Ghost res­ur­rected

Rolls-Royce’s new com­pact will mark the re­turn of the Ghost mys­tique, re­ports PAUL GOVER.

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

THE most fa­mous name in the back cat­a­logue at Rolls-Royce re­turns to ac­tive duty next year. The name is Ghost. It will be ap­plied to the cru­cial new “com­pact” Rolls-Royce be­ing read­ied for re­ces­sion-buster duty be­low the hulk­ing $1.2 mil­lion Phan­tom.

The Ghost name for the car pre­vi­ously known as RR4 comes as more de­tails emerge, in­clud­ing a size that will make it a whop­ping 18.9cm longer than a long-wheel­base BMW 7 Se­ries and a tur­bocharged 6.6-litre V12 en­gine mak­ing more than 370kW. There will also be an eight-speed au­to­matic gear­box. The first Rolls-Royce Ghost was built at the dawn of motoring, but it was a sin­gle car, the Sil­ver Ghost of 1907 named for its sil­ver paint­work – that made the name part of the brand’s his­tory and her­itage. Au­to­car mag­a­zine named the Sil­ver Ghost Best car in the World, thus lay­ing the foun­da­tion for ev­ery­thing the brand has done since.

“It is one of the most revered names in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try, evok­ing im­ages of ad­ven­ture and tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion,” Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves said.

“The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for im­pres­sive de­pend­abil­ity and re­fine­ment but also great flair and style.

“This car will be the first in a new gen­er­a­tion of mod­els to carry this evoca­tive name and will give us two pin­na­cle prod­uct lines: Phan­tom and Ghost.”

The Ghost will prob­a­bly ap­pear later this year and be seen and not just as the RR4 con­cept at a va­ri­ety of mo­tor shows, al­most cer­tainly the Frankfurt Mo­tor Show in Oc­to­ber.

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