For those who desire sybaritic luxury and a spirited driving experience in the same ultra-pricey motorcar, the 2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost is your answer. The interior boasts sumptuous leather seating and handsomely crafted wood veneers. A 6.6-liter V-12 engine runs near-silently under the Ghost's long bonnet and provides effortless acceleration—just don't expect sharp handling to match. The Ghost's suspension is tuned for comfort and its driving demeanor doesn't try to be anything but plush.
Other than a new dark-brushed metal finish option for the Ghost's interior dashboard trim, it carries over unchanged from the 2019 model. Since 2020 will be the final model year before a full redesign. Ordering a Ghost—or any Rolls-Royce for that matter—is a deeply personal thing and a plethora of personalization options await you. We would recommend springing for the Extended Wheelbase model, though.
The Ghost's hood is topped by the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy ornament. Underneath it lives a twin-turbo, 6.6-liter V-12 good for 563 horsepower that's paired to a satellite-aided gearbox. This setup uses GPS data to read the roadscape ahead of you in an effort to anticipate your driving needs and shift gears at precisely the right moment. Black Badge models make another 40 ponies; Rolls claims a governed top speed of 155 mph for every version.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the Ghost aren't great—but really, what 12-cylinder doesn't guzzle gas? While shuttling around town, your driver should expect about 12 mpg. Taking a long-distance highway drive should net around 18 mpg. We haven't taken the Ghost on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test, but if we do, we'll update this story with results.
To enter the cavernous back seat on the Ghost Series II, have your personal assistant open the rear-hinged door. Available with a short or long wheelbase, the Series II provides generous spread-out space; one-percenters will be happy to know that they will be treated to some of the finest interior materials on the planet. The cabin can even be outfitted with a headliner that replicates a star-studded night sky, while two 9.2-inch screens complete the Ghost's rear-seat theater system.
All Ghosts come with a large infotainment touchscreen in the front with navigation, but a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system is an option that allows passengers to control the car's radio, navigation, and other infotainment features remotely. An 18-speaker premium stereo system is also available to replace the car's standard 16-speaker unit.
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