The new Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost: a car for the “post-opulent” generation

The new Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost: a car for the “post-opulent” generation

The new Rolls-Royce is the brand’s most technologically advanced ever, equipped with a twin-turbo, 6.75 litre, 12-cylinder engine and camera-controlled Planar suspension for a “magic carpet” ride, and, with extras added, will leave buyers with little (or no) change from £300,000. Unlike the earlier, BMW-based car, the new Ghost has been designed from the ground up, with only the Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet mascot and the on-board umbrellas being carried over from its predecessor. It gets Rolls-Royce-designed aluminium underpinnings, all-wheel-drive, all-wheel steering, a hand-built and “seamless” alloy body and a satellite-controlled transmission that reads the road ahead in order to select the perfect gear for the conditions. On the road, it feels uncannily nimble, with the quaint power reserve meter – a Rolls-Royce signature – indicating that a mere 20 per cent of the mighty engine’s available surge is required in order to sustain speeds at the legal limit. According to Rolls-Royce’s “luxury intelligence unit”, owners want a car more in keeping with today’s “post-opulence” movement. In terms of the interior, that translates into the “luxury” of silence. A twin-skinned roof and bulkhead, combined with more than 100kg of insulation stuffed inside the doors, roof, headlining, tyres and even between the double-glazed windows, ensures voices need never be raised above a normal, conversational level, regardless of how much speed increases. Even the inside of the air-conditioning ducting has been polished to further quieten things down, after acoustic engineers discovered that using a conventional set-up created a disturbing level of turbulence – although ...
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