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Rolls-Royce Ghost | A Symphony of Opulence and Unparalleled Luxury | First Drive Review

The Spirit of Ecstasy that sits at the prow of that vast bonnet, an elegant emissary from a distant postcode, and the umbrella that nestles within the B-pillars are the true signature in every Rolls-Royce

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Ride Comfort, Luxury, Driving

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Driving

There’s double wishbone suspension at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear, air springs all-round and adaptive dampers, although there’s only one set-up and nothing is configurable. Tyre noise is well suppressed, as if layers of soft cotton have been plastered all over it, and the engine’s presence is theoretical 90 percent of the time. At first, you think it’s an EV, and even on full throttle, there’s a distant but cultured roar. It gets mildly more exciting when you hit the ‘Low’ button on the gear-selector stalk. This amplifies the engine through an entirely new exhaust system, although if you’re expecting this to produce the pops and bangs of an Italian V12 soundtrack, then surely you will be disappointed. Cornering with an all-wheel steering and a turning radius of 6.7-metres, is a different experience altogether. But the Ghost isn’t slow by any margin as it dash from 0-100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, despite the fact that this 2.5-tonne behemoth spans over a length of 5.7-metres. This is perhaps the only car where the RPM can redline, and you can still maintain decent volume levels of conversation or sign a cheque and go about your business silently. With 100kg of acoustic damping materials incorporated in the entire body frame, including wheels, it keeps the NVH levels in supreme check, and the cabin cocooned from all the chaos of the outside world. 



TopGear Magazine July 2024