Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös believes his Goodwood-based company needs “one or two more” Ghost offshoots to complete its model range.
However, the firm is unlikely ever to build any short-run super-expensive specials — in the style of Ferrari’s limited-build Enzo — because they might not meet its current cars’ high standards, and because its existing bespoke business already gives owners the flexibility they need.
Speaking to Autocar, Müller-Ötvös denies Rolls will ever “chase volume” but revealed that it expects to improve on last year’s record sales of 3538 with a figure “closer to 4000”.
Last year’s deliveries improved by 31 per cent, augmented by strong Ghost sales, and beat the previous sales record of 3347 set by the Silver Shadow II in 1978. Demand for new cars continues to be strongest in China, Müller-Ötvös says, with deliveries there just exceeding those for a reviving US market.
The proposed Ghost-based models are believed to be in addition to the high performance Ghost-based coupé, understood to have a unique name, which will make its debut at next March’s Geneva motor show.
The car, believed to have its power boosted to around 600bhp, sits on a shorter wheelbase and has lowered, sports-oriented suspension.