Reviews the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Your butler, Aloysius, may be seriously unimpressed when you bring home the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost, with its MSRP of just $245,000. senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder is here to reassure him, though. Rolls-Royce’s “downmarket” sedan still has all the refinement, luxury and driving prowess of a Rolls and doesn’t even come close to dipping into the shantytown, Hoover flags territory of a BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Read Wiesenfelder’s full review to learn more about the slightly less outlandish Ghost.

2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost Review

By Stephen Markley | June 14, 2010 | Comments (0) Podcast: Spring Road Rally and a 2011 Buick Regal

This week, we talk about a bunch of cars the staff got to flog at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. These include everything from the affordable-for-all Ford Fiesta, the affordable-for-some Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet, and the affordable-for-Jay Leno Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Editors Joe Wiesenfelder, David Thomas and Mike Hanley get the podcast rolling, discussing the all-new Buick Regal.

You can download Podcast #55 via iTunes here or download the MP3.
By David Thomas | June 2, 2010 | Comments (0)

2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost Video reviewer Kelsey Mays is happy to tell you that the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost is the smallest, least expensive Rolls-Royce yet. Check out the video where Mays takes you on a tour of this lush, hyper-expensive car with a monstrous V-12 engine. Just so you won’t be let down, when he says “least expensive Rolls-Royce so far,” he means “better have $250,000 handy.”


By Stephen Markley | December 7, 2009 | Comments (0)

2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost: Up Close

Rolls-Royce says the leather in the Ghost comes from bulls raised in fields free of barbed wire. The sections of wood in each interior come from the same tree to maintain better color consistency as the veneers age. The Ghost is some 213 inches long — a foot longer than most minivans — and this is the company's smallest car. There could easily be more cowhide on the ceiling and window pillars than many cars have on their seats.

I consider myself fairly jaded. But if a mortgage lender ever offered me a 30-year term on a $245,000 Ghost — well, I’d better not have had a few drinks in me at the time. The Ghost is eminently desirable. It’s more seductive than the stately Phantom and less expensive than the rest of Rolls’ clan. (That’s all relative, of course. A glass of Macallan 25, a single malt Scotch whisky, is technically cheaper than a Macallan 30.)

There are a handful of influences from Rolls-Royce's owner, BMW. The knobbed controller, complete with shortcut buttons, operates much like iDrive; the center controls look a bit like those in the 7 Series. On the whole, BMW’s fingerprints are scant. This is something different. The seats are plush; the dashboard looks imposing. The backseat sits in a recessed cocoon.

From the well-portioned hood to the massive suicide doors, the car’s styling is striking. Rolls-Royce’s Phantom sedan and Phantom Drophead convertible command respect, but I find neither one alluring. The Ghost — bloody hell — it is.

It’s a shame I already have a mortgage.
By Kelsey Mays | December 4, 2009 | Comments (0)

Rolls-Royce Ghost at the Frankfurt Motor Show


  • Competes with: 2500sf 4BR/2.5BA … OK, a Maybach 57
  • Looks like: A smaller Phantom sedan, which isn’t a bad thing
  • Drivetrain: 563-hp, 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12 with eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Hits dealerships: Likely sometime in early 2010

Those who follow the ultra-luxury segment — both fanboys and the people who can actually afford these things — will recall Rolls-Royce’s 200EX concept, which was unveiled at last spring’s Geneva Motor Show. The Ghost is the production version, and it looks much like the 200EX. A smaller, less expensive sibling to the RR’s flagship Phantom, the Ghost should appeal to “customers who have never had a Rolls-Royce before,” Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves told Bloomberg News at this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

Of course, less expensive is a relative term. With a reported starting price around $338,000, it’s a wee bit pricier — a mere $160,000 — than Bentley’s least expensive sedan, the Continental Flying Spur.  But the Rolls is no Continental lookalike. It looks more like cars of the steel-girded, half-a-million-greenbacks ilk, complete with an imposing upright grille, suicide rear doors and a power-retracting Spirit of Ecstasy statuette.

The Ghost is smaller, to be sure — some 16 inches shorter than a Phantom sedan — but it should prove to be a sizable presence in any driveway. At 5,445 pounds, it packs nearly 1,000 pounds of additional heft versus a Mercedes S600. That won’t weigh it down, though. Thanks to a 563-horsepower, twin-turbo V-12 and an eight-speed automatic, Rolls-Royce says the Ghost scoots to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Inside, the five-seat cabin has a number of influences from Rolls-Royce owner BMW. There’s an iDrive-like controller for the center-dash display, though thankfully, it appears to have the functionality and shortcut keys from the Bavarian’s latest-generation iDrive, which beats iDrive 1.0 like “Top Chef” beats “Iron Chef.” (Oh boy, here come the emails.) As you might expect, wood and leather abound, with cowhides cut from bulls that roamed in barbed-wire-free fields. There are plenty of technological amenities, too:  Front, side and rear cameras provide fish-eye views around the entire car, active cruise control can bring the Ghost to a full stop in traffic and rear passengers can enjoy their own multimedia system displays.

There’s no word on when the Ghost will materialize at U.S. dealerships — a Rolls-Royce representative has yet to return our calls — but we’d expect it to arrive sometime early next year. Stay tuned for more details, and check out the photos below.

By Kelsey Mays | September 16, 2009 | Comments (6)

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