It’s hugely gratifying to get things right! The car industry is full of rumours (and you wouldn’t believe some of the mad ones we hear – perhaps we’ll run a piece on them sometimes) and it’s often hard to know truth from fiction. But we’re lucky – we do have some very helpful contacts.
So when we were told back in January that the new baby Rolls Royce (codenamed RR4 and EX200) would be called the Rolls Royce Ghost we let you know. And this morning, at the Shanghai Motor Show, Rolls Royce has declared that the new car will indeed be the Rolls Royce Ghost.
Tom Purves, Rolls Royce boss, announced that the RR Ghost will begin production later this year at the company’s Goodwood facility and, although it will have its own production line, it will share paint, wood and leather workshops with its big brother the Rolls Royce Phantom.
Although initially the Rolls Royce Ghost will be available just as a saloon, we are reliably informed that the Ghost will go the way of the Phantom and spawn a Rolls Royce Ghost Drophead and a Rolls Royce Ghost Coupe.
All three models will feature the new 6.6 litre V12 engine developed for the Ghost by BMW, but there will be a huge number of cosmetic and performance options. Tom Purves has already told us that he expects some specifications of the new RR Ghost to cost more than a basic Phantom, so we can expect to see a number of Rolls Royce firsts on the options list, as Rolls Royce intend this car to be a more ‘Sport’ Rolls Royce. You won’t be getting go-faster stripes and ultra low suspension settings, but the Ghost will offer a more dynamic drive than any of its siblings.
No word on price yet, but it will certainly start lower than the Phantom. But where it ends up we’ll have to wait to find out!
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