In the last decade, Rolls-Royce has embarked on a very significant expansion of their model range, adding new models like the Wraith, the open-top Dawn, as well as the Cullinan SUV.
Now they've got something else: the all-new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost. It succeeds the model that they have been producing for the last 11 years, and slots in as the "entry-level" model... if we can ever call any vehicle with the Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood that.
Surprisingly, the all-new 2021 Ghost doesn't look all-new; actually it looks just like the old one mixed with styling cues of the Phantom. The similarities between the new Ghost and its predecessor are quite clear. From afar, it would be hard to tell the two apart. Noticeably, the 2021 Ghost looks more like the current Phantom VIII minus the big bold grille.
Rolls-Royce describes the design of the new sedan as “post-opulence”, which “reflects an evolved appreciation of luxury, one defined by minimalism and purity”. We’re not too sure how LED lights illuminating the Pantheon grille is minimalist but we’re not complaining.
Despite the similarities, Rolls-Royce claims that almost everything beneath the surface is new. The only components carried over from the outgoing model is the Spirit of Ecstasy badge and hidden umbrellas in the doors.
Underneath, the 2021 Ghost rides on the marque’s Architecture of Luxury platform, which is also used by the Phantom and the Cullinan. As a result, the entry-level Rolls-Royce is longer and wider than its predecessor. Interestingly, the automaker claims the platform also made the ride more refined. Meanwhile, a new “Planar” suspension system further improves comfort in the cabin and dynamic handling, which Rolls-Royce claims will further improve "waftability".
The new Ghost uses the same 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 as the Cullinan; the outgoing Ghost used a 6.6-liter engine. The engine makes 570 PS and 850 Nm torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Yes, this is the first Rolls-Royce sedan to feature all-wheel-drive. Despite the heavy vehicle, it can still sprint from 0 to 97 km/h in 4.6 seconds and have an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Swing open the rear coach doors and the interior will still be as plush as ever. Customers can still choose from nearly infinite interior finishes to line their vehicle – from the leather, wood, and various trim pieces. Front passengers do get an extra treat with the Ghost nameplate on the dashboard surrounded by “more than 850 stars” made from 152 LEDs. Yes, the starlight headliner still comes standard.
For those wondering about the price, we can't give local prices just yet. Over in the US, the 2021 Ghost starts at USD 332,500 (Php 16.2 million). Local prices will be very different though once the Philippine dealer of Rolls-Royce imports the vehicle though.
So if you happen to be looking for a Rolls-Royce that won't break the (Swiss) bank, maybe check out the Ghost.