Autocar editor Chas Hallett samples two of the finer things in life
20 February 2010

Autocar editor Chas Hallett has back-to-back tested the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Phantom, ahead of a feature that will appear in next week's magazine.

You can see some of the exclusive pictures from the test by following the link below:

See the Rolls-Royce Ghost v Phantom pictures

Blogging following the test, Hallett wrote: "What staggered me was just how different the Ghost feels to the Phantom. And those differences are apparent from the second you slide into the driver’s seat.

"You sit far lower in the Ghost, and far snugger too. Yes, you're still sitting higher than in most saloons, but it feels far more conventional than the Phantom’s imperious driving position - which still feels totally unique. As does its control layout. The Ghost’s cabin looks and feels exceptional but there are still myriad more buttons on display than in the bigger car.

Read Steve Cropley's Rolls-Royce Ghost video

Rolls-Royce Ghost on video

"Away from the kerb there are huge differences too. The lighter, more powerful Ghost has an accelerative urge that the Phantom can’t even hope to match. It also feels a good deal more nimble on tight, twisty roads."

"On plenty of road surfaces it rides just as well too. But the Phantom is simply about being the best riding car on the planet, and on really broken surfaces and over expansion joints it can still show the Ghost a thing or two about bump absorbtion and noise suppression."

Rolls-Royce Ghost links

Read the full Chas Hallett blog - Rolls-Royce Ghost v PhantomRead Steve Cropley's Rolls-Royce Ghost videoRolls-Royce Ghost on videoRolls-Royce plans Ghost concepts

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20 February 2010

That there is the best vehicle in the world.

20 February 2010

They are both absolutely stunning, when you look at the Phantom grille it is pretty much unchanged from the original RR grilles, it must have been a very difficult task modernising it & making a modern interpretation, but I think the grille on the Ghost succeeds admirably, it looks much more modern but it is still unmistakeably a Rolls Royce.

The key to them both is the simplicity of the styling, I have said this on another thread, they have perfect proportions & simple clean lines, they dont rely on fussy detailing, exaggerated creases, wheelarches etc, they just look... right.

currently a happy owner of a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin :)

20 February 2010

They're not stunning. They're incredibly naff. The best thing to do with them is paint them pink like the one out of Thunderbirds. They'll be bought by people who think the smartest thing in the world is to send their daughter to the prom in a stretched Hummer with fairy lights.

If you really want an incredibly high class, understated and beautifully crafted luxury car, get a Bristol.

20 February 2010

[quote Chris576] If you really want an incredibly high class, understated and beautifully crafted luxury car, get a Bristol. [/quote] its not April 1st is it? come on you cant be serious ok the Rolls may well be in your face but you can dispute how good it is! i'd still rather have a new Mulsanne though

R32

20 February 2010

This is just a recycled article from earlier in the week - a new Autocar trick to create "news" from non-events.

20 February 2010

[quote R32]This is just a recycled article from earlier in the week - a new Autocar trick to create "news" from non-events.[/quote]

You don't pay to read this website, so why bitch about articles?

Good to know I will have 2 cars on my drive when the Euromillions' ship comes sailing in.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

20 February 2010

Why are the all new “BMW” Rollers so hideously vulgar. It must be the proletariat in me but I’d rather save a shed load of dosh and buy an honest, down-to-earth Skoda Superb!

20 February 2010

The photo editor needs shooting. "Chas Hallet drives the Ghost", come on, it says Phantom on the glove box!

Jonathan

20 February 2010

They are both absolutely exquisite. Glorious cars.

20 February 2010

[quote Chris576]

They're not stunning. They're incredibly naff. The best thing to do with them is paint them pink like the one out of Thunderbirds. They'll be bought by people who think the smartest thing in the world is to send their daughter to the prom in a stretched Hummer with fairy lights.

If you really want an incredibly high class, understated and beautifully crafted luxury car, get a Bristol.

[/quote] +1

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