The Rolls-Royce Ghost’s list price is only the starting point. When we last reviewed the Ghost, our test car came complete with nearly £29,000 worth of options – and there are 5 Series that cost that much. Then again, it doesn’t take much for the numbers to tot up.
We expect the Ghost to have very strong residual values, with initial demand likely to far outstrip what remains, by any normal standard, a very limited supply. Initial estimates suggest a Ghost will hold on to around 60 percent of its value after three years, a seriously impressive return.
As for running costs, the Ghost is bad but perhaps not quite as bad as you might think. Officially, at least, it uses less fuel than the normally aspirated and substantially less powerful Phantom, and overall we coaxed 18.5mpg from the Ghost – not too far from the 20.8mpg official average. The long wheelbase car's official figures are only marginally lower than the standard car's, so we'd expect broadly similar results.
However, what we would like to have seen is a tank capacity above its 82 litres; that’s fine for a 730d, but for a car such as this, something nearer the 100 litres you can pour into a Phantom would be more appropriate – you’ll struggle to get 300 miles out of a single tank in a Ghost.
Besides, progress in this car is not something that you’re going to want to interrupt. Sound sources from wind, road and engine have been all but banished, leaving a car that’s as refined as you’d expect a Rolls to be.