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Wheelbase maintains a powerful profile, with flowing
lines dominated by majestic ‘yacht line’ styling. Large
uninterrupted surfaces, powerful shoulders and flanks
point to the car’s unmistakeable dynamic prowess and
the addition of 170mm only adds to the car’s already
considerable presence. It is a balanced exterior canvas with
rear doors just 35mm longer than those in the front.
Rolls-Royce DNA flows through Ghost Extended
Wheelbase starting with the car’s elevated prow, long
bonnet and short front overhang, through to its elegant
tail. Contemporary design details further affirm Rolls-
Royce credentials, including self-righting wheel centres,
front door-mounted Teflon-coated umbrellas and a
modern take on the famous Rolls-Royce grille, with sides
curved inwards and vanes set back into the opening to
resemble a jet intake. From the exterior, Ghost Extended
Wheelbase further distinguishes itself by the addition
of a new forged wheel, adding to the model’s distinctive
character.
Entering Ghost Extended Wheelbase through extended
coach doors that open to 89 degrees is effortless and
immediately imparts a wave of serenity for occupants.
Those who have already experienced Ghost’s ample
interior space may at first be surprised by the interior
experience of Ghost Extended Wheelbase, which bestows
a far greater sense of scale than an extra 170mm might
imply.
Legroom is significantly enhanced, with knee-room
more than doubled from 160 to 330mm. It is this that
will appeal to the many Rolls-Royce Ghost customers
who value additional space and comfort for rear seat
passengers at least as much as experiencing the car’s
dynamic performance. But, while longer, Ghost Extended
Wheelbase remains around half a metre shorter than the
pinnacle Phantom Extended Wheelbase, the ultimate
expression of a Rolls-Royce and a car that stands alone in
its class. Ghost Extended Wheelbase positively encourages
occupants to relax, stretch out in standard lounge seats
after closing doors - at the touch of a button.
Discretion comes as standard. Passengers relax in lounge
seats covered in sumptuous leather, seated behind the
C-pillar to heighten the sense of privacy. The seat’s slight
curve allows those inside to turn more easily to face each
other, creating a convivial environment to chat informally
or in which to do business, perhaps taking advantage of
the optional wireless hotspot.
Theatre configuration is available as an option, allowing
all settings that do not directly affect the driver to be
controlled and accessed from the rear seat. Functions
are displayed on two 9.2 inch LCD screens in front-seat
backs; these can be angled to suit the viewer and are
managed via a central rotary controller mounted on the
armrest. Passengers can activate climate control regulating
the temperature of the air on their side of the car, access
TV channels and CDs, radio or browse the navigation
menu. Those with a passion for music will enjoy an
audio system delivering 600 Watts through a 10-channel
amplifier and 16 speakers. USB and auxiliary inputs allow
external audio devices to be integrated.
Alternatively, passengers can simply sit back, relax and
enjoy the clear view past the Spirit of Ecstasy, sinking their
feet into deep pile carpets or lambs’ wool floor mats for
added opulence, massaged and cooled through perforated
seats. The perfect environment to soak up that other
trademark of the Rolls-Royce brand: silence.
Engineered For Effortless Performance
“In Ghost we engineered a car with outstanding
refinement and dynamic ability and it was important
this was not lost in the development of Ghost Extended
Wheelbase. I can confidently say we achieved this
fundamental aim: performance is astonishing and the
difference in driving dynamics almost imperceptible.” -
Helmut Riedl, Engineering Director
Ghost was designed as a vision of simplicity, to drive in
peerless fashion. The engineering behind Ghost Extended
Wheelbase has enhanced these principles further. It’s a car
that you wouldn’t think twice about driving yourself.
While extra space gives an even more rewarding ride for
occupants, the chassis retains its poise, delivering a totally
engaging experience for Ghost Extended Wheelbase
drivers. Power is delivered in an effortless and seemingly
endless way, with the latest in-car technology falling easily
to hand.
Ghost Extended Wheelbase is powered by the 6.6 litre
twin turbo charged V12 engine of Ghost, delivering the
same 563 hp effortlessly on an intelligent air suspension
system for peerless ride and handling.
Travelling from 0-62 in just five seconds, and with
a top speed limited to 155 mph, Ghost Extended
Wheelbase remains imperceptibly different in terms of its
performance. Power is transmitted in abundance through
an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
The feeling of surging power is illustrated by the power
reserve gauge on the fascia, underpinned by 780Nm of
torque available at just 1,500 rpm.
Double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear
suspension play a role in the exquisite ride in Ghost
Extended Wheelbase and are complemented by an
intelligent, four cornered air-suspension system and
electronic variable damping to ensure the car is able to
deliver the refinement demanded by the world’s most
exclusive customers.
Indeed, the air suspension system is so sensitive that it can
detect and react to the smallest of changes. It can sense,
for example, the movement of a single rear passenger from
one side of the rear seat to the other. A complex computer
system reads multiple inputs from sensors around the car;
the dampers alone make individual load calculations every
2.5 milliseconds. This ensures not only perfect comfort
but also precise steering and dynamics for the driver.
Ghost Extended Wheelbase also incorporates a series
of complex electronic aids to keep it composed on any
surface. These include anti-roll stabilisation, dynamic
brake control, and dynamic traction control and cornering
brake control. These technologies work together under
dual Integrated Chassis Management systems, meaning
that Ghost Extended Wheelbase always remains perfectly
poised even in the face of vigorous testing.
Handcrafted In Goodwood, England
Each Rolls-Royce passes through up to 60 pairs of hands
before leaving Goodwood in England. These belong to
the skilled craftspeople and technicians who expend 20
days and undertake 2,000 individual operations to create
Ghost Extended Wheelbase.
Ghost Extended Wheelbase spends seven days being
painted and hand polished to perfection. The first of
five stages starts with a phosphate electro-coat to protect
against corrosion. This is followed by a layer of primer,
colour coat and two layers of clear lacquer. The body is
sanded between each layer and hand-polished for five
hours after the application of the final coat.
Ghost Extended Wheelbase comes in 12 exterior colours,
each of which can be contrasted by an optional Silver
Satin bonnet.
The slightest imperfection has no place in a Rolls-Royce
interior. Consequently, nine high-grade bull hides are
used in each Ghost Extended Wheelbase interior. Leather
is drum dyed to ensure colour permeates right through; it
is then naturally dried to bring out the grain and deliver a
contemporary feel for the car.
Each leather component is precision cut by laser, then
hand-stitched using traditional upholstering techniques
before seats and interior panels are personally signed by
the craftsperson involved in their creation.
A Ghost Extended Wheelbase wood-set has at least 3m2
of veneer, consisting of 18 wood parts and takes 16 days
to complete. Each individual piece consists of 11 layers of
veneer, one layer of foil and one of aluminium to provide
strength and to prevent shattering in the event of an
accident. Their natural beauty is brought to life by the skill
of those working in the wood shop.
Ghost Extended Wheelbase boasts high quality wood
veneers available in four different finishes ranging from
contemporary straight grain to classic burr finishes.
Veneer from the same tree is used in any car ensuring the
grain matches throughout and parts age at the same pace.
They are milled and sanded by hand before being coated
with five layers of lacquer for protection – and to give the
trademark mirror-like sheen.
The interior experience is one without equal. And
delivered on the original ethos of Sir Henry Royce – to
strive for perfection in everything Rolls-Royce does.
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