DRIV­ING

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - LUXURY CARS -

The in­stant I open the driver’s door on the Ghost I know it is a real Roll­sRoyce.

There is a se­ri­ous heft to the door and it closes be­hind me with a sub­dued ‘‘thunk’’ that seals the car as ef­fec­tively as any re­frig­er­a­tor door. As I start the mut­ter­ing V12, and head out into the snap-frozen English coun­try­side this week, I am cos­seted and pam­pered in a way I have only ex­pe­ri­enced in a car with the Fly­ing Lady mas­cot on the nose.

Ev­ery­thing in the Ghost is real – and, by that, I mean real wood, real metal, real leather and real lux­ury think­ing, de­sign and fin­ish­ing.

It is a mas­sively classy car and just what you ex­pect – and de­serve – if you’re pre­pared to pay more than $650,000 for a new car.

It is near-si­lent, swift and ef­fort­less.

You can say what you like about the looks, and some peo­ple are not fans of the bru­tal­is­tic body­work of the newage Rolls-Royces, but it is just about im­pos­si­ble to find flaws in a car which feels as if it will live for­ever.

If I’m nit-pick­ing, and that’s what I’m paid to do, the driver’s seat is a lit­tle short of thigh sup­port, and I don’t like the BMW-style graph­ics on the dash­board dis­play or the BMWbrand chime to warn of an open door. But that’s about it.

Un­less you count a price tag which means I would have to swap my house for this car.

If this is too glow­ing, I’m sorry but that is the re­al­ity.

The Ghost is more ea­ger and re­spon­sive than the gi­ant Phan­tom, with an ef­fort­less thrust when I push deeply into the ac­cler­a­tor, but it’s no sports car.

Com­pared with the Phan­tom, and it’s the nat­u­ral com­par­i­son, the Ghost is a lit­tle sharper to drive, more re­spon­sive to the throt­tle, and not quite as ex­pan­sive in the cabin.

But the Ghost truly is a great car and one which – just as you would ex­pect – sets the bench­mark for its price and class.

REAL DEAL: Ev­ery­thing in the Ghost speaks of lux­ury, from the en­gi­neer­ing to the real wood and leather trim­mings.

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