Rolls-Royce Ghost Series I (2009-2012)
The “Ghost” moniker pays homage to the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost (produced from 1906 through 1926). Introduced during the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Rolls-Royce Ghost was designed as a smaller and more affordable Rolls than the Phantom. The Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase made its debut in 2011.Designed by Andreas Thurner and Helmut Riedl (Rolls-Royce Phantom), the Rolls-Royce Ghost shares a platform with the BMW 7-Series – although heavily modified to accommodate the added size (129.7-inch wheelbase) and weight (5,445-pounds) of the Rolls-Royce Ghost body. The Series I Ghost utilizes Rolls-Royce Phantom style air springs and FlexRay electronic control system.
Both the Series I Rolls-Royce Ghost and Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase models are equipped with the 6.6-liter twin turbo engine used in the BMW 7-Series. It can produce 562hp and 575 lb.-ft. of torque and has a top speed of 155.3 mph. The only available transmission is a ZF 8-speed automatic.
An update to the 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost lineup adds the Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification and the Rolls-Royce Extended Wheelbase V-Specification. The 6.6-liter twin turbo engine is now tuned to churn out 592hp and 664 lb.-ft. of torque.