Rolls-Royce has confirmed the Ghost's high-performance pedigree, ahead of its unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
Powered by a 563bhp 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 engine, Rolls-Royce's 'affordable' new model will have a limited top speed of 155mph and a 0-62mph time of just 4.7 seconds. Power is delivered to the wheels by an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
A true Rolls-Royce
All-round adaptive air suspension keeps the performance in check, to ensure the Ghost's dynamics fit with the company's core values of optimum refinement and comfort.
Rolls-Royce director of engineering, Helmut Riedl, said: 'First and foremost the Ghost is a Rolls-Royce. This means that despite its extraordinary performance figures it, has been engineered for effortless composure and refined power delivery.
'The Ghost is about fingertip control while still enjoying a dynamic connection with the road. Our chassis keeps the Ghost stable and flat, preventing it from wallowing or pitching in the corners or imposing undesirable forces on those inside.'
Ghost-like silence will also be central to the new Rolls-Royce, with the engine, tyres and exhaust specially engineered to be as quiet as possible, both internally and externally.
The Ghost costs from 165,000 and deliveries will begin later this year.
Rolls-Royce Ghost fact file
Vehicle length: 5399 mm / 212.6 inches
Vehicle width: 1948 mm / 76.7 inches
Vehicle height: 1550 mm / 61 inches
Wheelbase: 3295 mm / 129.7 inches
Engine: 6.6-litre turbocharged V12
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic
Power output: 563bhp
Max torque @ engine speed: 575lb ft at 1500 rpm
Top speed: 155mph (electronically governed)
0-60mph: 4.7 seconds
0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds