It’s not a Ferrari or a Lamborghini, but it turns heads just the same. It may be because a Rolls Royce, is special and unique. And in the case of SpiritIts history goes back 115 years with the Silver Ghost.
Owning a Rolls is to show passers-by that you are from another world. Personally, I preferred the Parthenon era grille as seen on the current Phantom VIII. As for Spirit, even if it is still big, it is more “wise”. The timeless “Flying Lady” padded long hat remains attractive. Am I the only one who loves hat decorations?
Traditional does not mean that producers work by lighting candles! The Ghost can thank BMW technologies in lasers and directional lights. They shine like the sun at noon in the evening. In a resume, the details grab our attention. The hub of the rim remains free of its own weight when the wheels are in motion. How about a chrome folding strip that also serves as a drain. The new generation Rolls-Royce uses inverted doors. As if the technique wasn’t already impressive, their closure is electric at the push of a button.
The trunk line is inspired by the Phantom VIII, but in a more fluid way. Planned chrome lights with a three-dimensional effect hug the curve of the hips that carve out the sedan. Rolls-Royce wanted to give the Ghost a “Boat Tail” look, and it works. By hitting, everything behind the wheels is exposed to projections that can affect the color. Speaking of color, it had a noticeable orange peel, which is unacceptable. On the other hand, the quality of the collection borders on perfection.
The interior of the Rolls-Royce is impressive. As for the exterior, it is very large, but in the case of the Ghost, it is much lower than the Phantom VIII and Cullinan. The finish and the quality of the materials (leather, chrome and ayous wood) are perfect. Everything is authentic, stable and fully functional. This spirit respects the reputation of the brand.
Most interesting are the historical references and explanations. The instrument is 100% digital, but accepts the presentation of previous years, especially with the Power Reserve dial. The headlight switch looks like it’s straight out of the 1930s, as does the large steering wheel. The theme is repeated with the air conditioning controls and their large knobs. I LOVE THAT! Very respectful of tradition.
Even if the Spirit respects its heritage, modernity invites itself. The multimedia system comes directly from BMW and is excellent. You get a lot of “wow” stuff. the starry sky in LED at night, the dashboard in front of the passenger also with a unique light, embossed Spirit of Ecstacy. Everywhere we look, we are amazed.
There is a lot of action going on in the background. After all, the Spirit, even in its standard wheel version, is still a limo. The back is loaded with options: climate-controlled seats ($1,992), refrigerator ($3,463), sinks ($10,773) and picnic tables ($5,499). So, the comfort is royal.
I love the pleasure that the V12 engine provides. It’s easy, fast, and this 6.75 liter is no exception. Add to that double turbocharging and you get one of the most sensitive mechanics out there. Its smoothness certainly doesn’t mean it’s powerless: 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque from 1,600 rpm. It’s instant with a touch of the accelerator. Marry it with an 8-speed manual transmission to perfection. There is no visible gear change. The addition of the first all-wheel drive in a Rolls-Royce sedan helps with torque distribution. By account, the loop from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.8 seconds. Not bad for a weight of 2,591 kg (5,700 pounds).
Allow me to be criticized. Rolls-Royce sits atop the automotive leadership. Can someone explain to me why we still get such conservative operation. There is no electricity. The V12 doesn’t offer anything more than an electric car can.
Rolls-Royce tells us the Ghost is a sedan to drive. I have doubts. With 100 kg of soundproofing, we find ourselves isolated from the outside and from the noise of the V12 (we want to hear it). Once again, we are in another world.
The steering provides great accuracy, but lacks sensitivity and communication. It should be noted that the contribution of 4 steering wheels allows us to steer the car with surprising acuity for a car of this size.
Summary of the show: its suspension. Obviously, it’s pneumatic, as far as the absorption of low frequency bumps (the big ones) is concerned. In this regard, they are helped by a camera that reads the road ahead and prepares shock absorbers for better compression. However, there were still high-frequency obstacles, small ones that cause vibrations in the chassis. Rolls-Royce has found a solution with an alignment system. Engineers have modified the upper suspension arms by adding (among other things) bushings that dampen vibrations less.
The result is amazing in terms of comfort, but the result is that we lose all thoughts of driving pleasure. No matter the speed or the presence of curves, it gives the feeling of floating on the road. Rolls-Royce doesn’t offer a companion like a game mode that can inspire the Holy Ghost.
You don’t have to be of this world to be charmed by 2021 Rolls Royce Ghost. Perfection touches almost every aspect. On the other hand, from my point of view, I found the driving to be so refined that I would really enjoy it. Does he get our recommendations? No, and for several reasons: the first year of the new generation model, the reputation of reliability and pharaonic maintenance costs. Beyond these considerations and from an environmental perspective, who needs a twin-turbo V12 to get around?