New Rolls-Royce Ghost Prepares To Battle Bentley Flying Spur

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The new Rolls-Royce is getting closer to production.

After 11 years on the market, the Rolls-Royce Ghost ended production last year, which was marked with the Zenith Collector's Edition limited to just 50 examples. Replacing it will be an all-new model to battle the Bentley Flying Spur. Rolls-Royce promises the new luxury limo will "elevate the Ghost name, and the company itself, to new heights of excellence and ambition in design, engineering, materials, and driving dynamics."

The new Rolls-Royce Ghost will debut in the middle of 2020, but we don't have to wait until then to see it. New spy shots give us an early look at the next-generation "entry-level" Rolls-Royce. We last saw the new Ghost loaded on a transporter, but now a new prototype has been spotted out on a test drive as production gets closer.

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Compared to earlier sightings, this latest Rolls-Royce Ghost has less camouflage and no longer has plastic under the foil, giving us a better look at the sleek shape. Don't expect any radical changes, but the production headlights are slimmer and the grille appears to be larger, giving the Ghost a more modern look in-line with the new Phantom and Cullinan.

We also have some new spy shots of the next-generation Ghost's interior, which shares a lot in common with the Cullinan. The new dashboard is clearly inspired by the Cullinan and has been updated with a fully digital driver's display and a wide infotainment screen.

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The next-generation Ghost will adopt Rolls Royce's Architecture of Luxury platform that underpins the Phantom and Cullinan. Powertrain options haven't been confirmed, but the new Ghost could adopt a 6.75 liter twin-turbo V12. In the Phantom, this unit produces 563 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque.

Considering the outgoing Ghost was Rolls-Royce's best-selling model of all time, the all-new version is a very important model and should be another success story for Rolls-Royce after the Cullinan helped the luxury automaker break sales records last year. It's already been in development for five years, so expectations are extremely high.

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