2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Revealed With Stellar Rear Legroom
ROLLS-ROYCE REVEALS A NEW EXTENDED GHOST
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announces the new Ghost Extended, offering the indulgence of improved rear seat space without compromising on Ghost’s driving dynamics.
Largest rear legroom in a four-seater sedan except the Phantom Extended
170mm longer than Ghost, offering more room and legroom for rear seat occupants
Provides improved rear comfort without compromising on driving dynamics
Presents its own identity in the post-opulent minimalist design philosophy
New Ghost is the result of extensive dialogue with Rolls-Royce’s diverse and global customer base. Many of them have asked the brand to create a motor car that offers the indulgence of improved rear space in the interior suite without compromising on driving dynamics. Ghost Extended responds to this customer demand by creating a product that increases both their business demands and their lifestyle. “
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Managing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announces the new Ghost Extended, offering the indulgence of improved rear seat space without compromising on Ghost’s driving dynamics. Ghost Extended is the product of an extensive consultation process with a new generation of Rolls-Royce customers. This group of global and very dynamic entrepreneurs has expressed the desire for a business tool with driver for the week that can be transformed into a calmly comfortable and dynamic autonomous sedan on weekends. Ghost Extended is the answer. The first deliveries to customers will be made in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Ghost Extended offers 170mm more space than Ghost, offering more rear legroom than any four-seater sedan except a Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended. Customer focus informed every step of the development process. A key learning was that Ghost Extended customers didn’t want any compromise on Ghost’s clean, minimalist design. The brand’s designers worked to hide the extra length by extending only the rear door and bodywork around the rear door openings, preserving the lines of the car.
Serenity rear suite
A series of improvements to the rear of the cabin reflect the flexibility of the Ghost Extended. For the first time, a reclining Serenity seat can be selected, offering a new dimension of rear seat comfort similar to a business jet cabin environment.
The aft cabin also provides the perfect environment for moving from business to leisure. To improve this, a champagne refrigerator is provided between the rear seats and has been developed with particular attention to the needs of the Rolls-Royce customer. To achieve this, the brand’s engineers consulted a master sommelier. They learned that the optimum serving temperature for non-vintage Champagne is around six degrees centigrade and that vintage champagnes are around 11 degrees centigrade. For this purpose, the refrigerator uses two cooling modes, cooling to six degrees and 11 degrees.
Obtrusion Free Technology
Ghost is the most technologically advanced Rolls-Royce ever. For Ghost Extended entrepreneurial customers, access to WiFi and state-of-the-art infotainment systems is essential for daytime use. However, the technological functions have been carefully deployed to reflect customer demand for a serene environment free from unnecessary distractions.
The commitment to providing clean, detoxifying space extends to the air inside the cabin. To achieve this, Ghost is equipped with a new Micro-Environment Purification System (MEPS). This technology improves existing air filtration systems through software and hardware. Highly sensitive impurity detection sensors detect the ambient air quality, automatically activating the fresh air inlets in recirculation mode. If unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are detected, the air passes through a nanopolar filter which is capable of removing nearly all ultrafine particles in the cabin in less than two minutes.
A suite of technologies enhance the urban and rural driving experience. This includes laser headlights with over 600m of illuminated range and key safety enhancements including visual assistance with day and night warning for wildlife and pedestrians; vigilance assistant; a four-camera system with panoramic view, panoramic visibility and helicopter view; active cruise control; collision warning; cross traffic warning; lane departure and lane change warning. A state-of-the-art 7×3 high-definition head-high display and self-parking guarantee absolute effortlessness whatever the driving conditions.
All-aluminum spaceframe and new V12 engine
Ghost Extended is built on the architecture of luxury, the exclusive Rolls-Royce all-aluminum spatial frame that underpins every new Rolls-Royce model. The trademark Magic Carpet Ride is delivered by a new planar suspension system, the result of more than 10 years of exhaustive testing and refinement by specialist engineers. Features continuously variable electronically adjustable shocks, self-leveling large-volume strut assemblies, and upper wishbone top shock absorber; this technology has never been applied before to a production car. Ghost Extended also benefits for the first time from all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering.
Power is provided by a 6.75-liter twin-turbocharged engine developed exclusively for Ghost. It produces 571PS and 850Nm of torque. The requirement for silence on the move is met thanks to 100 kg of acoustic damping materials integrated into the chassis, bodywork and tires, offering exhilarating performance without disturbing the interior serenity.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Simplicity through complexity
The pursuit of design simplicity requires very complex engineering and craft techniques. For example, sophisticated body shapes are only achievable through advanced generative design and 3D printing. This is the first time that this technology has been incorporated into a component production facility and combined with the craftsmanship and engineering skills of Rolls-Royce.
For Ghost Extended, beam fused metal components are welded to the body in white, while parts made by multi-jet fusion and selective laser sintering are individually assembled at the house of Rolls-Royce.
More traditional craftsmanship takes on a contemporary expression with the introduction of two new wood finishes, developed especially for Ghost. Obsidian Ayous takes inspiration from the rich color palette of igneous rocks, while Dark Amber has veins of fine aluminum particles running through the wood. Both are available in an open pore finish, allowing the tactility of the material to be fully expressed.