Whether you come from old money or you’re nouveau riche, there’s no better way to flaunt it than in a Rolls-Royce Ghost. This is a car with presence, a car for the one tenth of one percent. And everyone knows it. The Ghost mimics the even more expensive Phantom sedan in both style and substance, offering an interior that’s whisper quiet and impeccably outfitted with the finest materials. It’s equipped with coach rear doors, just like the Phantom, that open like a pair of welcoming arms—a clear signal of upper-crust luxury. The ride is as smooth as polished aluminum, just like in other Rolls-Royces. But there’s also more athleticism tuned into the chassis than you might expect—especially on the Black Badge model, which comes with more power and sportier settings for the Ghost’s standard air suspension. Would you rather be chauffeured? No problem; riding in the Ghost’s rear compartment is a sybaritic experience as well.
What’s New for 2023?
Rolls-Royce’s entry-level sedan carries over to 2023 with no significant changes to its styling, equipment, powertrain, or price tag.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The Ghost is the entry-level Rolls, but what an entry. The list of standard and optional equipment is mesmerizing and long, and Rolls-Royce offers a seemingly endless list of additional features and customizations. The only question is how much you’re willing to spend.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Ghost is powered by a 563-hp 6.7-liter V-12 that is shared with the Cullinan SUV; Black Badge models get a boost in power to 592 hp. An eight-speed automatic handles shifting duties, and all-wheel drive is standard. According to Rolls-Royce, the Ghost is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and we’re looking forward to verifying that claim at our test track. Rolls-Royce also boasts that the Ghost offers a sharp handling, pointing to its all-wheel-steering system and 50/50 weight distribution as evidence that driving satisfaction played a significant role in the car’s development. The Ghost provides a peerless ride thanks to its standard adaptive suspension, which employs a road-scanning camera to help the vehicle anticipate and compensate for potholes. Of course.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the Ghost will return 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Once we get a chance, we’ll put the Ghost through our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test and update this story with the results. For more information about the Ghost’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Like the cabin of any Rolls-Royce, the new Ghost’s is opulent, with every surface, knob, switch, and lever crafted from quality materials. Think thick carpet, finely grained leather, real wood and metal accents, and even an available headliner with tiny integrated LEDs to simulate a starlit sky. An illuminated dashboard inlay glows when the driver turns on the Ghost, adding to the starry-night ambiance. Rear-seat passengers are treated to such luxuries as massaging seats, an entertainment system, and acres of legroom. It’s nothing less than expected for a car in the same class as the Bentley Flying Spur and the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-class.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Along with providing a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Ghost features a large infotainment touchscreen with in-dash navigation. Though not confirmed, we expect it also includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces. A dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to adjust the radio, input destinations into the nav, and more. Rolls-Royce also supplies an 18-speaker Bespoke stereo system with 1300 watts of power and magnesium-ceramic speaker cones.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Rolls-Royce offers a host of driver-assistance features as standard on the Ghost, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. For more information about the Ghost’s crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
- Standard adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Like the rest of the Rolls-Royce lineup, the Ghost comes with a four-year warranty and maintenance package, which doesn’t expire at a certain mileage limit.
- Limited warranty covers four years or unlimited miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or unlimited miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for four years or unlimited miles
2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost Black Badge
Vehicle Type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4- or 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 412 in3, 6749 cm3
Power: 591 hp @ 5250 rpm
Torque: 664 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm
Wheelbase: 129.7 in
Length: 218.8 in
Width: 77.9 in
Height: 61.9 in
Trunk Volume: 18 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 5500 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 4.2 sec
100 mph: 10.3 sec
Top Speed: 155 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 14/12/19 mpg