Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost Looks Scary Good.

"Shanghai 2009: Rolls-Royce ditches RR4 for Ghost nameplate

by Damon Lavrinc on Apr 20th 2009 at 3:58AM

At the Shanghai Motor Show this morning, Rolls-Royce finally put the temporary RR4 moniker to rest by officially naming its new Flying Spur-fighting sedan the "Ghost". Shown in concept form as the 200EX at last month's Geneva Motor Show, the Ghost will be built later this year on a separate assembly line at the automaker's newly expanded Goodwood facility, where it will share paint, wood and leather with its flagship brother, the Phantom. The Ghost is built using 20% of the parts from the recent BMW 7 series platform and will be equipped with a 500+ hp, twin-turbocharged V12 mated to an eight-speed transmission. Expect sales to begin in late 2009, with coupe and convertible variants to follow in the next two to three years.


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced the name for its new model series which until now has been known as RR4. The name was announced by CEO, Tom Purves at a press conference held at the Shanghai motor show.

The new car will be called the Rolls-Royce Ghost and production will begin at the company's Goodwood manufacturing facility on the south coast of England later in 2009.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, Tom Purves, said, "We are delighted to formally announce the Rolls-Royce Ghost. It is one of the most revered names in the automotive industry, evoking images of adventure and technical innovation. The name reflects this new model's breadth of abilities. The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for impressive dependability and refinement but also great flair and style. This car will be the first in a new generation of models to carry this evocative name and will give us two pinnacle product lines – Phantom and Ghost.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost will be built on its own dedicated production line at Goodwood but will share paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series of cars. Rolls-Royce has expanded all areas of its manufacturing facility over the last 18 months to prepare for the introduction of the Ghost model."

Information Courtesy Of: Autoblog.Com

CHRIS LIVE AKA SHAKER SAYS: In spite of what Y.O.U. may have been erroneously lead to believe by non-conformist (READ: Good) nouveau riche (READ: Not so good) rappers, exemplary feats of automobile aristocracy such as the Maybach and the Rolls-Royce Phantom were actually designed with the passenger in mind. Yes, these venerable vehicles possess both a power and a prestige that make them a joy to actually get behind the wheel of and drive, however, the real luxury in these whips lies just beyond the cockpit in the sumptuously carpeted cabins of these modern day chariots. Now, far be it from me to suggest that all Maybachs and/or Phantoms be chauffeur driven - that is not my intention. On the contrary, Livestyle is in the high end business of providing information, making distinctions and clearly delineating a measure of greatness to which we can all aspire. With that said, if Y.O.U. really want to tear the road up, the 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost is where it's @ my nigga.

This latest reincarnation of the classic Rolls-Royce Ghost (NOTE: The actual name "Silver Ghost" refers to both the original 1906 car model and to one specific car from that series which predates the introduction of the "Phantom" range by nearly 2 decades) model is based largely on the current BMW 7 Series platform, yet, still maintains the marquee's signature silhouette albeit in a much slimmer streamlined profile than that of the Phantom.

Featured previously here (Can Y.O.U. say "early"? LOL.) as the "RR4" concept, the word is that this "baby" Rolls will have a big boy V-12 cylinder 6.6 liter engine with upwards of 500 horsepower. Did I mention that this is Rolls-Royce's "entry-level" sedan, meaning that this is poised to be their "economy" car? LOL. Yeah, $300,000 aint too steep - relatively speaking of course ... lol. Hey, have I ever allowed price to determine to what spectacular heights I set my ambitious sights? Exactly, and neither should Y.O.U. my friend. This is Livestyle.

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