On a Roll
Having excellent engineering and craftsmanship, the long and luxurious Rolls Royce Ghost EWB looks and feels exquisite
The Ghost has been treated to some subtle changes after the Series II version was launched in 2014. Not as big as the Phantom, the Ghost EWB (Extended Wheel Base) is long and luxurious. The wheelbase measures 3,465 mm with the car putting out a massive presence. As the name suggests, the Ghost is not intimidating. Priced at approximately Rs 5 crore, the expansive front grille of the car with the Eleanor Thornton (aka The Spirit of Ecstasy) on the top seek attention. The deep draw in the centre of the bonnet which opens out (apparently) like the wake of a jet engine adds a majestic touch to the design that incorporates LED fairy lights. With a swirl pressed into the wings and doors, the Ghost charms with its harmonious design. Of the two coach doors on either side, the rear door is hinged aft rather than fore, and makes for an entry into isolation. With 50 per cent wheel height to body height proportion, the car runs on 19-inch dia wheels and 255-section Good Year tyres. With an effort to make it look wider and imposing, the Ghost gets a nice touch of chrome around the rear lamps.
Display of opulence
Climb inside and the sense of occasion overtakes. Clever and respectful design shapes remind of the early days of motoring. The plush leather upholstery and soft carpeting elevate luxury. There is a display of opulence as the door closes with the press of a button. Multiple adjustment possibilities with many controls are a part of the centre armrest. With plenty of space, the rear seat isolates the occupants from the outside world. If the transmission tunnel is a reminder of the early years of motoring, the premium audio with 20GB hard disc brings quality audio experience within easy grasp. With attention to detail like no other automobile may receive, the Ghost flaunts fine embroidery and custom stitching. Near infinite options mean almost everything in the car can be created to the taste of the buyer — the head restraints, the umbrellas, and more.
A model of restraint, the dash of the Ghost reflects the high standards of build, quality and craftsmanship. Instruments include three analogue dials with a white background. The power reserve dial replaces a conventional tacho to display what percentage of the deluge is at the disposal. If the narrow rim three-spoke multi-function steering wheel reminds of the earlier days of motoring, it also feels nice to hold. The centre touch pad is incorporated into the top of the capstan controller.
Recognising simple voice commands, the powerful on-board WiFi allows the linking of numerous devices. The audio system can stream Bluetooth files.
100kmph in 4.9sec
The 563bhp 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 comes to life virtually silently; it is audible as a soft whistle at low speeds. The eight-speed automatic gearbox with the latest satellite technology knows where it is, and does not needlessly change up on a series of twisting bends. The gentle whoosh of the AC joins the engine’s whistle as the car pulls away. Feeling like a precision device with a linear response to major controls, the Ghost is quick and the response thrilling. Capable of accelerating to 100kmph in 4.9sec, the car, weighing two and a half tonnes, mighty impresses with its ability to reach the escape velocity. With the power of a sports saloon, the Ghost is no sports car. It, therefore, feels undignified driving it hard. The gearbox executes fast changes very well. The satellite control is predictive as changes are gently slurred at speed. Low-speed changes accompany a clattering down of the ratios as the car comes to a halt. Fuel consumption is claimed to be 5kmpl in the city, and 10kmpl on the highway.
Exerting brilliant body control, the Ghost effectively isolates passengers from the road surface. The ride is supple and well damped. The turn-in is precise as corners are tackled. The nose goes where it is pointed, and the weight makes its presence felt. This is especially the case as the car is pushed into a corner. Electronic stability control and many other safety aids are a part of the long and exhaustive list of equipment one could opt for. An optional sports package is also on offer.
The brakes are powerful and have a good feel about them. They may appear a bit over-servoed at times, they work well. Making a strong statement, the Ghost is a fine car. Looking as well as feeling exquisite, it stands out. The best part about the Ghost is perhaps the fact that it wafts, much like the earlier Ghosts did, thus establishing a chain of engineering and craftsmanship that belies years of existence.
Pros: Opulence, luxury