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Spy shots: 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost in white


First sales are scheduled to start early next year

First sales are scheduled to start early next year

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Rolls-Royce is currently developing a brand new model positioned below the Phantom for launch in early 2010, with the new car expected to double the number of vehicles built by the ultra-luxury automaker each year. The car will be called the Ghost and these latest spy shots confirm that it will be heavily influenced by the 2009 Rolls-Royce EX200 concept car.

The Ghost essentially resembles a vehicle with modern Rolls-Royce lines in a slightly smaller package than the current Phantom. Design elements such as the elevated prow, long bonnet, short front overhang, sharply raked A-pillar and elegant tail should give it an air of informal presence, while also allowing for a sportier appearance.

It will come with a 6.6L turbocharged V12 engine matched to a ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic gearbox. Power at the crankshaft will top 500hp (373kW), which makes it more powerful than the Phantom despite being positioned below it.

In keeping with this positioning, the Ghost will be smaller all around. While the Phantom's dimensions stretch to around 5,834 mm, the Ghost will measure in at 5,399mm in length, 1,948mm across, and stand 1,550mm in height. Its wheelbase will stretch 3,295mm and inside there will be generous seating for five adults.

Rolls-Royce has also revealed that the car will make use of the very latest developments in chassis engineering, including a new four corner air suspension system matched to multi-link aluminum front and rear axle geometry. A new chassis management system will also be fitted and is designed to control the car’s anti-roll stabilization and the suspension stiffness to ensure the best possible comfort for occupants.

The new air suspension system is so sensitive that it can detect even the smallest of changes. For example, the movement of a single rear passenger from one side of the seat to the other can be detected and system modified to compensate. The on-board computer system reads multiple inputs from sensors around the car - the dampers alone making individual load calculations every 2.5 milliseconds. The air suspension system also incorporates a lift and kneel function, raising or lowering the car by 25mm for those steep driveways.

All this technology will come at a cost but the Ghost is still expected to significantly undercut the Phantom in price. While the Phantom starts at around $425,700, the Ghost is expected to compete with marques such as BMW and Mercedes, as well as traditional rival Bentley's Continental range, which means pricing could fall somewhere in the $200,000 to $300,000 range.

Production will start at the company’s Goodwood manufacturing facility on the south coast of England later in the year.
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  1. If you want a smaller and sportier Rolls, buy the Phantom Coupe. Why aren't they charging less for the RR4 to give buyers a reason to buy it?
     
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  2. I'd like to hear more about BMW's "experience" in hybrid tech when they are only developing it for the X6 and the X5
     
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  3. they are charging less for this model. its like the continental gt of rr
     
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  4. They need the money, people who can't quite afford the phantom will go and by the continental Flying spur, so why not give the flying spur a little competition?
     
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  5. They need the money, people who can't quite afford the phantom will go and by the continental Flying spur, so why not give the flying spur a little competition?

    That is an excellent point
     
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  6. The ultimate snob mobile, Nothing says (im better then you) then a nice brand new Rolls in this economy.
     
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  7. I would say it's a little bit better looking of a car than the Phantom. It's kind of like Lamborghini with the Murcielago and the Gallardo. They weren't sure if the V10 and semi-toned down car would sell. Not every uberrich person needs a huge estate vehicle I guess.
     
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  8. They need the money, people who can't quite afford the phantom will go and by the continental Flying spur, so why not give the flying spur a little competition?

    That is an excellent point

    it is a good point except that the Flying spur looks like a dog of a car and resmbles a rover 75, and not the prestige model it is supposed to represent !
     
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  9. They need the money, people who can't quite afford the phantom will go and by the continental Flying spur, so why not give the flying spur a little competition?

    That is an excellent point

    it is a good point except that the Flying spur looks like a dog of a car and resmbles a rover 75, and not the prestige model it is supposed to represent !
    haha im with wizardlore... but the people who buy acrs liek that are usually pretty damn boring and ugly, they may see them selves in the flying spur just like people see themselves in the dogs they buy......
     
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  10. IMO, the Phantom is a car you don't buy to drive yourself. It looks very silly everytime I see one and there is just the sole driver on board.

    This new Ghost is designed for those who don't want to go all out and hire a driver but still want to own a Rolls Royce.
     
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  11. They need the money, people who can't quite afford the phantom will go and by the continental Flying spur, so why not give the flying spur a little competition?

    That is an excellent point

    it is a good point except that the Flying spur looks like a dog of a car and resmbles a rover 75, and not the prestige model it is supposed to represent !
    haha im with wizardlore... but the people who buy acrs liek that are usually pretty damn boring and ugly, they may see them selves in the flying spur just like people see themselves in the dogs they buy......

    Rappers buy Bentleys they are not boring
     
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  12. MW Steam Turbines [ http://mw-steamturbines.com ] comes from a Rolls Royce lineage, and the power and quality is definitely inherent in the dna of the product.
    Love the look of it, esp. the grid.
     
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