Power comes from an all-new 6.6-litre turbocharged V12
21 July 2009

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that its upcoming Ghost will be powered by an all-new turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 engine.

The Ghost, which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September, will produce 563bhp and 575lb ft of torque at 1500rpm, while 0-60mph will take 4.7sec. The car's top speed will be capped at 155mph and the V12 will be mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.

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Helmut Riedl, Rolls-Royce director of engineering, said, “First and foremost Ghost is a Rolls-Royce. This means that despite its extraordinary performance figures, it has been engineered for effortless composure and refined power delivery. This is illustrated by the significant levels of low-down torque available, which makes pulling away very smooth and for an exceptionally relaxed driving experience.

“Rolls-Royce power is entirely different to anything else in the automotive world. It is delivered free from stress and exertion but at the same time it must engage the driver. Ghost is about finger-tip control while still enjoying a dynamic connection with the road.

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“Equally, passengers need to be cosseted from the physical sensations of acceleration, braking and cornering. Our chassis set-up keeps Ghost stable and flat, preventing it from wallowing or pitching in the corners or imposing undesirable forces on those inside.”

Rolls-Royce has also confirmed the Ghost will ride on an intelligent four-corner air suspension system using multi-link aluminium front and rear axles

The first examples are set to be delivered to its first customers early next year, with prices starting at £165,000.

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