Let’s Roller out the barrel
Rolls-Royce sees no need to spoil the party, writes PAUL GOVER
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.