New Cars for 2010: Europe

Mark Bramley Greg Pajo

Rolls-Royce Ghost

New: The Roller for the budget conscious.
Noteworthy: Although official photos haven't been released, recent spy shots confirm that the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost will be nearly identical to the 200EX concept, later known as the RR4, unveiled in Geneva this year. The car follows the design language of the Phantom, but, according to chief designer Ian Cameron, sleeker lines and a smaller stature give the Ghost a more "informal presence" than its big brother. Power will come from a new, 563-hp, 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 developed by BMW specifically for Rolls-Royce, paired with a new eight-speed automatic. In typical Rolls-Royce fashion, the Ghost promises to be an elaborate mix of luxury, technology, and performance, but, Cameron notes, it will have a greater emphasis on driver involvement than the Phantom.

ON SALE: Early 2010
Base Price: $250,000 (est.)
Specs: 6.6L twin-turbo V-12, 563 hp, 575 lb-ft; rear-wheel drive

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