Rolls-Royce Ghost at the Frankfurt motor show image

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new production model, Ghost, at the Frankfurt motor show on 15 September 2009.

Ghost’s flowing lines are dominated by its majestic ‘Yacht Line’ styling. Large, uninterrupted surfaces flow between finely sculpted horizontal lines that provide definition. Together, the upward-sweeping sill line and low-cut roof create a powerful profile, almost as though the cabin has been pushed toward the rear. Powerful shoulders and flanks draw in sharply as they flow from the rear wings to the tail lights, while touches such as the optional chromed exhausts hint at Ghost’s more dynamic nature.

Inside Ghost, the interior design team has come up with a contemporary ambience while staying true to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ traditions of fine materials and peerless comfort. There are elegant, frosted lamps and chrome door handles, traditional violin key switches and eyeball air vents, frosted white dials and refined instrumentation. Deep-pile carpets can be complemented by optional lambswool floor mats for a truly luxurious feel. Ghost is entered through substantial doors. Housed within the front doors are integrated Teflon-coated umbrellas. The rear doors are traditional, rear-hinged coach doors, opening to a generous 83 degrees. Once the passenger is inside, these doors can be closed at the touch of a button. The interior space is filled with natural light, enhanced by the optional Panorama Sunroof, which extends from the front into the rear compartment. Four-zone automatic air conditioning can be individually tailored to each passenger’s requirements, with separate controls for front and rear. Automatic air recirculation, condensation prevention and solar compensation are delivered through classic chromed eyeball vents controlled via organ-stop plungers.

Within Ghost’s ample doors and high shoulder line, occupants feel serene, cosseted and safe. In the rear, the intimate ambience of the lounge seat is emphasised by its position behind the C-pillar, heightening the sense of privacy. The informal seating creates a convivial environment, its slight curve allowing you to turn more easily towards the person next to you. Its elevated position gives a clear view past the electronically retracting Spirit of Ecstasy to the road ahead.

Individual lounge seating is offered as an alternative to the standard lounge configuration. This allows the addition of a massage function and also perforated leather for a cooling stream of air from the seat surface. Auxiliary rear climate control allows the passenger to regulate the temperature of the air on their side of the car, without intrusion on the other. A cool box with interior illumination and integrated champagne glasses is also available.

Veneered picnic tables are another option, incorporating the finest leather and veneers matched to the rest of Ghost’s interior. Fitted to the rear of each front seat, these tables are a traditional Rolls-Royce design cue and finished with a veneered surface with leather-covered backs.

Enhancing the Ghost ambience is an audio system delivering an exquisite experience. 600 Watts of sound are delivered through a 10-channel amplifier and 16 speakers, including two floor-mounted subwoofers. USB and auxiliary inputs allow for the integration of external audio devices and a 12.5 GB hard drive enables storage of music files from USB or CD player sources.

Available as an option with both seating arrangements is Theatre Configuration, which allows all settings that do not directly affect the driver to be controlled from the rear seat. The functions are displayed on two 9.2in LCD screens in the back of the front seats; these can be angled to suit the viewers by a central, armrest-mounted, rotary controller. The screens can be regulated independently of each other and the entertainment can also be listened to individually with most headphones. A six-disc multi-media changer, mounted in the glove compartment, is fitted as part of this option.

Chassis and power

Ghost is built around a steel monocoque body, which means there is no separation of chassis and body. The advantage of this construction is a reduction in exterior dimensions while preserving interior space. Consequently while Ghost is 400mm shorter overall than the Phantom saloon its interior space is comparable.

The body has been engineered with a double front bulkhead to help insulate the interior from engine noise. It is constructed from steel sections and then wrapped in steel panels, which are brazed by hand. This allows a near-seamless join, which is then sanded by hand until it is perfect. In total, Ghost’s frame contains 4.9m of seam weld and braze and 6,988 spot-welds. The bonnet and windscreen surround are then honed from aluminium.

The new air suspension system in Ghost is so sensitive that it can detect even the smallest of changes. For example, it will sense the movement of a single rear passenger from one side of the seat to the other and compensate accordingly. A complex computer system reads multiple inputs from sensors around the car; the dampers alone make individual load calculations every 2.5 milliseconds. This ensures not only perfect comfort but also precise steering and dynamics for the driver. The air suspension system also incorporates a lift and kneel function, raising or lowering Ghost by 25mm.

Ghost also has a series of complex electronic aids to keep it composed on virtually any surface. These include Anti-Roll Stabilisation, Dynamic Brake Control and Dynamic Stability Control, including Dynamic Traction Control and Cornering Brake Control. These individual technologies work together under dual Integrated Chassis Management systems, meaning that even when subjected to a vigorous test Ghost remains perfectly poised. Its handling and safety systems operate as one, imperceptibly to the driver and passengers, to maintain optimum contact with the road in any condition.

