BY DAVID WILLIAMS
Superlative refinement is promised from the new, ‘small’ Rolls that goes on sale late this year.
Rolls-Royce’s new Ghost will be one of the key unveilings at the show – and the firm has confirmed key performance figures for the newcomer.
It will be powered by a new 6.6-litre turbocharged V12 unique to the Rolls-Royce, but based on a unit from parent-company BMW and producing 563bhp, delivering a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds and a governed top speed of 155mph.
The engine, which is claimed to produce 575lb ft torque at just 1,500rpm, will be combined with an eight-speed ZF gearbox.
Helmut Riedl, Rolls-Royce’s director of engineering, 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.
“This is illustrated by the significant levels of low down torque available which makes pulling away very smooth and for an exceptionally relaxed driving experience.”
Mr Riedl said that the new car was “about fingertip control while still enjoying a dynamic connection with the road”.
Rolls-Royce confirmed that the Ghost will ride on an “intelligent” suspension system using multi-link aluminium front and rear axles. The BMW-owned firm said that engine, exhaust and tyre noise had been engineered to be “as inaudible as far as possible”, both internally and externally.
Rolls-Royce chief executive officer, Tom Purves, said: “The Ghost is not about a single superlative but rather a careful blend of attributes. A Rolls-Royce should carry its power with grace, agility and refinement and this is never achieved by a focus on outright performance. Mastery comes in creating a balance.”
Customer deliveries in the UK will begin in late 2009, with pricing from £165,000 excluding taxes and delivery charges.
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