Rolls-Royce Resurrects a Ghost for the 21st Century

By Editors on April 24, 2009 11:37 AM
Ending months of intrigue, Rolls-Royce has finally confirmed that its new "baby" sedan will carry one of the most revered names in the marque's storied history. Codenamed RR4 and shown in prototype form at Geneva and New York as the 200EX, this most "affordable" Rolls will be called the Ghost -- a designation first used by the automaker on cars it produced between 1906 and 1925. Unlike the originals, which used 40/50-horsepower inline-six cylinder engines, the new Ghost will be powered by a 500-plus-horse twin-turbo V12 sourced from its parent company BMW and change gears using an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. At the Shanghai Auto Show, Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves also confirmed that the 2010 Ghost will be built on its own dedicated production line at Goodwood, but share paint, wood and leather workshops with the larger Phantom series cars. Rolls-Royce has expanded all areas of its manufacturing facility over the last 18 months to prepare for the introduction of this new sub-$200,000 model, which is already in trial production.