The Rolls-Royce Ghost perfects the art of gliding on the road, cementing its name in the ultra-premium space with charm and nobility.
Rolls-Royce has always been about excellence and comfort. All Roll-Royces function in a way that enhances the overall experience of being in a car. Very few carmakers can match what Rolls-Royce does, and the British marque has ventured into segments previously reserved for mainstream manufacturers.
Options are aplenty for the well-heeled. You have the Rolls-Royce Cullinan if you feel a Range Rover is pedestrian; the Phantom for the ultimate chauffeur-driven experience, and the Ghost for those who fancy driving and cannot afford the Phantom.
Banter aside, the Ghost, just like the Phantom, has established a name for itself in the ultra-premium space. With the recently-introduced Black Badge, the brand can be seen shifting its focus, diversifying to cater to a younger audience.
Now that the Rolls-Royce Ghost has received an all-new platform, talks about an electrified version have already started. Perhaps something along the lines of the new Roll-Royce Spectre should be arriving very soon.
Rolls has definitely upped its game with the second-generation Ghost. Features are aplenty, and comfort levels are better than ever before. We reckon the Rolls-Royce Ghost luxury sedan epitomizes opulence, albeit with charm and serenity. There are several interesting bits to talk about the Rolls-Royce Ghost, which for 2023 remains unchanged.
2023 Rolls-Royce Ghost Wafts You In Supreme Luxury
One of the key highlights of any Rolls-Royce is the level of uncompromised luxury and comfort. The 2023 Rolls-Royce Ghost is most certainly a comfy companion, a proper wafter, shall we say. The silky-smooth V12, in conjunction with its revised air suspension, helps the second-generation Ghost perfect the art of gliding on the road. Rolls-Royce put a lot of effort into developing a rather innovative “Planar Suspension,” wherein cameras work with the GPS to monitor roads ahead, altering the suspension firmness beforehand.
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The Ghost features a rather unique setup that guarantees the authentic Rolls-Royce experience, ironing out bumps far better than most luxury flagships and even previous Rolls-Royces. This is not a multi-motor assisted electronic mumbo-jumbo, but rather a simple horseshoe-shaped object called the upper wishbone damper.
It’s a weight with a flexible, rubbery hinge found on top of the suspension strut that works like the harmonic balancer on the end of an engine. What it does is that it absorbs the extra vibration from the suspension travel and blocks it from getting transmitted to the car’s body. This reduces minor shock waves from being passed on, further stabilizing the ride.
2023 Rolls-Royce Ghost Offers “Adequate” Power
The Rolls-Royce Ghost makes use of a 6.75-liter V12 pumping 563 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque; 591 horses and 664 lb-ft in the Black Badge. Unlike the previous generation, this time around the V12 is powering four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. As with all Rolls-Royce cars, performance is never really a concern, and officials, when asked about the horsepower figures, usually stick to “adequate” more often than not. Unlike the previous generation, this Rolls-Royce Ghost fancies being driven, thanks to its slightly sportier dynamics.
We don’t expect any form of powertrain upgrade in the 2023 Ghost. However, since things are going in the direction of sustainability, we expect some form of electric assistance in the upcoming model years. This is us guesstimating for a possibility, and Rolls hasn’t confirmed anything as of yet.
2023 Rolls-Royce Ghost Is All About Attention To Detail
Much like Rolls-Royces of yesteryears, there’s literally nothing that could compare to how they’ve set up the interiors. The attention to detail is unrivaled and is largely the core ethos of the brand. The Ghost has everything from bespoke carpets to a customized Rolls-Royce-branded umbrella. Swathes of the finest leather, real wood, and genuine metal accents cover nearly every visible surface, along with the knobs and door handles.
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The level of craftsmanship can be seen in the stitches and is carried over even to the airflow controllers that are metal organ stops versus normal buttons or dials. In essence, the interiors of the redesigned Ghost are exceptionally crafted, and frankly, we don’t see the need for an upgrade in 2023.
Design-wise, we reckon the company will at least stick to the existing template for the next few years. On the interior, things should remain the way they were for 2022, which was pretty much how the car was in 2021. For one, it’s very early for Rolls to start bringing a change considering the redesigned second-gen Ghost has little to no faults. While we don’t expect dramatic styling improvements, we could see a few changes in the coming months. Perhaps a new set of options on the configurator or even a special edition.
Rolls-Royce isn’t famous for model year facelifts, but with how the company introduced the Black Badge, adding a bit of flavor—albeit the Rolls-Royce way—we think the British marque is evolving. Not so much with the flow, but in a way of its own.