2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost offers the utmost in luxury and comfort. All models of this dramatically styled coupe come with a 624-hp V-12 engine, rear-hinged doors, and the signature Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament.
The model’s styling has evolved for the 2021 model year, but it still looks quite handsome. Unlike the last generation, which shared its underpinnings with the more mainstream BMW 7-series, the new Ghost rolls on the same Architecture of Luxury that’s used in the Phantom sedan and Cullinan SUV.
The 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is new from the ground up and comes packed with fancier appointments and more modern technology than before.
Although it’s undergone a massive overhaul for 2021, the Ghost is still powered by a familiar engine. Under the sedan’s long hood is a 563-hp 6.7-liter V-12 that is shared with the Cullinan SUV.
An eight-speed automatic handles shifting duties, and all-wheel drive is standard. According to Rolls-Royce, the 2021 Ghost is capable of hitting 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, and we’re looking forward to verifying that claim at our test track.
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost also boasts that the new Ghost offers a sharper driving demeanor than the last model, pointing to the all-wheel-steering system and 50/50 weight distribution as evidence that driving satisfaction played a significant role in the car’s development.
The Ghost provides a peerless ride thanks to its standard adaptive suspension that employs a road-scanning camera to help the vehicle anticipate and compensate for potholes.
ENERGY AND REAL-WORLD MPG
The EPA estimates that the Ghost will return 12 mpg in the city and 19 mpg on the highway. Once we get a chance, we’ll put the Ghost through our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test and update this story with results. For more information about the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
INTERIOR, CONVENIENCE, AND BOOTH
Like the cabin of any Rolls-Royce, the new 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost is opulent inside, with every surface, knob, switch, and lever crafted from quality materials. Trying to stand out from competitors like the Bentley Flying Spur and the Mercedes-Benz S-class, Rolls-Royce has pulled out all the stops.
Think thick carpet, finely grained leather, real wood and metal accents, and even an available headliner with tiny integrated LEDs to simulate a starlit sky.
An illuminated dashboard inlay glows when the driver turns on the Ghost, adding to the starry-night ambiance. The best seat in the house will be the rear, where passengers are treated to such luxuries as massaging seats, an entertainment system, and acres of legroom.
IN-VEHICLE INFOTAINMENT AND INTERCONNECTIONS
Along with providing a Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost features a large infotainment touchscreen with in-dash navigation. Though not confirmed, we expect it will also include both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces.
A dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system allows passengers to adjust the radio, input destinations into the nav, and more. Rolls-Royce also supplies an 18-speaker Bespoke stereo system with 1300 watts of power and magnesium-ceramic speaker cones.
PROTECTION AND DRIVER-ASSISTANCE ASPECTS
Rolls-Royce has stepped up its driver-assistance game with the 2021 Ghost. The outgoing model offered few such features, but the new one has made leaps and bounds in this category.
For more information about the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.