Rolls-Royce imbues its “entry-level” car with more style and substance in the new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended, which sees the car targeting chauffeured car owners with its longer wheelbase and even more indulgent features.
Arriving just a few short weeks after the new-generation Ghost early this month, the British-luxury carmaker promises that the new Ghost version “provides enhanced rear comfort with no compromise to driving dynamics.”
According to Rolls-Royce, the Ghost Extended adds 170mm of extra length to the wheelbase, thus possessing the most rear legroom of any four-seat saloon available in the market today, with the exception of its flagship Phantom Long Wheel Base (LWB). The carmaker made an effort not to make the Ghost Extended too much of a departure from its base model, so from the outside, the only noticeable changes are the slightly longer rear door and quarter panel.
However, the interior is another story, as the rear cabin receives more than a few ‘level-ups,’ starting with the Serenity Seat that offers upscale comfort comparable to a business jet cabin environment.
There’s also a Champagne fridge tucked into the middle of the rear seats. Designed with the help of a Master Sommelier, the fridge can cool champagne to optimum serving temperatures based on the champagne’s vintage via two cooling modes.
The Ghost Extended also adds 100kg worth of acoustic dampening materials to reflect customer demand for a quieter interior environment free from the unnecessary distractions of the world outside.
And since we’re now deep in the COVID-10 era, no luxury car would be complete without advanced air purification. To deliver this, Ghost is equipped with a new Micro-Environment Purification System (MEPS) that combines the use of software and hardware to clean the Ghost’s cabin air. Highly sensitive Impurity Detection Sensors automatically activate fresh air intakes into Recirculation Mode. If unhealthy air particles are detected, a nanofleece filter removes nearly all ultra-fine particles within the cabin in less than two minutes.
Much of the rest of the Ghost Extended can be found in the standard Ghost as well, including the hi-definition head-up display, autonomous parking, four-camera system with panoramic view, and laser headlights with over 600m of illuminated range.
Powertrain is also the same, with the new Ghost running on a 6.8-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, the same one installed in the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The engine delivers 563hp and 850Nm and comes combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system, with the latter making its appearance in a Rolls-Royce sedan for the first time. Top speed is limited to 250kmph, while acceleration from 0-100kmph is a good 4.8secs.
Despite this being a new generation, Rolls-Royce managed to retain some of the signature features that made the old Ghost immensely popular, such as the power-closing suicide rear doors, now available with power-opening as well. Rotary climate control knobs also carry over from the old to the new. The brand’s hallmark ‘magic carpet ride’ is also ever-present here, a term used to describe the smooth, floating feel of the ride made possible by a “16-liter air cushion married to dampers and springs that dynamically adjust themselves every 5 milliseconds.”
Pricing for the Ghost Extended trim has not been announced yet, but it’s safe to say it’s going to cost more than what the base Rolls-Royce Ghost is worth.
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