is mated to an 8-speed automatic ZF gearbox.

Rolls-Royce Director of Engineering, Helmut Riedl said, "First and foremost Ghost is a Rolls-Royce. This means that despite its extraordinary performance figures it has been engineered for effortless composure and refined power delivery. This is illustrated by the significant levels of low down torque available which makes pulling away very smooth and for an exceptionally relaxed driving experience."

Riedl continues, "Rolls-Royce power is entirely different to anything else in the automotive world. It is delivered free from stress and exertion but at the same time must engage the driver.

Ghost is about fingertip control while still enjoying a dynamic connection with the road. Equally passengers need to be cosseted from the physical sensations of acceleration, braking and cornering. Our chassis set up keeps Ghost stable and flat, preventing it from wallowing or pitching in the corners or imposing undesirable forces on those inside."

Rolls-Royce has already confirmed that the Ghost will ride on an intelligent four corner air suspension system using multilink aluminium front and rear axles. The fully integrated system allows each of the Ghost's dynamic handling systems to
work together in harmony, providing the optimum levels of refinement and comfort at all times.

The vehicle acoustics also play a vital role in creating the authentic Rolls-Royce environment. Naturally engine, exhaust and even tyre noise have been engineered to be inaudible as far as possible, both internally and externally.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, Tom Purves, said, "Ghost is not about a single superlative but rather a careful blend of attributes. A Rolls-Royce should carry its power with grace, agility and refinement and this is never achieved by a focus on outright performance. Mastery comes in creating a balance and having driven the Ghost again recently I can say confidently that our engineering team has achieved this in fine style".

Customer deliveries of Ghost in the UK and Europe will begin late in 2009 with pricing from Euro 165,000 excluding taxes and delivery charges. Customer deliveries in other markets including the USA and Asia Pacific region will begin from the second quarter 2010.

Rolls Royce Motor Cars confirms GHOST figures/specifications:

Engine power: 563 bhp / 420 kW / 570 PS @ 5250 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds
Top speed: 250 km/h (electronically governed)
Maximum torque: 780 Nm / 575 lb ft @ 1500 rpm

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