Let’s Roller out the bar­rel

Rolls-Royce sees no need to spoil the party, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE global fi­nan­cial cri­sis has had no ef­fect on Rolls-Royce’s plans for a new Ghost. The smaller, cheaper — less costly — lux­ury limou­sine is still on track for a pro­duc­tion preview at the Frankfurt Mo­tor Show in Septem­ber be­fore the first pro­duc­tion sales next year.

Undis­guised test cars are now a rel­a­tively com­mon sight in Bri­tain, where Carparazzi pho­tog­ra­phers caught this Ghost dur­ing road tri­als close to Rolls-Royce head­quar­ters at Good­wood.

Work is also well ad­vanced at the Roll­sRoyce fac­tory, where a sec­ond pro­duc­tion line is be­ing in­stalled for the Ghost along­side the Phan­tom as­sem­bly line.

The plan is to dou­ble pro­duc­tion to 1600 cars, though this num­ber could be ad­justed dur­ing the ex­pected early rush for the Ghost.

More in­for­ma­tion has just come on the car, which will have an en­gine pro­duc­ing 420kW and 780Nm. Rolls-Royce says this will be enough for a top speed lim­ited to 250km/h and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.9 sec­onds.

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