Six Unique Angles on the 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost

May 08, 2015 03:00 PM EDT | Jeff Jablansky

It's not always easy to make a statement with a car in New York City.

Taxis, buses, bicyclists, and anonymous green and black cabs vie for the relatively meager amount of asphalt on the island of Manhattan. In the city where even executives arrive at meetings via underground subway passages—or by private helicopter—it takes a lot to get noticed.

None of that really matters, however, when you arrive in a Rolls-Royce.

That's what we learned when we had the chance to pilot Rolls-Royce's recently updated Ghost limousine for several days earlier this spring. Pedestrians can't help but turn their heads when the V-12-powered, 563-hp Ghost wafts by, ever so silently but with the presence of a penthouse apartment. It's a point of discussion. It draws much staring. It's a drivable objet d'art.

Best of all, if the opportunity arises to borrow a Ghost, you'll enjoy driving it as much as you will being a passenger. In a world where Rolls-Royce refers to its cars' back seats as "rear compartments," there is still joy in being driven in a hand-assembled Ghost. But that V-12 does more than provide effortless power: It hauls.

Here, we present six different ways to look at the stately Ghost:

The blunt front end of the Ghost takes cues from its big brother, the Phantom. Its upright grille and Spirit of Ecstasy point the way forward.
The modern-day Rolls-Royce emblem, Spirit of Ecstasy, has a techy secret: It can be raised or lowered manually using interior controls, or set to hide automatically when the car is parked. It's also backlit, for those moments when making a statement is key.
The cabin of the Ghost is splendid, and can be customized almost infinitely—from choice of leather color to the grain and feel of dashboard finishes. Here's the view from the driver's seat, which few of the Ghost's passengers will see.
Own every street where the Ghost traverses, thanks to a wide stance, pronounced shoulder lines, and long, flowing lines from front to back. Our Ghost brightened up the West Village on a rainy spring morning.
Open wide: The Ghost's suicide doors are intended to provide easy access for all passengers. The rear-hinged rear doors will close softly at the push of a button, just as they do on the Wraith coupe, and are most properly opened by a white-gloved driver.
Underneath the 59th Street Bridge, parked on Roosevelt Island, the Ghost exudes enormous old-world charm. Under the Ghost's hood are 563 horsepower, which fail to shake the iconic structure.

By the numbers: 2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost

MSRP: $291,250 (includes destination charge)

Power / drive wheels: 6.6-liter, 563-hp biturbo V-12 engine / rear-wheel drive

Transmission: 8-speed automatic transmission

EPA fuel economy (mpg): 13 city / 20 highway

In showrooms: Now

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