The final road trials in Europe of Rolls-Royce’s new Ghost-based coupé are ongoing. This is the first ‘performance’ model to bear the Flying Lady ornament for over the past 50 years. Spy images of the car were taken while testing. It’s believed that this spied model, the fastest production Rolls ever made, will probably already be how the production model would appear.
This new model is being positioned to compete with the cars recently launched by Bentley and Aston Martin that offer increasingly more power. So far, Rolls-Royce has denied reports that it is caught up in a race to achieve the highest power with other major automakers. A tuned version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost saloon’s turbocharged 6.6-litre V12 will power the new coupé.
Its power is given a boost from the standard 531bhp of the Ghost to about 600bhp, says Autocar. It will get a proportional increase in torque. Power is distributed to the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
To go with the high power and performance of the coupé are improvements to the brakes, tyres and suspension that are slightly sports-orientated. However, the engineers of Rolls-Royce have been careful about keeping the refinement and luxury expected from a marque. Just like all other Rolls-Royce models, its top speed is limited to 155mph.
However, the coupé’s capabilities to sprint from zero to 100mph are much greater than expected. It’s also superior to the very quick Ghost saloon. According to its engineers, the driver will be able to observe higher agility due to the company’s tauter suspension, larger tyres, limited weight and size and a chassis lowered by 10mm.
It’s expected that the Ghost coupé will be shorter by about 200mm overall (at around 5200mm) if the automaker maintained the proportional differences of the Phantom saloon and Phantom coupé. About 180mm will be taken off the saloon’s 3295mm wheelbase. It is estimated that the kerb weight would be 200kg lower than the standard saloon, to about 2300kg.