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 |  Feb 26 2014, 8:16 AM

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Teaser

A teaser image and a single sentence is all that Rolls-Royce suggest that the company plans to reveal an updated version of the Ghost sedan next week in Geneva.

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 |  Jan 06 2014, 8:02 AM

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Rolls-Royce Germany has unveiled a special edition V-Spec model equipped with various upgrades and a boost in performance.

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 |  Nov 04 2013, 10:00 AM

Rolls-Royce-Wraith-Drophead-Coupe-Main-ArtA Drophead Coupe version of the Rolls-Royce Wraith is on its way, but don’t expect this ultra-luxury convertible to launch any time soon.

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 |  Apr 26 2013, 11:23 AM

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Rolls-Royce is planning a facelift for its smaller Ghost model, as spy photos are showing here today.

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 |  Apr 18 2013, 4:17 PM

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Rally racing in a Rolls-Royce? Not bloody likely. At least not in anything the brand builds today, but that wasn’t always the case.

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 |  Apr 15 2013, 7:01 PM

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Rolls-Royce has supplied a custom Ghost Extended Wheelbase to support FAB1 Million and Breast Cancer Care.

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 |  Mar 28 2013, 4:02 PM

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Satellite-aided transmissions, a sparkling headliner and wood panels that look richer than Warren Buffett are making their U.S. debut inside the Rolls-Royce Wraith today at the 2013 New York Auto Show.

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 |  Dec 14 2012, 9:31 AM

10. Honda Integra Type-R


Forget the 12 days of Christmas. This is the seven days of dream garages.

Trading partridges in pear trees for horsepower in sexy sheetmetal, starting today each AutoGuide editor will reveal their list of the 10 cars we’ll be asking Santa for this year, giving a little insight into our automotive preferences.

Now 10 may seem like a lot to have in a dream garage, but narrowing down the list is harder than you think. When you’re dreaming, you want to dream big – but when it comes down to it, you start to think hard about which cars you realistically want to have.

So to kick things off, my list starts off with a Japan-spec Honda Integra Type-R. I can already hear what you’re thinking, “Wait, what? A dream car list and one of them is a Honda?”

Well, you know the saying: You never forget your first love.

Powered by a high-revving 1.8-liter B-series engine, the Type-R is one of the most balanced, best-handling front-wheel drive cars ever made. Its rarity in America has turned it into a collectible, and finding a mint condition one in today’s market is nearly impossible.

In fact, finding a low mileage Type-R will cost you nearly what the vehicle’s MSRP was when it first came out – if not more. So why not the Acura model? Well, I’ve always had a soft spot for the design on the Japan-only front end on the Integra, it’s simply a design that can hold its own even with today’s modern cars.

 |  Nov 13 2012, 1:05 PM

Inspired by the stories of “The Arabian Nights Entertainment,” Rolls-Royce has launched a special edition Ghost collection featuring two-tone paint schemes with subtle accents.

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 |  Oct 29 2012, 2:25 PM

The Rolls-Royce Ghost has been a fine addition to the British automaker’s luxurious lineup, and for the 2013 model year, Rolls-Royce added some subtle enhancements to its high-powered sedan.

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 |  Jul 24 2012, 11:31 AM

The Rolls-Royce Ghost lineup is growing, and a new coupe version known as the Corniche that is coming in 2014 was just caught testing by our spy photographers. 

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 |  Jun 27 2012, 2:32 PM

Ultra-luxury brand Rolls-Royce is appointing a new design director in a move that will usher Ian Cameron out and with him the designs that have come to be synonymous with the marque’s style.

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 |  Mar 11 2012, 7:33 PM

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It may seem that Rolls-Royce only cared about its Phantom Series II debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but the British luxury automaker had a bespoke, two-tone Ghost well hidden in their exclusive on-stand guest lounge.

It was one of the first examples of a two-tone Rolls-Royce Ghost, a bespoke option that will be offered for the first time this year thanks to the popularity of two-tone Phantoms. The two-tone Ghost that was in Geneva was finished in Infinity Black and Cassiopeia Silver upper two-tone. Inside is seashell headlining and black leather with black-stained ash veneer, further accented by steel pinstripes. For floor mats, Rolls-Royce only offers the most luxurious lambswool mat.

