A driver’s Rolls Royce.
The Ghost receives classic Rolls Royce design language such as the long hood, tall and powerful grille, a short front overhang, and sharply raked A-pillar. That however, is where the Ghost’s classic personality stops.
The new 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost has been designed and engineered to create a rich driving experience, an automobile that you would rather drive than be chauffeured in. The principal of “simplicity out of complexity” pulses through its veins.
Dynamic design dominates the exterior. Powerful shoulders flow to the rear in unison with the low-cut roof creating a powerful and sleek profile. Muscular lines flank the powerful grille and cut through the hood. The large air intake resembles that of a jet, swallowing air for the mighty V-12. Optional chromed exhausts sit below the modern taillights. Self-righting wheel centers bear the Rolls Royce logo. An optional Silver Satin finish is available for the hood, grille, and windscreen surround.
The cockpit of the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost has been designed to be simple and intuitive, in order to create a more enjoyable driving experience. More driver-oriented than any Rolls Royce before it, the Ghost features an elevated driver’s seat in order to have a clear view of the road. Neatly sculpted functions with violin key switches, frosted white dials, and frosted lamps adorn the dashboard. The center display is hidden behind a veneered panel, and controlled by a rotary controller and quick access buttons on the front center console.
Coach doors greet passengers as they enter a contemporary and comfortable interior. Inside the front doors are Teflon-coated umbrellas for unsatisfactory weather. For a more private and intimate ride, rear passengers are positioned behind the C-pillar and seats are slightly angled towards each other. Natural light bathes the interior, creating an inviting and warm environment. Four-zone air conditioning allows for individual comfort, and can be controlled separately at the front and rear. Individual lounge seating is optional, and features massaging functions and perforated leather for a stream of cool air. Veneered picnic tables are an additional option for the rear seats, featuring a veneered surface and a fine leather back in the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost.
A number of electronic systems assist the driver and creates a satisfying ride. Numerous cameras are fitted around the Ghost to display obstacles in blind spots and provide a reverse path prediction for parking. Inside the grille that houses the Spirit of Ecstasy is a night vision camera. The camera works in conjunction with the Pedestrian Recognition system to display objects up to 300 meters away on the dash screen. A heads-up display projects information such as speed and navigation on the front windshield, and is only visible to the driver. The most enjoyable electronic system is the standard 600-watt entertainment system. Featuring 16-speakers, a 10-channel amplifier, and two floor-mounted subwoofers, the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost audio system delivers an intimate concert experience. A 12.5 GB hard drive allows for the storage of music and information from CD’s and USB devices in the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost. An optional Theatre Configuration is available for the rear seats, and features a six-disc multimedia changer and two 9.2-inch LCD screens that are controlled by an armrest rotary controller.
The 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost is the most powerful automobile produced by Rolls Royce thanks to the 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine. Producing 583 bhp and 575 lb-ft. of torque, the Ghost is catapulted to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds, on it’s way to a 155 mph top speed. An eight-speed automatic ZF transmission delivers exceptional performance while achieving optimum fuel consumption. Replacing the standard rev counter is a power reserve gauge, alluding to the Ghost’s dynamic nature. The new air suspension system ensures the proper ride in any condition. The system is so sensitive that it can detect the movement of a single passenger from one seat to the other, and adjust appropriately.
The Ghost is built with the same legendary craftsmanship and attention to detail known only to Rolls Royce. Taking at least 20 days to complete, the Ghost endures over 2,000 operations from 60 craftsmen. Seven days are dedicated to painting the Ghost. After the final coat, the Ghost is hand-polished for five hours. Twelve exterior colors are available with an optional Silver Satin hood.
Only the highest quality leather is used for the interior of the Ghost. A minimum of eight bull hides are used for the interior, all batch dyed at the same time for consistency. Instead of painting, the leather is drum-dyed to guarantee that it is supple and durable. All seats and interior trim pieces are hand stitched by skills craftsmen and women. Veneer specialists handpick the finest logs for the interior. Only one tree is used for each Ghost to ensure matching grain and color. The wood is hand milled and sanded before it is given five coats of lacquer.
The newest and most dynamic addition to the Rolls Royce model line will be available in April of 2010. Pricing for the 2011 Rolls Royce Ghost will start at $245,000.
2011 Rolls Royce Ghost Gallery
2011 Rolls Royce Ghost Specifications
No. of doors / seats: 4 / 5
Vehicle length: 212.6 inches
Vehicle width: 76.7 inches
Vehicle height (unloaded): 61.0 inches
Wheelbase: 129.7 inches
Turning circle: 44.0 ft.
Track width front: 63.9 inches
Track width rear: 65.4 inches
Width at shoulder height (front): 59.4 inches
Width at shoulder height (rear): 55.8 inches
Effective legroom (front): 41.7 inches
Effective legroom (rear): 42.3 inches
Effective headroom (front): 40.6 inches
Effective headroom (rear): 39.0 inches
Trunk volume: 17.3 cu. ft.
Approx. fuel tank capacity: 21.8 gal.
Curb weight: 5445 lbs.
Axle load ratio (rear) (unladen) 48.6%
Gross vehicle weight: 6482 lbs.
Payload: 1014 lbs.
Axle load limit (front): 3175 lbs.
Axle load limit (rear): 3472 lbs.
No. of cylinders: V-12
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel management: Direct injection
Engine injector set-up: DI (VVT)
Aspiration: Twin turbochargers
Displacement: 402.3 cu. inches (6.6 liters)
Stroke: 3.48 inches
Bore: 3.50 inches
Horsepower: 563 @ 5250 RPM
Max. Torque: 575 lb-ft. @ 1500 RPM
Compression ratio: 10.0:1
Fuel Type: Premium unleaded
Transmission type – 8-speed automatic
Final drive: 2.81
Steering and Brakes:
Steering type: Rack and Pinion
Brake front: 16.1 inches, ventilated disc
Brake rear: 15.8 inches, ventilated disc
Wheels and Tires:
Front tires: 255/50 R19 103Y, optional 255/45 R20 101Y
Rear tires: 255/50 R19 103Y, optional 285/40 R20 104Y
Front wheels: 8.5J x 19 EH2, optional 8.5Jx20 EH2
Rear wheels: 8.5J x 19 EH2, optional 9.5Jx20 EH2
Drag coefficient: 0.33
Top speed:155 mph
Acceleration 0-60mph: 4.8 seconds
Acceleration 1/4 mile: 13.2 seconds
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