Rolls-Royce has a reputation for producing cars that transcend the mere automotive. There is a magic attached to the name, which stems in part from exquisite attention to detail and the fine materials used throughout. The new Rolls-Royce Ghost carries on that tradition of craftsmanship, design, and engineering.
While incorporating classic Rolls-Royce design cues – the elevated prow, long bonnet, short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant tail – Ghost exudes an informal aura. In the latest evolution of the Rolls-Royce grille, the sides of the intake have been curved inwards and the vanes set back into the opening. “We wanted this to be less reminiscent of the traditional Parthenon style and more like a jet intake,” said Ian Cameron, Chief Designer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
What the design team was seeking to create was a modern Rolls-Royce that remained true to its luxurious heritage. They had found inspiration in contemporary furniture, architecture and yachts but also in the spirit of the 1930s – that sense of adventure and endeavour – which they wanted to capture in the character of this new car.
Ghost is the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced. However, Rolls-Royce power is delivered in a very different manner to other cars. It arrives in an elegant, cosseting way that can be described as being designed to lower the pulse, not raise it. Ghost is powered by a brand new, 6.6 liter twin-turbo V12 engine. Featuring direct injection, it produces 563 hp – enough to propel Ghost from 0-60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and on to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. With 575 lb/ft of torque available at just 1,500rpm, delivery of power is immediate and extremely smooth. Power is transmitted through a new eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The body of the Ghost has been engineered with a double front bulkhead to help insulate the interior from engine noise. The unibody is constructed from steel sections and then wrapped in steel panels, which are brazed by hand. This allows a near-seamless join, which is then sanded by hand until it is perfect. In total, Ghost’s frame contains 16 feet of seam welds and brazing, in addition to 6,988 spot-welds. It then spends seven days being painted and polished to perfection. The body is hand-sanded between each of the five paint layers. Once the final coat is applied, it is hand-polished for five hours. Passing through 60 pairs of hands, the production process involves more than 2,000 individual operations and takes at least 20 days to complete.
Flawless leather is an absolute requirement for the interior of a Rolls-Royce. For this reason, our leather is sourced from bulls raised in pastures free of barbed wire, ensuring that there are fewer imperfections in the leather. Any other marks are carefully avoided by our skilled leather workers. At least eight hides are used for an interior, and to ensure colour consistency, each hide comes from a batch dyed at the same time. The hides are drum-dyed rather than surface colored, ensuring that the color permeates through the leather. This process also means the leather remains much more supple, preventing cracking or squeaking and ensuring durability and longevity. All seats and interior panels are hand-stitched, using traditional upholstering techniques by those most skilled at their craft.
The natural beauty of the veneers in Ghost is brought to life by the skill of dedicated craftsmen and women. The natural burrs and grains are chosen for their intricacy and interest: veneer specialists choose only the finest logs from which these very thin cross sections are taken. Only veneer from one tree is used in any car. This ensures not only that the grain matches throughout the interior, but that each area ages and colors at the same pace. The parts are milled and sanded by hand before being coated with five layers of lacquer for protection and a mirror-like shine.
The central principle of delivering simplicity out of complexity runs throughout Ghost. Everything is designed, engineered and crafted to enhance the drive and ride experience, not to complicate it. The chassis’ poise delivers a dynamically engaging experience for the driver, yet a serene, comfortable ride for passengers. Engine power is delivered in a manner which has become an engineering signature, seemingly effortless and endless.
Ghost embodies Rolls-Royce in the 21st-century: more than 100 years of engineering and design excellence expressed in modern and uncompromised style.
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