Every once in a while a car comes along that makes you wonder if you’ve been driving yours the right way. Rolls-Royce is in peak form at the moment having sold more cars last year—3,630—than it has ever done in a year prior. One might think that manufacturing extravagantly luxurious vehicles for the top 1% of the world’s elite would be a risky business strategy, but Rolls-Royce is not about risk. The company has made an art form out of crafting mobile opulence, and a particularly adroit example of that is the new Ghost Extended Wheelbase.
The Ghost is Rolls-Royce’s bridge between the spry Wraith and imperious Phantom. It debuted in 2010 and released the accompanying extended wheelbase version in 2011. Although you can technically drive any Rolls-Royce for yourself, the Ghost is really the largest you can go before chauffeurs begin to line up outside your front door with résumés and references in hand. And large is really the point when you come to a vehicle with reference to its size in the name.
The Ghost EW is a four-door sedan that was already quite long in its original form at approximately 17 feet. The EW version adds an extra 6.7 inches to that, all of which is chiefly felt in the rear seating area. Whereas before it was cavernous, now there are actual postcards being made so that visiting tourists can prove that they have seen a grand canyon for themselves.
Lest this additional girth make you wonder if the Ghost’s engine can handle the load, the 575 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 rpm means that the 6.6-liter V-12 is highly responsive to driver input. A gauge on the dashboard gives a digital readout of how much power is available to draw upon at any given moment, and if the vehicle’s 563 horsepower sounds insufficient, the new V-Specification option will raise your total horsepower to 593.
For a full review of the Ghost Extended Wheelbase, we would refer you to an excellent write-up at The New York Times. You can also make reservations online for a personal showing of any Rolls-Royce vehicle at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Raleigh.