A magnificent V12 engine, eight-speed automatic gearbox and chassis components from the BMW 7 Series turn the Rolls-Royce Ghost into a Rolls-Royce for drivers.
The ride is firmer than you expect from a Rolls, most noticeably in town. The car's immense size can make it awkward to manoeuvre.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Rolls-Royce Ghost performance
The Ghost is powered by a 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 based on the one in the BMW 760Li and connected to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. With 563bhp, it's obviously seriously potent but, as befits the car, it goes about its business discreetly. What you sense is a vast linear surge rather than an undignified charge. It’s a shame the brakes aren’t a touch easier to modulate for completely smooth stopping.
Rolls-Royce Ghost ride & handling
The Ghost draws its chassis components and advanced electronic systems from the BMW 7 Series, although they've been given a unique Rolls-Royce flavour. It's billed as the drivers' Rolls-Royce and it lives up to that with wonderful poise and steering fluidity. The ride is generally great, but you get the occasional harsh thump over big potholes that you wouldn’t expect from a Rolls.
Rolls-Royce Ghost refinement
With the Ghost, the outside world stays exactly that: outside. There's some wind noise around the vast door mirrors at high speed and you're not totally denied the aural pleasure of the V12 when accelerating hard, but a double bulkhead between the engine bay and passenger cell ensures it's never intrusive. Driveline smoothness is exemplary. There’s a bit of tyre noise at high speeds, particularly on versions fitted with the optional 21-inch wheels.