Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has unveiled the new Ghost Extended, offering the indulgence of enhanced rear seating space with no compromise on Ghost’s driving dynamics.
“The New Ghost is the result of in-depth dialogue with Rolls-Royce’s diverse and global customer base,” Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös said. “Many of them asked the marque to create a motor car that provides the indulgence of enhanced rear space within the interior suite with no compromise to driving dynamics.
“The Ghost Extended answers this customer demand by creating a product that augments both their business and lifestyle requirements.”
The Ghost Extended is the product of an exhaustive process of consultation with a new generation of Rolls-Royce clients.
This global, dynamic group of entrepreneurs expressed a desire for a chauffeur-driven business tool for the week that can transform into a comfortable and self-driven saloon at the weekend.
The Ghost Extended is the response.
First customer deliveries will be made in the fourth quarter of 2020.
The Ghost Extended offers 170mm more space than the Ghost, providing more rear legroom than any four-seat sedan with the exception of a Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended.
Customer centricity has informed every step of the development process.
A key learning was that Ghost Extended customers wanted no compromise to the Ghost’s pure, minimalist design.
The marque’s designers worked to cloak the extra length by only extending the rear door and body around the rear door apertures, preserving the lines of the car.
A suite of enhancements to the rear of the cabin reflects the Ghost Extended’s flexibility.
For the first time, a reclining “Serenity Seat” can be selected, offering a new dimension of rear seat comfort akin to a business jet cabin environment.
The rear cabin also provides the perfect environment to transition from business to leisure.
The Ghost is the most technologically-advanced Rolls-Royce ever created.
For the Ghost Extended’s entrepreneurial customers, access to Wi-Fi and cutting-edge infotainment systems is essential for use during the business day.
However, technological functions have been deployed with care to reflect customer demand for a serene environment, free from unnecessary distractions.
The commitment to delivering a pure, detoxifying space extends to the air within the cabin. To deliver this, the Ghost is equipped with a new ‘Micro-Environment Purification System’ (MEPS).
This technology enhances existing air filtration systems through software and hardware.
Highly sensitive “Impurity Detection Sensors” detect ambient air quality, automatically activating fresh air intakes into “Recirculation Mode”.
If unacceptable levels of airborne contaminants are detected, the air is passed through a nanofleece filter that is capable of removing nearly all ultra-fine particles within the cabin in less than two minutes.
A suite of technologies enhances the driving experience in urban and country settings.
This includes laser headlights with more than 600m of illuminated range and key safety enhancements, including vision assist with day and night-time wildlife and pedestrian warning, alertness assistant, a four-camera system with panoramic view, all round-visibility and helicopter view, active cruise control, collision warning, cross traffic warning, and lane departure and lane change warning.
An industry-leading 7x3 high definition heads-up display and self-park ensures absolute effortlessness whatever the driving conditions.
The Ghost Extended is built on the “Architecture of Luxury”, Rolls-Royce’s proprietary all-aluminium spaceframe that underpins every new Rolls-Royce model.
The marque’s hallmark “Magic Carpet Ride” is delivered by a new “Planar Suspension System”, the result of more than 10 years’ exhaustive testing and refinement by specialist engineers.
Featuring continuously variable, electronically-controlled shock absorbers, self-levelling high-volume air strut assemblies, and a world-first upper wishbone damper, this technology has never been previously applied to a production motor car.
The Ghost Extended also benefits from all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering for the first time.
Power is provided by a 6.75-litre twin turbocharged engine developed exclusively for the Ghost.
It produces 571PS and 850Nm of torque.
The requirement for silence when travelling is answered through 100kg of acoustic damping materials incorporated into the chassis, bodywork and tyres, delivering exhilarating performance without disturbing the serenity within.
The pursuit of design simplicity requires highly-complex engineering and craft techniques.
For example, sophisticated bodywork forms are only achievable through advanced generative design and 3D printing.
This is the first time this technology has been incorporated within a component production facility and combined with Rolls-Royce’s craft and engineering competencies.
For the Ghost Extended, beam-melted metal components are welded to the body-in-white, while parts made by multi-jet fusion and selective laser sintering are individually fitted at the Home of Rolls-Royce.
More traditional craft is given a contemporary expression through the introduction of two new wood finishes, developed especially for the Ghost.
Obsidian Ayous is inspired by the rich palette of colours found in igneous rocks, while Dark Amber has veins of fine aluminium particles running through the wood.
Both are available in open-pore finish, allowing the tactility of the material to fully express itself.