2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost first drive review: The fun-size sedan from Rolls

Interior wood in the Rolls-Royce Ghost is similarly selected and processed. Only veneer from one tree is used in any car, not only matching grain throughout the interior, but also that it ages and colors at the same rate. Five layers of lacquer are applied to the hand- milled and sanded parts.

2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2011 Rolls-Royce Ghost (click to enlarge)

Says Rolls, ” Passing through 60 pairs of hands, the production process involves more than 2,000 individual operations and takes at least 20 days to complete.” That seems an understatement somehow, considering the final product.

It’s reflected in the price of a Rolls-Royce Ghost, which without options is $245,000, a mere pittance compared to the $380,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom.  On the other hand, a Silver Satin finish on the grille, hood and windshield surround, is optional, for example, though not on our test Ghost. Another option is “Theater Configuration”, which allows backseat control of all vehicle functions not directly related to driving the car, ideal for the man who has yielded all facets of his life to his mother-in-law, or perhaps has a chauffeur. All up, a Rolls-Royce Ghost can tip the cash register at about $320,000.

All said, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is an automobile–or motor car, in Rolls parlance–easily used for everyday driving. It’s silent to drive, even under full acceleration, and fairly flows down the road.  It’s the second chassis, all new for the Ghost, developed since BMW snared the Rolls-Royce brand, and by any other measure than compared to Phantom, it’s a large car. A bit large, of course, for most Halloween candy bag but in this case, there’s no trick to the treat of the fun-sized Rolls-Royce Ghost.