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2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/24/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost gains redesigned headlights, an updated navigation system, and a Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT), which helps scan the car's environment to enhance the car's driving dynamics.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost is a large rear-drive ultra-luxury sedan powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 generating 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque, and paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy isn't a strong point due to the car's size, at 13/21 mpg city/highway.

Overview

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost has excellent seat comfort for everyone with plenty of support up front and in the rear. Fit and finish remains impeccable with high-quality materials used throughout the entire cabin, which is swathed with leather and real metal and wood everywhere. In-car electronics have been upgraded with a rotary controller for the infotainment system that's complemented by a center touchpad. The navigation system and the transmission are also linked with the latter using road data from the former to pre-plan shifts. Power from the twin-turbo V-12 is plentiful and moves the 2015 Ghost with ease even when pushed hard. On the road, the car remains serene and comfortable with ride quality remains a strong point, staying smooth even through rough patches of road. However, the car isn't as refined as the larger Phantom because there's a noticeable amount of wind noise entering the cabin.

What We Think

The 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost remains an excellent car for the one percent, with its opulent (though not perfect) interior and impeccable cabin appointments. In a First Drive review, we said that the Ghost is a true Rolls-Royce with the build quality, prestige, performance and opulence you'd expect but in a smaller package. Changes for the 2015 model year gave the car a host of useful electronic features such as a variation of the BMW Group's iDrive system that's been reskinned for use in Rolls-Royce models. However, we also noted in the First Drive review that the Ghost isn't as quiet as the larger Phantom because there's a noticeable amount of wind noise entering the cabin. Additionally, in a comparison test against the Bentley Flying Spur, we noted that the Ghost—like the Bentley—had cheap plastic bits inside the cabin "that would embarrass a Toyota." However, the Rolls-Royce won because it was able to catch the attention of the public due to its outrageously loud blue and silver two-tone exterior paint.

You'll Like

  • Comfortable cabin
  • Strong twin-turbo V-12 engine
  • Silky smooth ride

You Won't Like

  • Gas guzzler
  • Surprising amount of wind noise entering the cabin
  • A few interior bits are made of cheap plastics

Key Competitors

  • Bentley Flying Spur
  • Mercedes-Maybach S600
  • BMW 760Li
  • Audi A8 L
  • Maserati Quattroporte

Rating

4 star

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