Second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost premieres in ASEAN
The words entry-level and Rolls-Royce sound like an oxymoron, but that's what Rolls-Royce describes their smaller luxury limousine, the Ghost. But just because it sits below Phanton, it doesn't mean that it's bare. If anything, it's far from barren in there.
Rolls-Royce recently held its regional debut in Thailand, meaning that it could come here sooner than later. Judging by the display unit over there, it's as loaded and opulent as you expect from one of England's premier luxury automakers.
Inside, the Ghost features an illuminated dashboard fascia, along with acres of wood, leather, and deep-pile carpeting. It also has something called the Starlight Ceiling and it packs over 150 LEDs studded on the headliner. The Ghost also has power-adjustable rear seats with massage function, privacy blinds, and power doors, just to name a few. And yes, Rolls-Royce still includes the sleek, black umbrella in every Ghost.
One wouldn't call the Ghost a small sedan. At 5,545 mm long, it's even longer than some pick-ups and SUVs. But if that's not imposing enough, there is even a long-wheelbase version that stretches it to 5,715 mm. Opt for the extended-wheelbase Ghost and it offers an extra 170 mm of interior space than the standard Ghost. Rolls-Royce even claims that it has more room than the standard-length Phantom.
As for design, you won't mistake it for anything else other than a Rolls-Royce. Like the much-larger Phantom, the Ghost has an upright waterfall grille, slim headlights, squared-off shoulders, and, of course, the Spirit of Ecstacy.
Under the hood is the same 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 from the Cullinan. It's good for 570 PS and 850 Nm torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Despite weighing well over 2,500 kilograms, the Ghost can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 4.6 seconds.
Because Rolls-Royce offers such a wide range of customization options for the Ghost, it's difficult to put a list price on it. However, the base price in Thailand might give you a clue to the SRP in the Philippines. Over there, it starts at THB 32.7 million for the standard-length model, while the base price of the extended version is at THB 36.8 million. At current conversion rates, that's PHP 51.1 million to PHP 57.5 million.