September 07, 2022 By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes and Rolls-Royce Press

2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost

A Celebration of Hubris

There are four automotive brands, in my opinion, that have broadly produced since inception, the most coveted vehicles in their entire portfolio in the world. That almost every single finished operating product is respected, coveted and timeless. These four brands are Ferrari, Pagani, Porsche, and Rolls-Royce. Regardless of what year and what model, even the “least desired” and most dated products carry themselves profoundly even up today. The absolute ultimate overall from all of them is still Rolls-Royce.

Yes; Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar, AUDI, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lexus, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Chevrolet, Ford, Volkswagen, Chrysler and so on all have their gems and standout products, but only the four mentioned brands earlier have arguably the most defined lists of legends, each for their own determined reflections. With Ferrari, it is the definition of motorsports at its highest level, Formula 1 combined with sensual flamboyance and high performance. With Porsche, it is the definition of reliable high-performance premium sports cars. With Pagani, it defines supreme bespoke hypercars. And with Rolls-Royce, it is the absolute luxury standard.

Ever since BMW acquired Rolls-Royce in 1998 under complex conditions until it began full operations in 2003, the British brand has exponentially improved profitability, quality, performance, and desirability to such considerably more elevated standards that they truly are peerless in their own level that they dictate.

We at C! have had the unique privilege and honor of being a part of the new Rolls-Royce world, and have hugely enjoyed the journey that only the brand could possibly produce. We love and covet every single current model and look forward to its near future expansion with new technologies and electrification beginning with the all-new all-electric Spectre coupé. For a few examples of our experiences with Rolls-Royce, please check out these links: https://www.c-magazine.com/archive-car-reviews/2015-rolls-royce-ghost-series-ii-extended-wheelbase/, https://www.c-magazine.com/crossroad/2014-goodwood-festival-speed/, and https://www.c-magazine.com/archive-car-reviews/supreme-luxury-standard/.

Just in time for the 18th C! Awards, with the last remaining BMW 7-series platform sharing Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II models on their way out of the dealership showrooms, the all-new Ghost is set to arrive. The all-new Rolls-Royce Ghost is built on the new “Architecture of Luxury” scalable aluminum spaceframe platform shared with the Phantom VIII and the Cullinan SUV, building on all the current technologies and setting new standards in every facet combined with newer and more potent bespoke BMW-built V12 twin-turbo engines. So aside from the upcoming Spectre that replaces the Dawn Cabriolet and Wraith coupé (my favorite of the range and what I desire to own one day), the whole model range now use the slightly larger 6.75-liter engines, up from the outgoing 6.6-liter, and a “homage” to the classic L410 V8 engines of the same displacement from the 1971 to 1998. By the way, the Spectre will also feature the new more aerodynamic design of the Spirit of Ecstasy which will have more realistic flowing robes behind her so she will look less like she has outstretched wings.

The new 2nd generation Ghost, like before, is produced in two sizes; standard and extended wheelbase, with the same lengths as its predecessors (3295 mm standard, 3465 mm extended) but with longer (5545 mm compared to 5399 mm for the standard, and 5715 mm compared to 5569 mm for the extended) and wider (1979 mm compared to 1948 mm) bodies with a weight gain of approximately 60 to 70 kg with standard fitments. Building on the new lighter and stronger platforms, the new Ghost is the most technologically advanced Rolls‑Royce to date and features a new design philosophy called ‘Post Opulent’ which is said to reject superficial expressions of wealth. The Ghost also features AWD and all-wheel steering combined with the world first application of the Planar suspension system. Other brief notable features include: standard fully powered doors for effortless egress, interior components are tuned to specific resonant frequencies to create a sense of serenity, the down lit Pantheon grille discreetly illuminates the Rolls‑Royce iconography, even more bespoke selections, 50/50 weight distribution, standard “Magic Carpet” adaptive suspension that employs a road-scanning camera to help the vehicle anticipate and compensate for potholes combined with GPS, and a magnificent 1300-watt 18-magnesium-ceramic speaker audio system on top of the longest list of standard equipment that I have ever seen in any vehicle to date.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost, in both generations, are simply incredible showcases of engineering, craftsmanship, design, and technology. They are great to drive and ride in as passengers. Every nanosecond in either situation are moments to cherish and celebrate. Their only real issues are singular and gargantuan: price.

Specification – 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

Engine: V12, 6593 cc, dohc 48V, Direct Injection Intercooled Twin-Turbo, Double-VANOS, 8-Speed AT

Max power: 563 bhp @ 5250-6000 rpm

Max torque: 575 lb-ft @ 1500-5000 rpm

0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 5 sec.

Top Speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) Governed

Fuel Mileage: 13 mph City / 20 mpg Highway

Price as tested: PhP 45,000,000.00

C! RATING 10/10

+THE super supreme luxury Grand Saloon with verve. Peerless and sublime.

May take a couple of lifetimes and a half to earn the privilege to own one. Only displaced by the all-new Ghost.

 

Specification – 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Engine: V12, 6749 cc, dohc 48V, Direct Injection Intercooled Twin-Turbo, Double-VANOS, 8-Speed AT

Max power: 563 bhp @ 5250-6000 rpm

Max torque: 627 lb-ft @ 1600-5500 rpm

0-100 km/h (0-62mph): 4.7 sec.

Top Speed: 250 km/h (155 mph) Governed

Fuel Mileage: 13 mph City / 20 mpg Highway (15.0 l/100km overall)

Price as tested: PhP 55,000,000.00 (Starting Price for Extended Wheelbase) (PhP 53,000,000.00 Starting Price for Standard Wheelbase)

C! RATING 10/10

+THE super supreme luxury Grand Saloon with even more energy, AWD, opulence, and efficiency.

The Black Badge Variant with a more potent Twin-Turbo V12 producing 591 bhp / 664 lb-ft (0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds).

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