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November 6, 2020

GQ: The New Rolls-Royce Ghost is Out Of This World

The latest model from Goodwood was built from the ground up.

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost has been a decade in the making. Since its launch in 2009, it has become the most successful car Rolls-Royce has ever made, and not without good reason.

Having listened to what existing and potential drivers wanted, Rolls-Royce realized that sometimes, less is more. The Ghost was a simpler, less ostentatious car than its predecessors. All things are relative of course, the Ghost isn’t exactly a city runaround, but it’s what the brand call ‘perfect in its minimalism’ (if your idea of minimalism is an interior roof that lights up like the night sky).

Now, the newest Ghost has been released, and it’s bigger and better than the last. Longer and wider to accommodate the repositioning of its 6.75-litre V12 engine, the Ghost’s ‘Magic carpet ride’ Planar suspension system has been completely redesigned, too. In fact, Rolls-Royce says the only things carried over from the former model to the new are the Spirit of Ecstasy and the umbrellas. Said umbrellas live inside the car doors, ready to be opened at the push of a button.

Buttons are important in the Ghost, so allow us to focus on the micro for a moment. Bearing in mind that the Rolls-Royce team say luxury is in the minor details, but that luxury itself is never a minor detail, pressing buttons in the Ghost’s cabin will produce all sorts of interesting results. The car’s self-closing doors were a feature on the last model but in response to feedback from the Middle East, they now open by themselves, too. Pull the handle once and the door will open with a satisfying thunk. Pull and hold the handle and the door will waft aside, ready for you to step out with the grace befitting a Rolls-Royce passenger.

Not that you’d want to get out, of course, because the inside of the Ghost is a very nice place to be. We are yet to drive the new model but if it’s as good as it looks, expect big things

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