First Look: 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

By Author: Harvey Briggs, Date: Sep 01, 2020

Ghost is Rolls-Royce oldest nameplate. It actually first came into use in 1907 to describe the silent operation of a uniquely painted 40/50 model commissioned by the company’s Managing Director, Claude Johnson, when the press dubbed that car, “Silver Ghost.” So when the a new Ghost appears, it’s news.

The original “Silver Ghost”

Rolls-Royce revealed images and a few today of the latest generation Ghost and is new from the ground up. According to Engineering Lead, Jon Simms, “The only things that aren’t new are the umbrellas in the door and the Spirit of Ecstasy on the hood.”

Ghost is built on a modified version of the Architecture of Luxury that underpins Phantom and Cullinan and its appearance is a little more sporting than its predecessor for a reason. Research found that more and more people are choosing to drive their Ghost rather than be driven. According to Lead Exterior Designer, Henry Cloke, “We knew we wanted this car to be a bit more dynamic, that more people will be driving it themselves, so when you see the face of the car, it’s in no way aggressive, but you have a slightly more assertive expression. It also has a wider stance so it really looks like a car you want to drive.”

We’ll be driving it in a few weeks, so you’ll have to wait until then to find out how the 6.75-liter twin turbocharged V12, new adaptive suspension, and other updates improve the experience. Until then you’ll just have to gaze at these images they’ve released and wonder.

Harvey Briggs

Harvey Briggs is the Founder, Editor, and Publisher of Rides & Drives. He has also written for Car and Driver, Winding Road, and the luxury lifestyle blog, His passions run from fast cars, small planes, boats and motorcycles to music, travel, and sports. When he's not on the road testing the latest cars, he been known to turn up on stage playing rock and blues guitar at clubs around his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Follow Harvey's adventures on Instagram and Twitter @harvey_drives and find him on Facebook. Though keeping up could be a problem. As Harvey says, "If I don't slow down, time can't catch me."

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