The new 2010 RR Ghost formerly known as the 200EX concept will be released by Rolls Royce next year and is expected to sell big, even bigger than its big brother counterpart the Phantom. According to RR Motor Cars, The Ghost will be putting out 563 bhp / 420 kW / 570 PS @ 5250 rpm and will be capable of 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds / 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds with an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph / 250 km/h and finally delivering maximum torque 780 Nm / 575 lb ft @ 1500 rpm.
All of this amazing RR Ghost power will be delivered through the unique 6.6 L twin Turbo V12 attached to an 8 speed automatic gearbox…
Here is what Rolls-Royce delivered on their press release:
Rolls-Royce Director of Engineering, Helmut Riedl said, “First and foremost Ghost is a Rolls-Royce. This means that despite its extraordinary performance figures it has been engineered for effortless composure and refined power delivery. This is illustrated by the significant levels of low down torque available which makes pulling away very smooth and for an exceptionally relaxed driving experience.”
Riedl continues, “Rolls-Royce power is entirely different to anything else in the automotive world. It is delivered free from stress and exertion but at the same time must engage the driver. Ghost is about fingertip control while still enjoying a dynamic connection with the road. Equally passengers need to be cosseted from the physical sensations of acceleration, braking and cornering. Our chassis set up keeps Ghost stable and flat, preventing it from wallowing or pitching in the corners or imposing undesirable forces on those inside.”
Rolls-Royce has already confirmed that the Ghost will ride on an intelligent four corner air suspension system using multi link aluminium front and rear axles. The fully integrated system allows each of the Ghost’s dynamic handling systems to work together in harmony, providing the optimum levels of refinement and comfort at all times.
The vehicle acoustics also play a vital role in creating the authentic Rolls-Royce environment. Naturally engine, exhaust and even tyre noise have been engineered to be inaudible as far as possible, both internally and externally.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Officer, Tom Purves, said, “Ghost is not about a single superlative but rather a careful blend of attributes. A Rolls-Royce should carry its power with grace, agility and refinement and this is never achieved by a focus on outright performance. Mastery comes in creating a balance and having driven the Ghost again recently I can say confidently that our engineering team has achieved this in fine style”.
The RR Ghost was unveiled this september in Europe and deliveries are scheduled to start in late 09 and early 2010. The ghost is scheduled to retail at just over $200,000 and expect options to take it up closer to $300,000. We feel that this Ghost will soon become the new RR favorite as it seems more phantom drivers are actually driving their cars rather than being chauffeured in, which leaves the question of why spend the extra 100k on a phantom, when you can have this beautiful RR ghost.
Till next time…oh and check out all the pics below