Though the new 2021 Ghost may look more or less identical to its predecessor, Rolls-Royce claims every panel, except the door umbrellas and the Spirit of Ecstasy, has been remade for the new-gen model!
Ever since its arrival in 2009, the Rolls-Royce Ghost has been the most successful model in the marque's 116-year old history. So, for the new-gen model, designers at Rolls-Royce have decided to retain the overall silhouette of the outgoing Series II generation, add some new-age elements & tech, give it a new platform, and update the signature V12 motor. The end result? The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost, which, if spotted on the streets, may well be mistaken for the previous-gen Series II. But that's the formula Rolls-Royce has opted for, after all, if it ain't broke, why fix it?
The outgoing car shared a lot of its components with the BMW 7 Series, including the chassis. However, the new-gen model is underpinned by Rolls-Royce's aluminium spaceframe architecture, which already underpins the Cullinan SUV and the flagship Phantom. This has led to an 89mm increase in length (5,546mm) and a 30mm increase in width (2,148mm).
The new skeleton has further allowed Rolls-Royce to use its 6.75-litre V12 unit in the new Ghost, replacing the old 6.6-litre unit. As a result, the power & torque figures now stand at 563bhp & 850Nm (max. torque available from as low as 1,600rpm). Other additions on the new Ghost come in the form of all-wheel-drive (AWD), an all-wheel-steering (AWS), and a new Planar Suspension System (PSS) that's enhanced Rolls-Royce's signature 'Magic Carpet Ride' effect. The PSS is equipped with some world-first components like an Upper Wishbone Damper unit.
From a feature standpoint, the signature electric self-closing doors on the Ghost now get self-opening function as well. Plus, the Pantheon Grille is now illuminated, courtesy of 20 LEDs located underneath the top of the radiator grille. Rolls-Royce's Illuminated Fascia, inspired by the Starlight Headliner, has also made its way into the new Ghost's interior. Music enthusiasts will be able to enjoy their favourite tunes via a 1,300W 18-speaker Bespoke Audio system.