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Car of the Year Awards 2021: Best Luxury cars for big spenders

A luxury car obviously needs sumptuous materials, ride comfort worthy of a magic carpet, and a super-smooth engine. But models targeting company car drivers also needing to offer low CO2 emission...

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.

Rolls-Royce Ghost 2021 dashboard

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.

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