Rolls-Royce has made yet another bold statement with the release of its Ghost version for the calendar year 2022. The 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan lives up to that uncompromising luxury ethos and blends in a few surprises along the way. It shares its platform with the flagship Phantom sedan and the Cullinan SUV, which helps it provide a peerless ride quality that’s on par with the best the brand has to offer. A smooth and whisper-quiet V-12 engine provides seemingly endless power, and the Ghost’s cabin—decked out with only the finest leathers, fabrics, woods, and metals—serves as a palatial oasis from the rigors of affluence and celebrity.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost is powered by 563-hp 6.7-liter V-12 that is shared with the Cullinan SUV; Black Badge models get a boost in power to 592 hp. An eight-speed automatic handles shifting duties, and all-wheel drive is standard. According to Rolls-Royce, the 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.
Rolls-Royce 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.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates that the 2022 Rolls-Royce 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 Ghost’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Like the cabin of any Rolls-Royce, the new 2022 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 is in the rear, where passengers are treated to such luxuries as massaging seats, an entertainment system, and acres of legroom.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Along with providing a Wi-Fi hotspot, the Ghost features a large infotainment touchscreen with in-dash navigation. Though not confirmed, we expect it also includes 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.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Rolls-Royce offers a host of driver-assistance features as standard on the Ghost, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist. For more information about the Ghost’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ESTIMATED BASE PRICE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
412 in3, 6749 cm3
563 hp @ 5000 rpm
627 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
Wheelbase: 129.7 in
Length: 218.3 in
Height: 61.9 in
Trunk volume: 18 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 5700 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 4.3 sec
100 mph: 10.4 sec
1/4 mile: 12.7 sec
Top speed: 155 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 14/12/19 mpg