£205,083 - £258,549 Price range
The Rolls-Royce Ghost gets some outstanding reviews. Little brother to the Phantom, it maintains the same levels of quality and class, but is less expensive, and even pretty good to drive – though naturally, you’ll have someone to do that for you.
We could almost cover this section by asking you to find a comfortable sofa, close your eyes and imagine the most comfortable, well-built and high-quality environment you can, as that’s what the Ghost seemingly offers. Build is described as “beyond reproach” and the driving environment a “stunning blend of classic and modern”. The rear doors are rear-hinged to improve access, switchgear is entirely unique (no BMW bits here) and wherever you look and touch, the finest materials are used.
The gargantuan Rolls-Royce Phantom is impressive considering its size, but the Ghost is also impressive full stop. Testers are amazed by how nimble the Ghost feels, and thanks to its smaller stature than the Phantom, it’s less unwieldy on narrower roads. Grip levels are huge, the active dampers ensure cornering is composed, and the brakes are more than up to the task of bringing 2.4 tonnes of metal, wood and leather to a halt. The only real complaints are of the quality of the ride at low speeds.
There’s only one engine in the Ghost, but there only really needs to be one. In the past, Rolls-Royce described their cars’ performance as “adequate”, and with a 6.6-litre, twin-turbo V12, we’d extend that understatement to “more than adequate”. In reality, there’s enough shove to shame sports cars. 60mph arrives in 4.7 seconds, but if that sort of thing sounds uncouth then you can simply revel in the huge torque that allows your driver to potter around in utter silence at virtually any speed.
Offering virtually everything that the larger Phantom does but for £80,000 less could be considered a bargain by some, but at £200,000 it’s all relative. Still, the Ghost is cheaper than its closest rival too, the Bentley Mulsanne, while producing more power and using twenty percent less fuel. Even the proletariat can appreciate that sort of thing. As far as equipment goes, if you don’t need it, it hasn’t got it. If you do, it’s already there.
If the regular Ghost just isn’t large enough for you, but the Phantom a little bit too big, then Sir might consider the EWB, or extended wheelbase version. This offers more space in the back in which to count your money.
The best option available is the starlight headliner, which is much more tasteful than it sounds.
General consensus from the press is that you’re unlikely to be disappointed in the Ghost, as it’s an incredible device in virtually every area. You might feel a twinge of jealousy if you ever pull alongside the larger Phantom, but don’t worry too much, as the Ghost is its equal in every area but sheer size.