2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Don Sherman Matt Tierney
Matt Tierney

I know that the Ghost is technically the junior Rolls-Royce, but it sure doesn't feel small when you're driving it in traffic, as I did during a Philadelphia rush hour a few weeks prior to this Ghost's arrival in Ann Arbor. Steer the Ghost toward some winding back roads, though, and you'll be impressed by how well it handles for a supersmooth-riding big boat with such light steering. Drop the hammer to pass another car, and a tidal wave of thrust rockets the car forward at an eye-opening rate.

Speaking of eyes, the understated Ghost is easy on them (unless you're trying to see around the giant A-pillars and sideview mirrors, that is). The newest Rolls also treats one's sense of touch, what with its luscious red leather interior (which even stretches all the way up the A-pillars) and cushy lambs'-wool floor mats; I shared the Ghost with some friends and family, and they all loved those items, as well as the umbrellas in both front doors and the acres of wood trim in the cabin. Some interior materials, however, were less well wrought, like the lid of the center console, the trim around the steering column, and the sun visors. Nonetheless, the Rolls clearly exudes elegance and brilliance while making a slightly more reserved and conservative statement than the Phantom.

According to Rolls-Royce, a full 80 percent of Ghost customers are new to the brand. That's a very impressive number indeed. Hopefully those customers won't find that their cars' sideview cameras don't work properly, as was the case with our test car.

Rusty Blackwell

For $305,750, everything should always work every single time.

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