Understated New Design And V12 Power

If you ever see the redesigned 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost on the street, you’ll be forgiven if you mistake it for the outgoing model. As Rolls-Royce’s most successful product in history, the Ghost is crucial for the automaker, so the designers have only changed the formula slightly, although the only parts shared between the old and the new are the door umbrellas and the Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.

Engineers, however, had time to improve and update the entry-level Rolls-Royce. As such, the BMW-based bones of the outgoing Ghost are finished. While the previous model kept many of the strengths in common with the previous generation 7 Series sedan, the 2021 Ghost now relies on dedicated Rolls-Royce luxury architecture – a distinction shared with the Cullinan SUV and product Phantom lighthouse. For the record, the Ghost’s starting price of $ 332,500 suits its high-end partners, up $ 20,600 from the current sedan.

Front of the Rolls-Royce Ghost 2021
Rear of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Understated elegance

Continuing “Post Opulence,” minimalist vibes for the new Ghost, Rolls-Royce pursued a clean aesthetic throughout the car, and we think they largely succeeded. Gone are the wraparound radiator shell of the outgoing sedan, with the iconic Rolls-Royce grille shape relegated entirely to the nose of the car. This design choice also forced the company’s Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament to abandon its old post atop the chrome shell, and now it lives on the leading edge of the hood completely surrounded by sheet metal.

The rest of the 2021 Ghost’s styling is similar to the outgoing model, with a few key differences. The front is smoother, with a single-frame lower air intake that wraps around the edges and overlaps in small chrome strakes. Gone are the autonomous turn signals of the current Ghost, and the 2021 sedan stands out even more with raised headlights reminiscent of the Phantom.

The smaller, smoother contours of the grille are offset by a set of LED illuminators mounted behind the strakes, which shine and illuminate the grille from behind. In fact, Rolls felt the first iteration of this feature was too garish, so designers dulled the finish on the trailing edges of the vertical spars to give the reflected light a smoother, brighter quality.

The side profile of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost doesn’t change much. There is a “waterline” along the bottom of the car reminiscent of the boat design, but otherwise the Ghost doesn’t have too many friezes – we say that’s a good thing. Rolls-Royce says the front and rear windows are equally proportioned, which befits the entry-level sedan’s status as a driver’s car and chauffeured limousine. Of course, the thick C-pillar and privacy screen rear quarter glass clearly suggests the latter.

The sedan’s stern takes the lion’s share of styling changes, with a faster rear roofline, angular taillights, and a slightly rounded trunk lid reminiscent of both the Phantom sedan and the unique themed Swepttail coupe. nautical. Minor details like beveled window trim and revised wheel designs round out the exterior modifications of the new Ghost – overall the sedan looks clean and sleek, although some might wish for more Bentley visual drama. Flying Spur.

Interior of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Interior of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Interior of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

First class accommodation

The 2021 Ghost doesn’t share much with the outgoing sedan, and nowhere is that more evident than inside. The interior abandons the somewhat busy, boxy style of the old sedan for a more avant-garde and minimalist design than the current Phantom or Cullinan. While the dashboard still features prominent vertical elements on the extreme left and right sides, they are best integrated into the wider, flatter top of the dashboard.

The Phantom’s wing-shaped wood trim continues on the Ghost, although in the small sedan, the lower dashboard is less monolithic, giving it a more airy and sleek appearance. The center console is also better integrated on the Ghost – where the Phantom’s upright seating position and prominent center console armrests remind us of classic luxury sedans, the Ghost is much more modern and stylish. With 20 half-hides (does that equal 10 cattle in total?) Covering both visible and hidden interior parts, the Ghost should still be cushy enough.

The center console houses the latest iteration of the company’s infotainment controller (think BMW iDrive, but with Rolls-Royce graphics), and the Ghost gets fully digital gauges with a vintage, timeless design. The company hasn’t officially announced the size of the gauge display or infotainment screen, but they all appear large enough to be functional. Of course, Rolls never went overboard with electronic doodads, and even their old analog gauges took up a rather tight space in the dashboard. This is still true for their digital equivalents.