The Ghost pictured above has been commissioned by a client in the Middle East, featuring a Baynunah Brown with Arizona Sun two-tone. A gold-plated Spirit of Ecstasy with double coach-line in gold finish off the bespoke design.

“Whether Ghost or Phantom, any Rolls-Royce is a work of art, taking its place in our clients’ luxury collections alongside yachts, helicopters and fine jewellery,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “So I am delighted that we are now able to offer two-tone options for Ghost as well as for Phantom, features that once again extend the palette upon which a Rolls-Royce masterpiece can be painted.”

GALLERY: Two-Tone Rolls-Royce Ghost

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 |  Jan 24 2012, 3:15 PM

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It turns out that owning a Rolls-Royce isn’t rare enough on it’s own for the majority of people buying these ultra-luxury cars.

No, the people willing and able to shell out for the best of the best seem to be afraid the valet will confuse their Ghost with the others outside the country club. According to the company, 56 percent of Rolls-Royce Ghosts and Ghost Extended Wheel Base Models featured a bespoke design in 2011.

The Ghost is actually a late-comer to the bespoke game as far as the Rolls-Royce family is concerned. The company sells a healthy chunk of their cars to the Middle East, where 99 percent of Phantoms sold featured bespoke designs.

“It is always our goal to exceed our clients’ highest expectations and fulfill their innermost desires,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce CEO. “With highly bespoke Phantom and Ghost models, we are able to achieve this. The passion with which our bespoke craftspeople create these beautiful cars is reflected in some truly outstanding examples delivered across the globe last year.”

The company is on an upwardly bespoke trend: demand increased an average of almost 35 percent over the last six years worldwide. North America actually represents the most rapidly increasing demand, increasing 54 percent over that time period, though the Middle East is the highest overall with 99 percent demand for bespoke vehicles.

So what’s all this fuss about? Well, Rolls-Royce makes it their business to bend over backwards to ensure client satisfaction. Your new Rolls can come with paint of your choice, tread plates, champagne sets or even a picnic set for those balmy Sunday afternoons in the park.

GALLERY: 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

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 |  Jul 07 2011, 1:00 PM

Rolls Royce Motor Cars has experienced tremendous success, enjoying a record half-year in 2011. The British automaker has seen an increase of sales by 64 percent worldwide, compared to the same period in 2010. Within the first six months of 2011, 1592 cars have been delivered to customers, and there is continued strong demand for both the Phantom and Ghost.

Rolls Royce is experiencing growth in all regions, but there is a particularly strong demand in Asia, with sales up over 170 percent. Sales are also growing in the Middle East, up by over 40 percent and the US is also growing by a similar amount. There has also been an increase in Europe with German sales up by 60 percent.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “This is an excellent half-year result and demonstrates the confidence that our customers have in our company and our products. The first six months of the year have also seen Rolls-Royce celebrate our unique heritage, with the centenary of the Spirit of Ecstasy, and demonstrate our innovation, with the Phantom Experimental Electric, 102EX. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars continues to operate as the world’s foremost ultra luxury car manufacturer.”

 |  May 05 2011, 9:39 PM

Come on down to Crazy Nigel’s Used Cars, where we got more used and “pre-owned” Rolls-Royce models than you can shake a stick at! Hiya folks, what’ll it take you to get into this long-wheelbase Ghost? Chauffeur-driven, all city miles, and not a single scratch on its German bull-hide leather!

Rolls-Royce probably won’t hire any late-night infomercial shucksters like that to hawk their six-figure luxoboats. But for those looking to dip their toes into the Roller mystique, the company has introduced an official pre-owned service, called Rolls-Royce Provenance.

Provenance cars get a 24-month warranty, bumper-to-bumper servicing, and 24-hour roadside assistance that we like to think involves a Royal Navy ship-of-the-line and a team of tuxedoed butlers. And like most certified pre-owned programs, each car is inspected and given a full servicing by factory-trained technicians.

Rolls-Royce Provenance cars will only be available through a select number of authorized dealers. If you see a stickered LWB Phantom on a strip mall lot next to a row of 1996 Caravans, you can bet that somebody’s doing it wrong.

 |  May 11 2010, 10:03 AM

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It seems like everyone absolutely has to make an app for everything nowadays, and Rolls-Royce‘s marketing department didn’t skip a beat in jumping on the bandwagon. The free app released by Rolls-Royce gives users the ability to customize their own Rolls-Royce Ghost, similar to what is seen on their online website customization.