Ghost is powered by a brand new, 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 engine, unique to the model. Featuring direct injection, it produces 563bhp – enough to propel Ghost from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds* and on to an electronically governed top speed of 155mph. With 780 Nm of torque available at just 1,500rpm, delivery of power is immediate and extremely smooth.

Power is transmitted through an eight-speed, shift-by-wire, automatic ZF gearbox. What this achieves is a feeling of endless, surging power, which is illustrated by the power reserve gauge on the fascia, replacing the more common rev counter. The new powertrain delivers this performance while emitting just 317g/km of CO2. Fuel consumption is 20.8 mpg / 13.6 l/100km.*

Safety remains paramount and the very latest technologies are used in Ghost. Side-impact beams in the front and rear doors combine with progressive rear crumple zones to absorb impacts. The Advanced Crash and Safety Management (ACSM) system takes measurements 2,000 times per second from sensors located around the vehicle. The ACSM uses this information – in conjunction with the engine and chassis management systems – to judge which safety features to deploy in which areas in the event of an accident. If necessary, ACSM will activate – among other things – seatbelt pre-tensioners and all encompassing airbags surrounding the cabin, creating a safe zone for all occupants.

Rolls-Royce has a reputation for producing cars that transcend the mere automotive. There is a magic attached to the name, which stems in part from exquisite attention to detail and the fine materials used throughout.

Passing through 60 pairs of hands, the production process involves more than 2,000 individual operations and takes at least 20 days to complete.

“We don’t just paint our cars, we strive to create an incredibly deep, flawless shine.”
Lisa Taylor, Paint Associate

Ghost shares the same paint shop as Phantom and spends seven days being painted and polished to perfection. Five stages are required for the Ghost body. First a phosphate electro-coat is applied to protect against corrosion, then a layer of primer, a colour coat and finally two coats of clear lacquer. The body is hand-sanded between each layer and once the final coat is applied it is hand-polished for five hours.

Ghost is available in 12 exterior colours, each of which can be contrasted by the optional Silver Satin bonnet.

1. Colour and trim:

Exterior colours                         Adriatic Blue
Darkest Tungsten
Dark Indigo
Diamond Black
English White
Ensign Red
Jubilee Silver
Lunar Blue
Metropolitan Blue
New Sable
Sea Green

Leather colours                          Black
Consort Red
Crème light
Dark Spice
Fleet Blue
Pine Green

Veneers                                    Elm Cluster
Dark Wenge
Piano Black
Walnut Burr

2. Technical Specification – UK and Rest of World, excluding North America

Number of doors / seats - 4 / 5
Vehicle length (unladen) mm 5399
Vehicle width (unladen) mm 1948
Vehicle height (unladen) mm 1550
Wheelbase mm 3295
Turning circle m 13.4
Overhang front mm 867.5
Overhang rear mm 1236.5
Track width front mm 1622
Track width rear mm 1660
Shoulder room front mm 1510
Shoulder room rear mm 1418
Elbow room front mm 1540
Elbow room rear mm 1448
Max headroom front mm 1030
Max headroom rear mm 990
Effective headroom front with sunroof mm 995
Effective headroom rear with sunroof mm 975
Ground clearance (unladen) mm 150
Width including mirrors mm 2108
Luggage compartment capacity (ISO3832) ltr 490
Fuel tank capacity ltr 82.5
Unladen weight (DIN / (EU) kg 2360 / 2435
Axle load ratio, rear (unladen) % 48.2
Gross axle weight /max payload kg 2940 / 580
Axle payload limit front / rear kg 1445 / 1575
Engine type / Cylinders / valves - V / 12 / 48
Fuel management - Direct injection
Engine injector set-up / Aspiration DI(VVT)/ twin turbo
Displacement cm3 6592
Stroke / Bore mm 88.3 / 89.0
Power output @ engine speed bhp / kW (PS)/min-1 563 / 420 (570) / 5250
Max torque @ engine speed lb/ft / Nm/min-1 575 / 780 / 1500
Compression ratio / fuel type - 10.0 / Super unleaded*
Transmission type - 8 speed automatic
Transmission ratios 1st/2nd/3rd/4th - 4.717 / 3.143 / 2.106 / 1.667
Transmission ratios 5th/6th/7th/8th - 1.285 / 1.000 / 0.839 / 0.667
Transmission ratio reverse gear - 3.317
Final drive ratio - 2.813
Steering / Total - Hydraulic rack and pinion 19.9
Steering wheel revolutions lock to lock 3.1
Brakes front /diameter x thickness - / mm Ventilated discs / 410×36
Brakes rear /diameter x thickness - / mm Ventilated discs / 402×30
Drag co-efficient cd / A / cd x A - / m2 / m2 0.33 / 2.60 / 0.863
Top speed mph / km/h 155 / 250
Acceleration 0-60 mph / 0-100km/h s 4.7 / 4.9
1km from standing start s 23.1
Power to weight (DIN-Unladen weight) kg/kW 5.6
Power per litre kW/ltr 63.7
Consumption urban (EU) ltr/100km 20.5
Consumption extra urban ltr/100km 9.6
Combined consumption / range mpg (imp. gal.)/ ltr/100km 20.8  / 13.6
Range m / km 376 / 605
CO2 Emissions (combined) g/Km 317
Exhaust emissions standard EU5
Front tyres - 255/50 R19 103Y
255/45 R20 101Y
Rear tyres - 255/50 R19 103Y
285/40 R20 104Y
Front wheels - 8.5J x 19 EH2
8.5Jx20 EH2
Rear wheels - 8.5J x 19 EH2
9.5Jx20 EH2
Wheel inset (difference between mounting face and centre of tyre section) mm 25
Capacity of radiator incl. heating / motor oil ltr 17.2 / 10.5
Transmission oil / final drive fluid ltr Lifetime filling
Battery capacity / location Ah / - 90 (AGM) / Luggage compartment
Alternator output rating A / W 210 / 2900

