Top Gear’s Season 16 Episode 3 is now available. On this episode: The team is in Albania with tree of the best limousines – the Rolls-Royce Ghost, Bentley Mulsanne and Mercedes S65 AMG.
Also, Jeremy looks at hatchbacks, the Ford Focus RS500, the Cosworth Impreza STI CS400 and the one-off Volvo C30 PPC.
Special Guest: Jonathan Ross
Announced in April 2009 at the Auto Shanghai show, the Rolls Royce Ghost is powered by a 6.6 litre twin-turbo V12 with variable valve timing, rated 563 bhp (420 kW) producing 780 newton metres (580 ft·lbf) torque, with ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. The car is based on a heavily modified platform shared with BMW’s latest 7-Series, F01 platform. The company concedes that 20% of parts are common to both cars.
Read: Rolls Royce Ghost will be powered by a brand new 6.6 litre turbo charged V12 engine
The Mulsanne is Bentley’s new flagship model. It was confirmed at time of launch, that the car will retain the iconic 6.75 L (6750 cc/411 in³) V8 engine, albeit heavily modified to meet Euro V emissions regulations. The price of the car in the United Kingdom starts from £220,000, including taxes and delivery charges.
Read: The Bentley Mulsanne
S 65 AMG includes Mercedes-Benz M275 V12 engine rated 612 PS (450 kW; 604 hp) and 1,000 N·m (738 ft·lbf), restyled front and rear bumpers and rocker panels, larger wheels, brakes, and tires, four exhaust pipes, modified and reprogrammed suspension for sport biased handling, and various interior changes.
Optional accessories include:
AMG 20-inch forged wheels with 255/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear tyres
AMG trim elements in carbon fibre/piano lacquer
AMG floor mats
The vehicles went on sale in June 2009, with S 65 AMG available in long-wheelbase version only.
The vehicles were unveiled in 2009 Shanghai Motor Show.
View: 2011 S AMG Images
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