For A magnificent V12 engine, eight-speed automatic gearbox and chassis components from the BMW 7 Series turn the Rolls-Royce Ghost into a real drivers' Rolls-Royce.
Against The ride is firmer than you expect from a Rolls-Royce, most noticeably in town. The car's immense size means it can be awkward to manoeuvre.
Designed as the Rolls-Royce for the owner-driver, the Ghost has all the class and attention to detail that goes with the badge. Let down by the low-speed ride, though.
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Rolls-Royces aren't only for the ruling classes. Self-made millionaires – the sort who do the driving themselves – have always been every bit as important to Rolls-Royce as the nobility. The Rolls-Royce Ghost is for them, although it's almost as roomy and luxurious as a Phantom if they decide they do want to enjoy it from the back.
Much of its componentry, particularly its advanced electronic features, come from the latest BMW 7 Series, though they haven't been slavishly lifted. That unique Rolls-Royce character is in everything, and you'll look in vain for a BMW switch.
The BMW links are important, though, because they help to ensure the Ghost is what it claims to be: a luxurious limousine with the poise and control to satisfy owners who might also have a Ferrari or two in the garage. The one weak spot is the firm low-speed ride, which is distinctly un-Rolls-Royce.