Interior of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Interior of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Chic toys

The only significant area where designers have given in to glitter is the dashboard facade. When the car is off, the panel looks like a large piece of shiny black trim, underpinned by a single plank piece of wood. But the starter motor and black panel light up with a lightly lit “Ghost” wordmark surrounded by over 850 individual “stars”. Rolls-Royce says the panel is intended to enhance and recall the company’s existing Starlight pavilion.

In keeping with the company’s insistence on over-engineering, the illuminated dashboard facade isn’t just a screen hidden behind a translucent panel. Instead, the pinpricks and lettering are etched into a piano black substrate, overlaid with a dark tinted lacquer that hides the lighting when not in use. The piano black panel is topped with a layer of lightly tinted lacquer which is polished to a uniform 0.5mm surface with a gloss finish.

Interior of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Another trinket to note: While the Rolls-Royces of the recent past offered power-closing doors, the 2021 Ghost now also receives power-opening doors. The occupant pulls the interior door handle once to activate the system, then pulls and holds the handle until the door is opened satisfactorily. While this mechanized doorman is undoubtedly cool, we wonder how long it will be before an inattentive occupant accidentally opens the door of a car parked nearby, not realizing that the electric mechanism is working until it does. either too late.

Front of the Rolls-Royce Ghost 2021

Unleashed Engineering

If the interior and exterior seem understated, the Ghost could just as easily be an iconoclast, mechanically speaking. Still powered by a V12, the 2021 Ghost gets a 6.8-liter unit developing 563 horsepower (420 kilowatts) and 627 pound-feet (850 newton-meters). As such, the new V12 is a bit more powerful and much more powerful than the outgoing 6.6-liter unit, and it bumps the 5,628-pound sedan to 60 miles per hour in just 4.5 seconds.

All that power produces a prodigious thirst for fuel, as one would expect. The company plans to achieve 12 miles per gallon city, 19 freeways and 14 combined in EPA tests. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive modernize the smaller (but still large) Rolls-Royce.

Perhaps more importantly, the 2021 Ghost migrates from a chassis shared with the previous generation BMW 7 Series to the company’s proprietary architecture. Along with this important change, which should give the Ghost a sense of high-end occasion, the sedan’s suspension is also revitalized with an unusual shock absorber on the front upper triangle. This innovative technology to the world offers even greater suspension control, allowing engineers to fine-tune the ride for more comfort without sacrificing stability.

The upper wishbone shock absorber, which does not spread to other vehicles in the BMW Group at the moment, joins a self-leveling high-volume air suspension frame and electronically controlled shock absorbers at all four corners. The suspension takes control of a Flagbearer road preview system that reads the road surface via a stereo camera and actively softens or firms individual wheels, as needed, to prevent unwanted body movement or heavy impact . A five-link steerable rear axle and GPS-assisted transmission controls further enhance ride comfort and responsiveness.

Front of the Rolls-Royce Ghost 2021
Details of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
Interior of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Entry-level oligarchy

Even at the lowest price for rolls of $ 332,500, the Ghost is still an item for the super-rich and the super-rich alone, even surpassing the aforementioned Bentley Flying Spur by over $ 100,000.

And we have to admit that at this price, it’s hard to imagine the type of customer who would go for the Ghost over the bigger, more imposing Cullinan, which has a base price of just $ 250 more. . The Cullinan is also shorter, but has more interior and cargo space. And if Rolls-Royce’s estimated fuel economy for the Ghost is right, the Cullinan will be even more efficient (if only fair), at 12 cities, 20 highways, and 14 mpg combined.

Of course, there are those for whom an SUV will never be as graceful and stylish as a luxury sedan (even if it is an SUV as decadent and delightful as the Cullinan), and for them it there is the Ghost. Its formal and understated style is more attractive than the Cullinan or the Phantom, at least in the eyes of this author. And an array of surprise and fun features should make the people who sign on the dotted line – and the people who drive the signers – very happy.

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