Baby Phantom set for evolutionary updates for the second-generation model.
Having been on sale for nearly a decade, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is overdue an update. The baby Phantom received a mid-cycle facelift back in 2014, so the time seems right for a new model to be unleashed. And now we can confirm that a second-generation Rolls-Royce Ghost is coming, seen here for the very first time loaded on a transporter in photos sent by our spy photographers.
While the early prototype is disguised in heavy layers of camouflage, it’s clear that the second-generation Ghost will adopt an evolutionary design that won’t be drastically different to its predecessor. This isn’t surprising – the Ghost is a big seller for Rolls-Royce, so the automaker won’t want to risk alienating its loyal customers. Expect to see some subtle changes, such as a larger grille and new slimmer headlights akin to the new Phantom.
The next-generation Ghost will adopt Rolls-Royce’s new aluminum space frame architecture, dubbed the Architecture of Luxury, that debuted with the 2018 Phantom, meaning the entry-level Rolls-Royce will be lighter, quieter, and even more refined. All-wheel-drive could also be added to the line-up as an option.
Power will most likely come from the company’s new 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12 that debuted in the Phantom VIII and also powers the obscenely opulent Cullinan SUV. In the larger Phantom, the V12 unit produces 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, enabling the luxury limo to hit 62 mph from a standstill in 5.3 seconds before topping out at 155 mph. Rumors also suggest an all-electric version could also arrive later. As for when the new Rolls-Royce Ghost will debut, we'll most likely have to wait until 2021 for the official reveal according to our spies.