Rolls-Royce is getting ready to give Bentley a run for its money. The British automaker has reportedly revealed plans to expand its Ghost model with the introduction of extended-wheelbase, coupe, and convertible variants.
The Rolls-Royce Ghost resides on the same architecture as BMW’s 7 Series, and is said to be a rather flexible platform according to the automaker. That being the case, within the next three years, extended-wheelbase, coupe, and convertible versions will be added to the lineup Rolls-Royce confirmed to Autocar.
For the lengthened Ghost, Rolls-Royce plans to add an additional 5.9 inches to the sedan bringing its wheelbase to 135.6 inches – still five-inches shorter than the massive Phantom. Be stretching the car, its length will likely grow to at least 218.5 inches – just over 18 feet. Still dwarfing the Ghost, a standard Phantom measures 19 ft. 1.7 in., while the extended-wheelbase version stretches 19 ft. 11.8 in. The extra room will be relegated to the rear passenger cabin, making the EWB Ghost more viable for chauffeuring duties.
Coupe and convertible versions are said to follow the EWB Ghost, but it’s unclear as to what order in which they will appear. Churning out 563 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque, Rolls-Royce is unlikely to stray from the 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 that currently powers the Ghost.
As with the Phantom that’s been around since 2003, Rolls-Royce won’t be altering its new models much after launch. “They need to have long lives because they’re icons,” Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös told Autocar in an interview. “Our customers are not interested in quick change.”