The Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan is one of two model types currently available from the luxury brand, the other being the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Both carry Rolls-Royce's iconic sense of style, though the Ghost has a much slimmer profile than the larger Phantom. Ghost designers were inspired by a photograph from the 1913 Spanish Grand Prix in which Don Carlos de Salamanca wore a serene expression. The 190-mile race is a grueling one, and his simple expression of pleasure and effortless driving is re-created and reflected in the 21st Century Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan.
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When Rolls-Royce first released the Ghost, it saw its sales quickly double. Positioned below the Phantom, and creating a new personality for the Rolls-Royce brand (while staying true to its roots), the Ghost can be considered somewhat of an entry level vehicle for Rolls-Royce, though its starting price still comes in around $250k. Unlike some Rolls-Royce vehicles that demand a driver, the Ghost is all about a relaxing experience directly behind the wheel, and to go along with that, it's fun to drive as well. For the 2012 model year, the Ghost remains unchanged, and for good reason; with such an increase in sales, why would the luxury brand change anything? It has, however added another option this year: the Ghost Extended Wheelbase, which has a slightly higher starting price, but a massive amount of comfort.
Like most Rolls-Royce vehicles, the 2012 Ghost sedan is incredibly powerful. It comes furnished with a 6.6-liter V12 engine which generates a hefty 563 horsepower and 575 lb.-ft. of torque. In fact, this makes the Ghost even more powerful than the larger Phantom! The Ghost also comes equipped with an AF eight-speed automatic transmission. Of course, all of this power does negatively impact the Ghost's fuel economy ratings, which are up to 13 mpg city and 20 mpg on the highway. But, perhaps you can console yourself with the fact that the Ghost makes it from zero-to-sixty in only 4.8 seconds despite its weight and size, which is on par with many lighter, smaller sports sedans. Top speed for the Ghost is 155 mph.
Overall, after review, we find that the 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan is luxurious inside and out, boasts a comfortable, surreal ride and is highly customizable. And, it's one of the most accessible Rolls-Royce models ever built!