*The engine is designed for Octane 95 fuel

2. Technical Specification – North America

No. of doors / seats - 4 / 5
Vehicle length mm / inch 5399 / 212.6
Vehicle width mm / inch 1948 / 76.7
Vehicle height, unloaded mm / inch 1550 / 61.0
Wheelbase mm / inch 3295 / 129.7
Turning circle m / ft 13.4 / 44.0
Track width front mm / inch 1622 / 63.9
Track width rear mm / inch 1660 / 65.4
Width at shoulder height, front mm / inch 1510 / 59.4
Width at shoulder height, rear mm / inch 1418 / 55.8
Effective leg room, front mm / inch 1060 / 41.7
Effective leg room, rear mm / inch 1075 / 42.3
Effective head room, front mm / inch 1030 / 40.6
Effective head room, rear mm / inch 990 / 39.0
Trunk volume ltr / ft3 490 / 17.3
Trunk volume acc. SAE J1100 method ft3 14
Approx. tank capacity ltr / gal 82.5 / 21.8
Curb weight kg / lbs 2470 / 5445
Axle load ratio, rear (unladen) % 48.6
Gross vehicle weight kg / lbs 2940 / 6482
Payload kg / lbs 460 / 1014
Axle load limit, front kg / lbs 1445 / 3175
Axle load limit, rear kg / lbs 1575 / 3472
Engine / No. of cylinders / valves p. cyl. - V / 12 / 4
Fuel management - Direct injection
Engine injector set-up / Aspiration DI(VVT)/ twin turbo
Displacement, acc. to ECE Reg. cm3 / inch3 6592 / 402.3
Stroke mm / inch 88.3 / 3.48
Bore mm / inch 89.0 / 3.50
Nom. power output / Eng. speed SAE hp / min-1 563 (420) / 5250
Max. torque / Engine speed ft lbs / min-1 575 / 1500
Compression ratio / Fuel type - 10.0 / Premium unleaded
Transmission type - 8-speed automatic
Gear ratio   1st / 2nd / 3rd - 4.717 / 3.143 / 2.106 / 1.667
Gear ratio   4th / 5th / 6th - 1.285 / 1.000 / 0.839 / 0.667
Reverse gear ratio - 3.317
Final drive ratio - 2.81
Steering type - Rack and Pinion / 19.9
Brake front / diameter - / mm / inch Ventilated disc / 410 / 16.1
Brake rear / diameter - / mm / inch Ventilated disc / 402 / 15.8
Drag  cd - 0.33
Drag  cd x A m2 / ft2 0.863 / 9.3
Top speed km/h / mph 250 / 155
Acceleration 0-60mph s 4.8
Acceleration 0 – 1/4 mile s 13.2
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (Canada) s 5.0
Fuel consumption city ltr/100km / mpg TBC
Fuel consumption highway ltr/100km / mpg TBC
Fuel consumption combined ltr/100km / mpg TBC
Approx. range km / miles TBC
acc. EPA (fuel economy guide) city/highway/comb. TBC
Front tyres - 255/50 R19 103Y
255/45 R20 101Y
Rear tyres - 255/50 R19 103Y
285/40 R20 104Y
Front wheels - 8.5J x 19 EH2
8.5Jx20 EH2
Rear wheels - 8.5J x 19 EH2
9.5Jx20 EH2
Radiator incl. heater / Engine oil ltr / quarts 17.2/18.2 / 10.5/11.1
Transmission fluid  / Final drive fluid ltr / quarts Life-time
Battery capacity / installed position Ah / - 90 (AGM)  / luggage compartment
Alternator output rating A / W 210 / 2900