So if you’re looking to impress that fine lady at the bar by showing off your car, head on over to the app store and download the app and get to customizing. You’ll be able to go through 12 colors, three kinds of wheels, eight shades of leather and five types of veneer highlights. And once you pick up that dream girl by showing off your fake car, you’ll be able to hit up the convenient dealer locator to place yours on order before she finds out you’re just a fraud.

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 |  Nov 17 2009, 1:41 PM

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What better venue to host the North American debut of the Rolls-Royce Ghost than the LA Auto Show?

Detroit? Hardly!

The Ghost is the first entirely new model from Rolls-Royce since 2003, when the flagship Phantom debuted. Slightly smaller than that uber-luxury land-yacht the Ghost is still massive and excessively luxurious. It’s real claim to fame, however, might be its more performance-oriented engine, a 6.6-liter V12 that makes 563hp and 575 ft-lbs of torque at just 1500 rpm. Using a new eight-speed automatic transmission the Ghost will be able to hit 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds.

The Ghost will be available with a very long list of standard an optional equipment, including rear-seat LCD screens with fold out tables and, of course, umbrellas in the doors.

Rolls-Royce is expected to follow the same product development strategy with the Ghost as with the Phantom, so expect to hear rumors of both a coupe and a convertible starting soon.

We’ll be sure to bring you coverage of this car and all the rest with live coverage of the LA Auto Show starting December 2nd.

See AutoGuide’s Live 2009 LA Auto Show Coverage Here Starting December 2nd

GALLERY: Rolls-Royce Ghost Debut in Frankfurt

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Frankfurt 2009: Rolls-Royce Ghost World Premiere

Coupe and Convertible models expected to follow

 |  Sep 16 2009, 10:45 AM

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It isn’t every day that Rolls-Royce rolls out a new model, let alone the start of a new lineup of cars. In fact, the most luxurious luxury brand on the planet hasn’t had an entirely new model (based on a new platform), since 2003. Sure, there have been the Coupé and Drophead Coupé, but both of those models are based on the Phantom’s underpinnings.

The company’s latest model, the Ghost, has just been officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show. With definite Phantom design cues, the Ghost is a slightly smaller vehicle, but that’s not saying much.

It is, by all accounts, incredibly large and has an engine to match. Powered by a 6.6-liter V12, the Ghost makes 563hp and 575 ft-lbs of torque at just 1500 rpm. Using a new eight-speed automatic transmission the Ghost will be able to hit 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds.

The Ghost will be available with a very long list of standard an optional equipment, including rear-seat LCD screens with fold out tables and, of course, umbrellas in the doors.

Rolls-Royce is expected to follow the same product development strategy with the Ghost as with the Phantom, so expect to hear rumors of both a coupe and a convertible starting soon.

GALLERY: 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost

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 |  Apr 20 2009, 1:42 PM

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It’s official, the name for the RR4 will be the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Company CEO Tom Purves made the announcement during the Rolls-Royce press conference at the Shanghai Auto Show.

“We are delighted to formally announce the Rolls-Royce Ghost,” said Purves. It is one of the most revered names in the automotive industry, evoking images of adventure and technical innovation. The name reflects this new model’s breadth of abilities. The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for impressive dependability and refinement but also great flair and style. This car will be the first in a new generation of models to carry this evocative name and will give us two pinnacle product lines – Phantom and Ghost.

Rolls-Royce displayed the Ghost in Shanghai, although, technically speaking, the model is still the concept car (or “Design Study”), which first debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March.

Technical details on the car are still scarce but we do know it will be powered by an all-new 6.0-liter turbocharged V12 engine with more than 500hp. A new 8-speed ZF transmission will also be used. The Ghost measures 212.6-inches long, 76.7-inches wide and 61-inches high. The wheelbase is listed as 129.7-inches. The platform for the car is the same used by the new BMW 7 Series. The wheels are 20-inch units with 255/45/20 tires up front an 285/40/20 tires in the rear.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost will go into production in late 2009 as a 2010 model.

GALLERY: Rolls-Royce Ghost

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