Rolls-Royce Reveals 2010 Ghost Pricing, Performance Figures

Rolls-Royce won’t officially launch the new 2010 Ghost until the 2009 Frankfurt motor show in September, but it has seen fit to let some interesting figures slip our way…

563 hp, 575 lb-ft: Previously, the only figures we heard about the all-new twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 is that power would be near 600 hp. That proved to be a good estimate--the new12 clocks in at 563 hp, which makes it more powerful than the Phantom’s aging 6.75-liter V-12…

4.8 seconds: Although the Ghost won’t be a lithe limo, the combination of power and an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission means the new Rolls can reach 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds--1 second faster than the “base” Phantom, and a tenth of a second faster than the Bentley Continental Flying Spur. For what it’s worth, European-spec cars shave a tenth of a second from the time, but all Ghost models will have a governed top end of 155 mph.

212.6 inches: It may be colloquially deemed as the “Baby Rolls,” but the Ghost certainly isn’t small by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, at 212.6 inches long, it’s only a foot shorter than the Phantom itself, and nearly8 inches longer than the Continental Flying Spur. The wheelbase--129.7 inches--also eclipses the Bentley’s figure by a whole9 inches.

$245,000: If you’d like to see a Ghost in your garage, be prepared to plunk down nearly a quarter of a million dollars. Although it undercuts the Phantom’s starting price by $130,000, a Ghost does cost nearly $70,000 more than the Bentley Flying Spur.

2009: Yes, it’s a 2010 model, but Rolls-Royce expects European deliveries to begin later this year. U.S.-spec Ghosts won’t arrive on our shores until the second quarter of 2010.

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