Rolls-Royce Gives up Ghost Details

As it prepares to show its new Ghost next week in Frankfurt, the prestigious British automaker offered up a host of new images and specs on its upcoming "Baby Rolls" model. Designed to be a scaled-down, more driver-oriented and a more affordable package than the flagship Phantom sedan, the production Ghost is a virtual clone of the 200EX Concept that Rolls-Royce showed in Geneva this spring. Although arguably better proportioned and offering a bit more contemporary styling flair, the Ghost still bears an unmistakable family resemblance to its senior family member, right down to its rear-hinged "coach doors." That kinship also carries to its interior treatment, although Rolls claims that despite being some 16 inches shorter than a Phantom, its cabin offers virtually the same passenger space. Mechanically, the new Ghost shares a good bit of fundamental platform design with the BMW 7 Series, the flagship offering of its parent company. Powering the Ghost is a 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged and direct-injected V12 whose output Rolls has now officially confirmed will be a stout 570 horses and 575 lb-ft of torque. All of that might gets shipped to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF transmission and is reportedly sufficient motivation to send this 5,386-pound luxury liner from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Euro sales of the Ghost will start later this year with U.S. cars set to arrive in the spring of 2010.

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