I was behind the wheel of the 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost for about fifteen minutes before I ended up on the phone with Jalopnik alum Alanis King. It was with an immense sense of shame that I had to ask, “How do you make that flying lady’s hood ornament stand out on the Ghost?” “
“Do you mean the Spirit of Ecstasy?” “
“Of course,” I say. “I pressed all the buttons here, and I can’t figure out how to make it reappear. I don’t even know what most of these buttons do. “
Alanis burst out laughing. “There is a function for this in the infotainment system. I don’t remember exactly where, but if you play it you should find it.
I found it, hidden somewhere in an obscure settings section. This exchange would define my entire brief experience with the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Full Disclosure: Rolls-Royce brought the Ghost to the Texas Auto Writers Association Spring Roundup.
What is that
“This is not a driver’s car,” a Rolls-Royce representative warned us with a laugh before the start of Spring Roundup. “You’re probably going to like him better in the backseat.” “
And that makes it a difficult vehicle to review, which is why I structure this one a little differently than normal. Because the ghost is not a car. Not really. It’s a piece of statement. It’s a flexible. It’s not a luxury car you buy because you want to drive a luxury car, it’s a luxury car you buy because you want someone else to drive you while you sip fuel. expensive rye in your cut crystal glasses and your Rolls-Royce branded decanter in the back seat. You buy it because you want to flex. Because you want people to know you own a Rolls-Royce. Because you care less about performance and more about the impression you make on the people around you.
The good thing is. I will never blame someone who wants to take a drive with their toes tucked into a plush carpet. But that makes the Ghost a little hard to see again in the traditional sense.
Specifications to know
- From: $ 314,400
- Extended wheelbase: approximately $ 350,000
- 6.7-liter twin-turbo V12 engine
- 563 horsepower
- 627 lb-ft of torque
- 8-speed automatic transmission
- All-wheel drive
- Fuel economy: 14 combined / 12 city / 19 highway
Let’s talk about aesthetics
Each element of the Rolls-Royce Ghost is an exercise in opacity. As my husband told me when I tried to describe what the RR experience was like, this is a car that requires an hour-long introductory course just to tell you how consider By using it.
Jill Robbins from Ripped jeans and bifocal glasses and I didn’t have that luxury. As you can imagine, the Ghost was a big favorite at TAWA Spring Roundup, so we both pulled away over lunch for our drive-through shoot. It meant no one was there to tell us how, you know … to start it.
Yes. Even the start-up procedure is opaque. There was no key so we knew we were looking a start button. But we haven’t seen any. There is a parcel buttons on the dash and center console, but none of our increasingly frantic pushes had an impact. Eventually, Jill looked to the left of the steering wheel and found the start button in a place that no other automaker had placed a start button.
And that was just the start. It’s not a car with tags. It’s a car that requires you to know where everything is. So, researching the climate controls, figuring out with the eternal row of numbered buttons, finding the volume button, or figuring out how to close the doors was a chore. There is, apparently, a button you can push to close the doors for you. I used the odd dash placed just under the door windows to slam them shut like some kind of Neanderthal. I wanted to dig my toes into the lambswool rugs, but I couldn’t say what was worse: touching that expensive fabric with my smelly feet or touching it with my mean Vans who have seen the worst side of the races. I wanted to take a closer look at the glasses that come in the rear console, but I couldn’t believe that my dirty hands wouldn’t immediately shatter the glass just because of my plebeian presence.
How it works ?
I’ll be honest: the Ghost wasn’t a particularly pleasant ride. I have watched other reviews praising his fabulous execution and high levels of power at the tap. I won’t necessarily say to disagree, but I want to counter it by saying that there are a lot of other things that make the drive of the Ghost quite a mediocre experience, starting with its size.
The Ghost is long, wide and heavy. It is a limousine without actually being a limousine. It has huge blind spots and a mile-long hood that you need a telescope to look at. Of course, there is power, but you have to stand on the accelerator, pray for patience, and send a cry for help to all the gods who will listen before you feel a move. The motor is quiet and smooth, but part of that is because the braking is so smooth that you can’t help but slow down every slowdown. The Ghost will handle tight corners and bumpy roads thanks to its adaptive suspension, but it’s hard to feel comfortable behind the wheel.
If I ever woke up one morning to find that I had been traded for an Orca, I imagine it would remind me a lot of driving the Ghost: simultaneously skillful and unwieldy, big enough that you have no idea what’s going on with your rear end but skillful enough at his job that you probably know most of all get used to it after a while.
Driving the Ghost was a weird experience because I didn’t to hate that, but I don’t really like he. Having said that, I’m the type of person who wouldn’t complain about going on a date at a “good restaurant.””Which turns out to be a garden of olive trees. I’m not the target audience, not even for an entry-level Rolls-Royce. It is a car for people who have a lot of money and who want to flaunt it with a very opulent brand that immediately conveys an image of luxury. as you see it but don’t necessarily care about applying performance specs.
The good thing is. I just don’t think I’m rich enough to understand the allure.