2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase (EWB) in the works

Article by Christian A., on November 13, 2010

Details about the 2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost Extended Wheelbase (EWB) are few but recently, spy shots have been taken in Germany of this remarkable vehicle. What is known so far is that the EWB features modified B-pillars and longer rear doors.

If the Ghost EWB is similar to the Phantom EWB, it will have a 250mm (9.8") stretch that means the car will be 5649mm (222.4") long with a 3545mm (139.6") wheelbase. If this information is accurate, this means that the Ghost EWB will be slightly shorter than the standard Phantom that measures 5840mm (229.9") long and rides on a 3570mm (140.6") wheelbase.

What this also indicates is that the Ghost EWB is slotted between the Bentley Mulsanne and the Rolls-Royce Phantom. The vehicle will be powered by a turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine with 563 bhp (420 kW / 570 PS) and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft) of torque.

It will be equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, which will enable the Ghost to do a 0-60 mph sprint in about five seconds before reaching a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

For the Ghost’s extended wheelbase, Rolls-Royce set out to highlight the aura of serene confidence and tact maintained by thoughtfully balancing those iconic brand traits with an inside saturated with natural lighting, pampering occupants in luxury while sheltering them from outside hustle.

The first vehicles that wore the Ghost title at the beginning of the 20th century were famous for not just being durable, but also for sophistication, elegance, and flair, in which occupants relished the finest in built in luxuries. In creating a 21st-century Ghost, the Rolls-Royce team of designers maintained these overarching ideals.

Nevertheless, the goal was to create a more modern, less formal design that would broaden the attractiveness of the Rolls-Royce name. This led to Ghost, an awesome design, constructing simplicity from complexity, a recurring motif in the Rolls-Royce Ghost’s extended wheelbase.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost’s extended wheelbase keeps a strong silhouette, with continuous lines pronounced with by regal 'yacht line' style. Large unbroken surfaces as well as strong haunches and flanks indicate the vehicle's undeniable dynamic competence and the added 170 mm only enhances the automobile’s already formidable presence. It is a harmonic exterior image with the rear doors only 35 mm lengthier than the front doors.

Rolls-Royce genetics stream through the Ghost’s extended wheelbase beginning with a raised row, elongated bonnet, and shortened front overhang, down to its sophisticated tail. Modern styling details affirm the Rolls-Royce credentials further. These include self-correcting wheel centres, door-mounted Teflon-coated umbrellas in front, and a contemporary interpretation of the iconic Rolls-Royce grille, with sides arched in and vanes positioned back into the opening, resembling a jet intake.

From the outside, the extended wheelbase further differentiates itself by having an additional newly forged wheel, enhancing the model's distinct personality.

Getting into the vehicle through its stretched doors that can open to 89 degrees is painless and instantly creates a serene wave over the occupants. Those who already have experience with the Ghost's ample cabin may be surprised at first by the interior of the Ghost’s extended wheelbase, as it offers a much bigger feeling of scale than an added 170 mm would imply.

There is significantly more leg room, with more knee room (from 160 to 330 mm). It is this that should appeal to the many Ghost consumers who treasure added room and comfort in the rear seating area, much on the same scale as enjoying the vehicle’s vibrant performance.

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