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Car of the Year Awards 2021: Best Luxury cars for big spenders
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Rolls-Royce Ghost 6.75 V12
When you’ve won the lottery, picked your yacht and you’re now shortlisting cars, don’t forget to include this one. Rolls-Royce takes automotive luxury to an art form, and the Ghost is no exception.
A 563bhp 6.75-litre V12 engine is the silent yet savage heart of the Ghost. Even if you decide to be so uncouth as to aim for the 0-62mph time of 4.8sec, the twin-turbo engine is a distant, barely noticeable whoofle, while the near- silence at a motorway cruise is almost unsettling.
All of this is experienced from a nostalgic, retro- feeling interior that’s nonetheless equipped with every modern comfort and convenience. The big infotainment screen uses BMW’s iDrive software, including sat-nav and all the phone connectivity features you’d expect. It’s easier to use than the system in alternatives such as the Bentley Flying Spur, too, and can be hidden behind a retracting wood veneer panel.
The whole car is just exquisite – to sit in, to drive and simply to be in the presence of. Money no object, the Ghost is a worthy indulgence.