New 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost seen in public for the first time
Disguised prototype for Rolls-Royce’s Bentley Flying Spur rival caught ahead of expected debut next year
The Ghost, sitting underneath the Phantom flagship and a rival for the Bentley Flying Spur and Mercedes-Maybach S 600, has been on sale with only a small facelift since 2010. It’s the next launch priority for the British maker after the Cullinan SUV was introduced late last year.
The new spy images show the camouflaged saloon perched on a transporter in Germany, surrounded by a models from Rolls’ parent company BMW. While it’s expected that the Ghost will still be manufactured at the brand’s headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex, it’s clear that some of the car’s development and validation programme is occuring in BMW’s facilities.
Through the disguise we can see that the Ghost’s front-end has a clear family resemblance to the Phantom, but the rear appears to be more shapely and features a more sloping rear windowline. The interior, while not yet seen, will adopt many of the advanced features and traditional touches found in the Ghost’s siblings.
Technical details of the new Ghost are still under wraps, but we do know that it will make use of the same aluminium-intensive architecture as the latest Phantom and Cullinan. Don’t expect this to mean a substantial weight saving, however: today’s Phantom is actually a bit heavier than the car it replaced due to increased technology and material use, both under the skin and on the surface.
It is likely that Rolls-Royce will continue to use its trademark twin-turbocharged V12 engine in the Ghost, given customers demand the ultimate even from the brand’s cheapest model. It’ll almost certainly share the 577bhp 6.6-litre unit found in the latest BMW M760LI, though whether it will adopt that car’s four-wheel drive system remains to be seen.
Source: Autocar Online