Rolls-Royce confirms when the current Ghost will end production.
Introduced in 2009, the Rolls-Royce Ghost is one of the company's best-selling models and helped introduce younger customers to the ultra-luxury brand. Ten years later, Rolls-Royce is preparing to replace the luxury sedan with a new second-generation model, but we didn't know when the current model will finish production – until now.
In a press release announcing a Black Badge version of the Ghost being displayed at the NEC Classic Motor Show in Birmingham, UK, Rolls-Royce confirmed that "2019 marks the end of the model family's remarkable ten-year tenure in which it has secured uninterrupted commercial and critical success."
Distinguishing the Ghost Black Badge is a Dark Emerald and Black Diamond exterior with a Seashell and black interior and Technical Fiber veneer. The iconic Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is also finished in dark chrome.
Now that Rolls-Royce has confirmed the current Ghost will be retired this year, it seems very likely that its successor will debut next year to rival the new Bentley Flying Spur. Like other current models, the new Ghost will ride on the automaker's aluminum architecture, which will make the luxury sedan lighter and stiffer than the current model.
While the Cullinan and Phantom are powered by a new 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12, reports claim the new Ghost will retain the current model's 6.6-liter version. In the current Ghost, the V12 units produce 563 horsepower, but the new-generation Ghost should get a power bump. It could also adopt the Cullinan's all-wheel-drive system.
Don't expect any drastic design changes, however, as spy shots have shown the new Ghost will have a very familiar design with subtle changes such as a larger grille and slimmer headlights to match the new Phantom. Bigger changes will be found inside, as the more technologically advanced cabin will be updated with a fully digital instrument cluster and a larger screen for the infotainment system.