Rolls-Royce Ghost: super natural
Is the new Rolls-Royce Ghost an unearthly blend of waft and warp speed, or is it just a skinny Phantom?
Posted: 07 Jan 2011
At anything above murmur-level gliding, the Ghost is engaging in a way that the Phantom deliberately isn't. For all its cruising poise, when you start to lose the throttle in the three-inch deep pile of sheepskin floormat, the Ghost becomes an entirely different style of fiend. The front rears up like some deliciously bellowy speedboat, Spirit of Ecstasy unfurling her wings on the bow. It's hard not to imagine the blank serenity of the little silver figurine curled into a grin as the Ghost piles on speed like a cruise liner that's just snapped her slip-way hawsers on a particularly steep ramp. The gearbox slips between gears like a DSG, nudging ever upward through a rev range that never deigns to rise above a deep and breathy exhalation of torque, the ‘power reserve' dial that serves as a kind of revcounter-cum-effort gauge on the left of the dialset swooping serenely around to zero.